Tamara Dolphens, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant Program

University of Nebraska Medical Center
984300 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4300

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Medicine, 2011

Master of Physician Assistant Studies – 2004 – University of Nebraska Medical Center
Bachelor of Science – Biology – 2002 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor of Science – Psychology – 2002 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam - #1066534; Initial 1/05, Renewal 4/2010
Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 10/2011
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 4/2011
Basic Life Support and First Aid for Health Care Providers, 3/2011
Lipid Management Training Course, 10/2006
Certified Nursing Assistant, 5/1998

Primary Teaching Responsibilities: 
Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession
Medical Ethics
PA specific courses including Adult and Pediatric Medicine I & II, Clinical Skills I & II
Clinical Year Coordinator

Scholarly Activity:
IRB #440-12-EX.  Primary Care Interprofessional Clinical Pilot Project.  10/31/2012, active.
IRB #497-12-EX.  Identification of BMI, Diagnosis, and Intervention in the Inpatient Unit during the period of one year, at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.  9/22/2012, active.
IRB #220-12-EP.  HEROES Database Registry.  The HEROES program at Children's Hospital and Medical Center is a program for morbidly obese children or obese children with associated co-morbidities.  The purpose of this registry is to expand upon the HEROES program to collect data on demographic and environmental factors that influence pediatric obesity.  4/25/2012, active
IRB#416-10FB.  A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind 8 week Study to Evaluate the Long Term Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Aliskiren Compared to Enalapril in Pediatric Hypertensive Patients 6-17 years of age.  8/1/2011, closed.
IRB#295-10FB.  A Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized 52 week Extension Study to Evaluate the Dose Response, Efficacy, and Safety of in Pediatric Hypertensive Patients 6-17 years of age.  7/1/2011, closed.
IRB#518-0307.  Ezetimibe Monotherapy in the Preventive Pediatric Cardiology Clinic.  3/1/2007, closed.
IRB#470-0106. Factors Influencing the Decision to Schedule an Appointment with a Physician Assistant versus a Physician in a Pediatric Specialty Clinic. 1/6/2006, closed.

Hanson C, Anderson-Berry A, Hoskins S, Lyden E, Bilek L, Dolphens T,  Hartman K, Hawkins M, Fernadnez C. Vitamin D Status and Associations with Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in Children Enrolled in a Medical Weight Management Program Journal of Infant, Childhood, and Adolescent Nutrition 2014; DOI: 10.1177/1941406414538496

Grivett, Beth.  So You Want to be a Physician Assistant: Your Guide to a New Career, 2nd Edition. Chapter 3: Who’s the Boss? – Navigating your way around the hospital.  Lightning Source Publications, 2012.

Dolphens TA, Fletcher SE, Strawn JK. "Ezetimibe monotherapy in the preventative pediatric cardiology clinic." Journal of Clinical Lipidology. May 2007.

Dolphens, TA. "Utilization of a pediatric cardiology trained physician assistant in an outpatient pediatric cardiology outpatient clinic: Factors influencing the choice to see physician assistant versus cardiologist." Presented at the 11th Annual Cardiovascular Research Symposium. University of Nebraska Medical Center. Omaha, NE. 2 Feb. 2007.

Clinical Experience: 
UNMC Physicians – Joint Division of Pediatric Cardiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton University Medical Center/Children’s Hospital & Medical Center – Omaha, NE
January, 2005 – Present

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center – Omaha, NE
HEROES Clinic (Pediatric Weight Related Illness Clinic)
August, 2009 – June, 2010

Nebraska Student-Athlete Cardiac Screening Task Force – Nebraska
Academy of Physician Assistants Representative; January 2014 – present
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Education Association
Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants
Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics
      Past President, 2009 – 2010; President, 2007 – 2009; Treasurer 2005 – 2007
American Academy of Pediatrics, Affiliate Member
National Lipid Association
American College of Cardiology, Cardiac Care Associate
American Heart Association
Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society
DHHS Nebraska Newborn Screening Advisory Committee – Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Subcommittee
EPIC for Educational Use Steering Committee – UNMC School of Allied Health Representative
Pediatric Weight Management Steering Committee – Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Outreach Committee Member & Health Coordinator at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Outdoor Activities –  I run, bike, and swim and have participated in a handful of triathlons.  My family loves attending baseball games and playing outside with our 2 young boys and 8-year-old Golden Retriever.

I enjoy reading and scrapbooking when I can find the time. My favorite author is Nicholas Sparks.

Tamara Dolphens, MPAS, PA-C
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Assistant Professor & Clinical Coordinator