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UNMC ranked in top 10 for primary care, PA programs

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., center, and Paul Paulman, M.D., professor of family medicine, right, with medical students in the simulation lab. UNMC’s primary care program jumped two slots and is now ranked No. 4 in the country in the 2016 ranking of the nation’s top graduate schools […]

Officials to join Biocontainment Unit anniversary event

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Rep. Brad Ashford and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will be among the guests Friday as the UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Unit celebrates its 10th anniversary. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, M.D., also will attend. Students, faculty and staff of UNMC […]

New Lung Transplant Program Expected to Begin Early Summer

By early summer, leadership plans to once again perform lung transplants.   Heather Strah, MD, Medical director of Lung Transplantation “There is definitely a need for a lung transplant program in this area,” says Heather Strah, MD, director of Lung Transplantation at Nebraska Medicine. “The nearest programs are almost 400 miles away. This creates quite […]

UNMC to take part in Ebola treatment study

by Jennifer Routh and Vicky Cerino Andre Kalil, M.D. UNMC researchers will take part in a clinical trial to obtain safety and efficacy data on the investigational drug ZMapp as a treatment for Ebola virus disease. The study, run by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in conjunction with the Liberian government, […]

Routine Colonoscopy Leads to Shocking Diagnosis

It started on the first anniversary of 9/11. Duane Johnson, a retired schoolteacher, wanted to make a difference. He stopped by a local Red Cross blood drive and rolled up his sleeves. From there on out, it became a trend. “I pretty much donated blood every 53 days or so,” says Johnson. “It’s easy, painless […]

Nebraska Ebola team draws presidential praise

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations From left, Angela Hewlett, M.D., Phil Smith, M.D., Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. World-class care. That’s the verdict of President Barack Obama while discussing the treatment received by Richard Sacra, M.D., at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit. President Obama was speaking Wednesday at […]

Cancer center attracting top talent

by Karen Burbach, UNMC public relations The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, which will open in 2017, has added five new translational cancer researchers to its staff in recent months. The recruits hail from some of the nation’s top scientific and medical institutions. Collectively, they bring more than $5 million in cancer research funding […]

CAR T-Cell Therapy Now Offered at Nebraska Medicine

After the T cells are collected from the patient, they are sent to a California lab to be restimulated to fight their own lymphoma. They are then returned to Nebraska Medicine to be reintroduced to the patient. Seeking Patients with Relapsed B-Cell Lymphomas for Clinical Trial It’s the fifth most common type of cancer for […]

Nebraska ranks as 10th healthiest state

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health, traveled the state in 2014 to talk with stakeholders about how to improve the state’s health indicators. His goal is to have Nebraska rank as the healthiest state in the U.S. by 2020. Ali S. Khan, M.D., […]

Dr. Smith attends State of the Union

Philip Smith, M.D. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse hosted Philip Smith, M.D., medical director of the Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Unit, as his guest at Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address. Dr. Smith, a professor of internal medicine-infectious diseases at UNMC, leads the specialized Nebraska team that treated three Ebola patients last year. “By risking their […]

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