In May of last year Nancy Stead Atwood was recognized for Outstanding Professional Achievement by her alma mater, the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.
She was recognized for her career as a medical doctor and patient advocate.
Stead established a practice in hematology, oncology and internal medicine in Gainesville in 1991. Her practice later merged with that of Dr. James Butts at the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic in 2000.
After graduating from NCS in 1962, she earned her medical degree from Duke University in Durham, NC.
She previously worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, MA. She was on the medical faculty six years at Duke University and eight years in Augusta at the Medical College of Georgia as it was then known.
Since retiring she has become a patient advocate and ethics watchdog in the profession of healthcare. She has educated consumers in her website steadfasthealthcare.com.
She met her husband Alan Atwood when he was her medical student. Today they operate a small cattle farm.
They support education with the Alan R and Nancy Stead Atwood Endowment in American History established at the National Cathedral School as well as through contributions to the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia. Their fund at the North Georgia Community Foundation supports, in part, education of hands-on craftsmen at Lanier Technical College.
In response to the May 2017 Times report of her Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Stead received an email from a colleague reading “Saw the Times coverage of the nice honor. They know that you had a successful career; but they’ll never be able to fully understand the impact of what you did for your patients in professionalism, expertise, dedication and compassion. We are a better community because you are here.”
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