Hall of Fame Award

Established in 1985 by the FAU Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame Award recognizes extraordinary alumni who demonstrate exceptional service and commitment to their profession or to the community.

2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

Melissa Durbin, B.S.N. ‘96, M.S. ‘10

Distinguished Alumna

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Melissa Durbin is the Chief Nursing Officer/VP at Boca Regional Hospital since 2013. In her role, she has been instrumental in supporting excellence in nursing practice, with a focus on operations, leadership, team building and program design. Melissa joined Boca Raton Regional Hospital in 2006 as Executive Director of the Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute. She is a seasoned professional with over 30 years in nursing practice and leadership.

Melissa obtained her Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing degrees from FAU Christine e. Lynn College of Nursing with a focus on Administrative finance and Nursing Leadership.

Melissa is the past President of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, and the past President of the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives and a member of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Advisory Board. Melissa obtained her undergraduate and Graduate Nursing degrees from FAU Christine e. Lynn College of Nursing.

Prior to joining the hospital, Durbin served as the Director of Trauma and Critical Care Services at Delray Medical Center. She was responsible for the administrative trauma service functions as well as the clinical operations of the Level II Trauma Service. Durbin actively participated in county and state initiatives for access to trauma care.

Michael Metzner, M.D., B.A. ‘12

Distinguished Alumnus

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

Dr. Michael Metzner graduated in 2012 from the Wilkes Honors College at FAU as a Flagler Schol- ar with a double concentration in Biological Chemistry and Visual Art with a passion to unite the arts and sciences. Dr. Metzner completed the MD program at the University of Central Florida, where he continued to find ways of combining his passions. He founded the organization, Arts In Medicine, and the medical art-literary journal, The Script. Dr. Metzner was elected as Vice Chair- man of the National Committee of Bioethics and Humanities at the American Medical Association. Dr. Metzner’s accomplishments led him to be named the national Pabst Foundation Art Scholar.

Dr. Metzner continued his post-graduate training as a general surgery resident at the UTHSCSA, one of the leading trauma centers in the country. There he continued to publish in peer-reviewed journals and continued to be involved on the national stage within the AMA, where he testified on gun reform after being one of the physicians in the trauma bay during the Sutherland Springs mass shooting.

In 2017 he was selected as a Medical Communications Fellow for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. With Dr. Metzner’s diverse career in the arts and sciences, he was quickly promoted to a medical advisor and Associate Producer. He currently works with the writers to help create medical stories, working with the directors and actors to produce the most realistic and captivating stories, all while teaching millions of viewers about medicine each week. Although relatively new to Hollywood, Dr. Metzner has already worked on projects with ABC, HBO, CBS, FOX, and Netflix with some of the greatest storytellers in the industry.