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Omaha, Neb. – Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is delighted to announce that Dr. Deborah Turner has joined our staff as associate medical director. She will serve as PPHeartland’s primary abortion care provider in Nebraska.  


Asked what led her to serve in this role at PPHeartland, Dr. Turner calls on experience: “As a gynecologic oncologist I appreciate the importance of access to premiere health services for women at critical times in their lives: pap smears; mammograms; breast exams; and safe, nonjudgmental abortion care. 


“I was at a point in my life where I was ready to change gears but continue to do meaningful work. This is an opportunity to expand on a mission of serving those in need with compassion—the thing that makes practicing medicine worthwhile.”


Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in gynecologic oncology, Dr. Turner has worked at the University of Nebraska, University of Iowa, and Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Turner has worked as a practitioner and medical director of gynecologic oncology at hospitals throughout Iowa. She retired from Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines in 2015. Since that time, Dr. Turner has served as vice president of International Programs for The Outreach Program providing medical care in Tanzania. 


PPHeartland President and CEO Suzanna de Baca said, “Dr. Turner’s experience and achievements in medicine are monumental, and we look forward to her contributions to the communities we serve. She truly shares Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s commitment to care, no matter what.”


Dr. Turner earned a bachelor of science from Iowa State University, and a doctorate of medicine from the University of Iowa, where she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She was awarded a fellowship in gynecologic oncology, which she completed at MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Texas. 


In addition to her extensive medical career dedicated to women’s health, Dr. Turner earned a juris doctorate from Drake University and has served on the Iowa Board of Regents. She has served as president of the Iowa League of Women Voters and was recently elected to serve on the national board of that organization.



Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages since the 1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma through 17 health centers plus Education Resource Centers in Des Moines, Lincoln and Omaha.


Planned Parenthood of the Heartland


Contact: Rachel Lopez

(515) 249-6084 

[email protected]


October 10, 2016