Award Recipients

2017 Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award: Margaret Tempero, MD (Class of 1977)

Dedication to Student Excellence Award:
Drs. Paul & Audrey Paulman (Class of 1977)

Early Career Achievement Award: Jill Poole, MD (Class of 1999)

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Margaret Tempero, MD (Class of 1977)

Margaret Tempero

Dr. Margaret Tempero is Director of the UCSF Pancreas Center and Leader of the UCSF Pancreas Cancer Program. She oversees a full portfolio of projects from risk assessment to early detection, biology, and therapeutics in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Her personal research career has focused on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, especially in the area of investigational therapeutics.

Dr. Tempero was a pioneer in the use of antibody-based therapies and helped develop the fixed dose rate concept for gemcitabine. Her group has developed effective gemcitabine combinations and provided a foundation for using CA19-9 as a surrogate for survival in clinical trials, and currently is assessing molecular subtypes and molecular enrichment for selecting new drugs for clinical evaluation. Dr. Tempero directed the first GI SPORE devoted to pancreatic cancer when she was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and subsequently led the NCI funded U54 Molecular Target Assessment Team at UCSF.

She is currently a DreamTeam investigator on a Stand Up To Cancer grant. Dr. Tempero is also a co-investigator on an NIH U01 grant which is a collaborative project working with investigators at Kaiser and Stanford to establish early detection cohorts at risk for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

As a thought leader, Dr. Tempero organized the first Pancreas Cancer Think Tank in 1999 and co-led the NCI sponsored Progress Review Group on Pancreatic Cancer in 2000. She has served as the Chair of the NCCN Guidelines Panel on Pancreatic Cancer since 2000, and also serves as co-chair on the Pancreas Task Force Tissue Acquisition Working Group for the NCI intergroup and co-organized the State of the Science meeting on pancreatic cancer at the NCI.

Dr. Tempero has extensive experience in scientific review and administration, training and oversight. She co-directed the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research in Vail for 3 years and spent 9 years of service teaching this course and similar courses in Europe and Australia. She was founding Chair of the NCI Clinical Oncology Study Section (CONC) and served as a member and Chair of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors Subcommittee A. She is on the External Advisory Board of the Pancreas SPORE at the Mayo Clinic.

She is, or has been, on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Lustgarten Foundation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the V Foundation, The Alberta Canada Cancer Board and the EORTC. She has held many appointments at AACR and ASCO and served as a member of the ASCO Board of Directors and as ASCO President in 2004. Dr. Tempero served as a member of the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee for the FDA from 2007-2011. She served as Deputy Director and Interim Director for the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center until 1999, and Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology at UCSF (2000-2007) and Deputy Director and Director of Research Programs at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) from 2000 to 2012.



Drs. Paul & Audrey Paulman (Class of 1977)

Paul Paulman  Audrey Paulman

Paul Paulman, M.D.
Paul Paulman is from Sutherland, Nebraska.  He attended Kearney State College in Kearney, NE and went on to earn his medical degree in 1977 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.  Dr. Paulman completed her residency in family practice at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa where he was Chief Resident from 1979-1980.  

Paul Paulman is assistant dean for clinical, education, and quality at the UNMC College of Medicine.  He is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and is a family physician with UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, with courtesy appointments at Methodist Hospital and Immanuel Hospital.  He also serves as a preceptor for House Officers in Family Medicine and Obstetrics.

He is the principal investigator on a $5.5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust that funded four high-tech simulation trucks as part of the Simulation in Motion Nebraska (SIM-NE).  The trucks provide training opportunities on life-saving procedures for rural emergency medical providers and hospitals.

Dr. Paulman has consistently been recognized for his teaching innovations.  In 2017, he was honored with one of  the inaugural Impact in Education Awards from the UNMC Office of Academic Affairs that recognizes individuals who demonstrate ingenuity, courage and creativity in teaching.  In 2010, he was awarded the University-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity award.  Of his teaching philosophy, Dr. Paulman says, “the greatest reward of being a teacher is helping students progress from memorizing to problem-solving.”

