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Michelle Higginbotham and Dr. Will Chapman

Featured on Woman to Woman on June 04, 2011.

Michelle Higginbotham is a commercial realtor with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty. On February 24, 2011, she became a living kidney donor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and facilitated a six-person donation chain.

Higginbotham has a bachelor's degree from Illinois College and is working on a master's degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations, and the Capital Area Association of Realtors presented her with its Community Service Award in 2009. In 2010, she was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as one of its "Forty Under 40."

She attends Parkway Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois.

William Chapman, M.D., F.A.C.S. is professor and chief, Division of General Surgery and Section of Abdominal Transplantation, and surgical director of the Transplant Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then did his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which was followed by a Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at King's College Hospital in London. He returned to Vanderbilt University as a faculty member remaining there from 1992 until 2002.

At Vanderbilt, Chapman was a member of the Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation. His research interests were in the consequences of liver injury and the development of image-guided liver surgery. In June 2002 he was recruited to Washington University in St. Louis as the chief of the Abdominal Transplant Program. Chapman serves or has served on the editorial boards of surgical journals focused on transplantation and liver surgery (Transplantation, Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery).

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