About Omaha & UNMC

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Population (city): 408,958

Population (metropolitan area): 865,350

42th largest city, 60th largest metropolitan area in America

College World Series statueAmeritrade ParkAmeritrade Park
Home of the Men's NCAA College World Series


  • Home to five Fortune 500 companies: Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Union Pacific, ConAgra Foods, Kiewit & Mutual of Omaha
  • Home to four Fortune 1000 companies: TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Green Plains Renewable Energy, Valmont Industries, Werner Enterprises
  • Above the national average for income, with a median household income of $59,130 versus the national average of $53,684
  • One of the lowest cost of living indexes in the country, keeping 10 - 15% below the national index
  • Median housing cost is 22% below the national average, with the average existing house price at $133,000
  • Educational opportunities are abundant: over 91% of Omaha residents have a high school diploma and 33.2% have a Bachelor's degree or higher. The national average for high school completion is 85% and only 28% have Bachelor's degrees.
  • Nebraska has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the country
  • Best Places to Retire - Forbes, March 2011
  • #2, 10 Great Cities for College Grads - Kiplinger, May 2011
  • America's Lowest-using Markets - SmartMoney.com, January 2011
  • Seven Cities That have Caught Startup Fever - Details, February 2011
  • 10 Up-And-Coming Startup Hubs From Around the World - Grasshopper Group, January 2011
  • #1, 10 Best Value Cities for 2011 - Kiplinger, July 2011
  • #1, America's Most Affordable Cities - Forbes, January 2011
  • #5, Best Cities for Young Professionals - Forbes, July 2011
  • #8, Best Cities for Families - Parenting, June 2011 

Home to WORLD FAMOUS, Henry Doorly Zoo

Hubbard Gorilla ValleySkyfair at the zoo

Indian RhinosDesert Dome

2013 US Figure Skating Championship2012 US Olympic Swim Trials
Host to 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, Centurylink Center Omaha

US Senior Open
Host to the 2013 U.S. Senior Open, Omaha Country Club

Aksarben Village (above) & Midtown Crossing (below) is where many residents reside during their residency at UNMC.

Midtown Crossing

Check-out the links below for more information about Omaha:

Omaha Extraordinary Opportunities

Omaha Chamber

Omaha Chamber Newcomer Information 


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Welcome to the University of Nebraska Medical Center

A vital enterprise in the nation’s heartland, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has its eye on improving the future of health care in Nebraska and beyond.

As Nebraska’s only public academic health sciences center, UNMC is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for patients, and to serving our state and its communities through award-winning outreach. UNMC also is committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska.

Led by Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., UNMC has six colleges and two institutes, serving more than 3,400 students in more than two dozen programs. Our primary care program was recently ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and our rural health medicine program ranked 12th. The university’s physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, and nursing master's programs also were ranked as among the top in the country.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center builds on a rich, vibrant history that dates back to the end of the 19th century. UNMC continues to be committed to its mission to improve the health of Nebraskans and beyond.

From the state’s first medical college in 1880 to a dental college (1903), pharmacy college (1908), nursing college (1917), allied health training programs (early 1930s) and the Graduate College (1942), UNMC not only expanded to meet the needs of future health professionals but also consolidated several of its colleges into an Omaha campus destined to sustain its growth.

Expansion includes College of Nursing brick-and-mortar sites in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Scottsbluff and Norfolk, Nebraska. They were built to advance nursing care and address predicted critical shortages of nurses and nursing faculty.

In 2006, UNMC formed its newest college: The College of Public Health. Its state-of-the-art building -- named the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health -- opened in 2011.

Other major building projects over the past 15 years include:

  • The Lied Transplant Center, which opened in 1999, combines the latest in transplant patient care with innovative research areas;
  • Twin research towers - the 10-level Durham Research Center, dedicated in 2003, and the Durham Research Center II, which opened in 2009;
  • The Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, which opened in 2008, is the home of the UNMC College of Medicine;
  • The Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation, a not-for-profit center designed to assist adults and children, opened in 2008;
  • The Home Instead Center for Successful Aging – which combines geriatric care and a community-style center – opened in 2010;
  • The Center for Nursing Science expansion to the UNMC College of Nursing Omaha campus opened in 2010; and
  • A student plaza – complete with an ice rink and campus art (“Hope” tower) feature – was dedicated in 2011.

These projects were built with generous gifts from philanthropists, alumni and faculty.

Durham Outpatient Center   Sorrell Center exterior 
                  Durham Outpatient Center                                                   Michael Sorrell Center for Health Science Education
UNMC's ice rink

The UNMC ice skating rink is an exact replica of Rockefeller Center ice rink in New York City. Constructed in 2009 at the request of philanthropist donors Ruth and Bill Scott. The 5,500 square foot rink is part of UNMC's student plaza and is open to the public from late November through the end of
February. At the conclusion of the ice skating season the rink is used as a place for students to study and a setting for concerts, theater productions
and other special events.


The UNMC Mission

The mission of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to improve the health of Nebraska through premier educational programs, innovative research, the highest quality patient care, and outreach to underserved populations.


The Residency Program

While the University of Nebraska Medical School has been present for 100 years, the General Surgery residency was started approximately 50 years ago. The Department of Surgery has a rich surgical heritage. Faculty members and trainees from our department have had leadership roles in American Surgery, including in the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Surgery and various regional and specialty surgical societies. During the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made in transforming the department to one which is now nationally known for its excellence in clinical surgery, education and research.  Our General Surgery training program has always enjoyed great support from our colleagues in private practice, not only in the Omaha area but in areas throughout the state of Nebraska and surrounding regions.  While the residency and clinical programs are always under a continuous state of evolution, we have enjoyed a long term affiliation with the University Hospital which is now part of the Nebraska Medical Center as a result of a joint operative agreement with Clarkson Hospital. Our other affiliated organizations include the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center, Children's Hospital and Methodist Hospital. The Department of Surgery and the University as a whole remain committed to providing excellence in patient care, resident training and student education and in fostering the growth of new knowledge through both basic and clinical research.