Dr. Long was recognized for her dedication to mission work with Hands and Hearts for Christ, which she has been doing for the past 22 years.
Hands and Hearts for Christ does most of its work in Belize and Guatemala, where it has performed more than 1,000 surgeries for underprivileged patients. The group works all year to raise funds and supplies to make its work possible.
Long received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She then completed residency training in general surgery with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in affiliation with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.