Work Hard, Do What’s Right

Travis Doty has a simple motto when it comes to nursing: “Work hard and do what’s right for the patient.”

It’s a motto that’s served him well. On May 11, Doty was awarded a Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. One of seven winners from across the Tristate—and selected from among 115 nominated registered nurses—Doty’s nominators described him using words like “compassionate,” “inspirational” and “hero.” But he is quick to point out that he’s inspired by the nurses he gets to work with each and every day and loves being part of the multidisciplinary team at UC Health and UC Medical Center.

“I work with great nurses,” says Doty. “I think we have a hospital full of tremendous talent.”

A certified clinical transplant coordinator by the American Board for Transplant Certification, Doty works with some of UC Health’s most critically ill patients and serves as their initial point of contact with the liver transplant program, evaluating them for transplantation and managing their care until they are transplanted.

The nature of his work allows him to develop deep and lasting relationships with his patients and the trust he’s able to build has helped many through to transplant who struggled to even make it to the waiting list.

Said one of his nominators for the Nightingale Award: “I think my favorite part of Travis is he does not give up on patients and is a believer of second chances; this is a prerequisite of a fabulous liver transplant coordinator.”

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Doty earned a BS in nursing from Wright State University in 1994 and is currently completing a nurse practitioner program. He lives with his wife and children in Mt. Lookout and enjoys running, gardening and reading.

This year marks Doty’s 20th year as a nurse at UC Medical Center and his 6th as a nurse coordinator for the liver transplant program—a role he describes as “the best job of my life.”

Now We Join in Celebration

As we celebrate 50 years of providing excellence in transplantation, breakthrough treatments and compassionate coordination of care to the region, we invite you to join us in a 50-day countdown to the anniversary of the first surgery that launched Cincinnati’s most comprehensive transplant program.

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