The chief of CHOC Children’s hematology division has been featured in a leading publication as a leader in her field.
Dr. Diane Nugent, a nationally recognized expert in pediatric hematology, was profiled in a recent American Journal of Hematology supplement as one of 11 women who are making a significant impact on the specialty.
In the piece “Women Leaders in Hematology: Inspirations & Insights,” Dr. Nugent is recognized for her expertise in rare blood disorders, including platelet disorders; her research in platelets and factor XIII; and her strong advocacy for female physicians.
Dr. Nugent and her fellow subjects were selected based on frequent nominations by their peers. Their profiles were based on interviews conducted by other women who have been mentored, trained and colleagues of the subjects.
To that end, Dr. Nugent was interviewed in the piece by mentee Dr. Loan B. Hsieh, a CHOC hematologist who first met Dr. Nugent as a medical student.
“Dr. Nugent leads by example and consistently makes time for people, whether it is a researcher interested in collaborating with her or a team member needing her advice,” Dr. Hsieh says in the article. “She is committed to her faculty’s growth, and never misses an opportunity to connect them to other experts in the field.”
In the article, Dr. Nugent’s enthusiasm for teaching and clinical care is credited with attracting younger women physicians to the field.
The article notes that though men still outnumber women in medicine, female physicians have made significant gains in the field of benign hematology, most notably in hemostasis and thrombosis.