Dr. Paulman, alongside his wife and fellow family physician Dr. Audrey Paulman, was integral in creating and growing the UNMC Sharing Clinic (Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups), the student-run clinic that provides care to the underserved in Omaha and is recognized nationally as a model for student-run clinics.   Dr. Paulman has served as a faculty advisor to the Sharing Clinic and its student and volunteered at countless clinic nights; impacting countless UNMC medical and health professions students. 

Dr. Paulman is a member of the Department of Family Medicine writing team and has published numerous journal articles, books, and book chapters.  His professional areas of interest include: disease prevention; smoking cessation; depression; and inter-professional collaboration.  He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including:  the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Metro Omaha Medical Society, the American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Audrey Paulman, M.D.


Audrey Paulman is originally from Dixon, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and went on to earn her medical degree in 1977 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.  Dr. Paulman completed her residency in family practice at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  In addition, she completed a Masters of Medical Management (M.M.M.) degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Audrey Paulman is a clinical professor at UNMC in the Department of Family Medicine where she teaches and serves as a preceptor for medical students.  She is a clinic physician at the Durham Outpatient Center at Nebraska Medicine.

Dr. Paulman, alongside her husband and fellow family physician Dr. Paul Paulman, was integral in creating and growing the UNMC Sharing Clinic (Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups), the student-run clinic that provides care to the underserved in Omaha and is recognized nationally as a model for student-run clinics.   Through the SHARING Clinic and its several locations, Audrey Paulman has advised and mentored hundreds of UNMC health professions students.  Her work through Sharing has led to countless opportunities for students to learn through hands on clinical experiences, community service, and attendance at national meetings of student run clinic representatives.  She has taken the lead in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the UNMC SHARING Clinical Programs. At a national level, she has served as a faculty advisor for the Society of Student Run Free Clinics, as well as the Student Run Free Clinic Faculty Association.

She has been active in the UNMC initiative in China, traveling to provide lectures several years. In addition, she and her husband have co-edited ten textbooks of family medicine including the latest edition of Taylor’s Principles and Practice of Family Medicine.  Their textbooks have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dr. Paulman is active in the local Omaha community through several organizations and volunteer roles. She is currently the editor of the Metro Omaha Medical Society’s Physicians Bulletin, and serves on the State of Nebraska Women’s Health Advisory Council. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In addition to her husband, her immediate family includes son Roger, a UNMC College of Medicine graduate from the class of 2005 and his wife Nicole who also graduated with her M.D. in 2005. The Paulmans also have a daughter, Kate Crowley, who is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City Law School and is married to Michael Crowley, also a UMKC law alum. 

Audrey likes to spend time with her three grandchildren and, in her spare time, likes to do genealogy.

Jill Poole, MD (Class of 1999)

Jill Poole

Dr. Jill A. Poole is a Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy Division, and is the Medical Director of Allergy Services at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  She is originally from Grand Island, Nebraska, and completed her medical school training at University of Nebraska graduating in 1999. 

During medical school, she took one year to research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.  She completed an Internal Medicine residency program at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and fellowship training in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at National Jewish Medical Center/University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver, Colorado.  She was recruited back to University of Nebraska Medical Center in the summer of 2005. 

Dr. Poole’s primary research work has been focused on agricultural-related respiratory diseases since 2005, and she has published over 50 peer-reviewed studies. She has also been the lead investigator on clinical studies with hive patients.  Importantly, she published a landmark study in the field of hives showing that vitamin D supplementation was beneficial in patients with chronic hives.  She has had funding through the NIH (NIEHS) and NIOSH since 2007.  

She is also active in the American Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society; she also serves as the Occupational Airway Disease section editor of the journal, Current Allergy and Asthma Reports. She has also served on NIH study sections.

Dr. Poole maintains a busy clinical practice at Nebraska Medicine caring for patients with allergic and asthmatic disorders.  She has recently expanded Clinical Allergy and Immunology at Nebraska Medicine by recruiting back to UNMC her prior mentees: Drs. Sara May, Andrew Rorie and Joel VanDeGraaff. She now serves as Section Chief of Allergy at UNMC.