Carol Maidment, 66, of High Street, Findon, has nominated Worthing Hospital surgeon Mazin Sayegh for this year’s health hero award.
Her nomination comes after she needed gastric surgery and was cared for by Mr Sayegh.
Carol said: “The care I have received from this man could not be bettered anywhere and Worthing is very lucky to have him.
“He is kind, patient, takes the time to out you at ease and explain and answer any doubts or questions you may have.
“And it is all done with a gentle manner and a lovely sense of humour.
“You could ask this man anything.
“He is not full of his own importance and I know he is highly thought of by the people that work with him. If only there were more like him.”
She added: “He deserves to be recognised for the caring gentleman he is.
“He is one in a million.”
Mr Sayegh has worked at Worthing Hospital since 2002 and specialises in gastricintestinal and keyhole surgery.
He said being a surgeon was a childhood dream for him.
This week, he reacted with surprise and shock at being told of the nomination.
The father-of-two said: “I am absolutely delighted.
“I have done the procedure for her and I have done it for lots of other people.
“I do get thanks but to go the extra mile and nominate me – I am absolutely gobsmacked.
“I am very, very grateful to her. I am very flattered.”
He added: “I really do care about my patients.
“We do a lot of good work here and what makes me happy is when you see a patient doing well.”
He said he hoped this nomination would inspire his children to reach for their dream.