Our History



Dr. Alfred Schalek


Dr. Shalek was appointed Professor of Dermatology and Genito-Urinary Diseases in 1907 where he served as the Head of Dermatology from 1919-1935. Dr. Shalek was an attending dermatologist in multiple hospitals and the Child Saving Institute. He was active in multiple dermatology societies and wrote "the book" in dermatology at the time entitled "Diseases of the Skin".



Dr. Guinter Kahn


Dr. Guinter Khan was born in Trier, Germany in 1934 and immigrated to Omaha in 1938. Dr. Kahn graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1954, earning a bachelor's degree in biology. Dr. Kahn went on to discover minoxidil (Rogaine), the first FDA-approved treatment for hair growth. He and Dr. Paul Grant applied for a patent for the topical version of the drug minoxidil after discovering that patients who had been receiving it orally to treat hypertension grew hair. Dr. Kahn was a major philathropic supporter of UNMC having funded an endowment to the McGoogan Library of Medicine. 



Dr. Ramon Fusaro


Ramon Fusaro MD, PhD was named Professor and Head of Dermatology at UNMC. He received his medical degree from University of Minnesota where he worked from 1957-1970.  In 1975, he was appointed to Creighton University School of Medicine and remained on faculty at both universities until 2008. Dr. Fusaro contributed more than 264 articles to professional publications, 37 book chapters and abstracts to professional societies. Dr. Fusaro was instrumental in the discovery of Familial Atypical Multiple Mole Melanoma (FAMMM) Syndrome.



Dr. John Latenser


Dr. John Latenser  graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1946. Dr. Latenser was a pioneer and innovator. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for over fifty years. Although he comes from a family of architects (his grandfather John L. Latenser, Sr. designed Central High School) he chose medicine and started private practice in general surgery as a general surgeon and volunteer faculty member who saw private patients, made house calls and rollerbladed every day.

Dr. Latenser was a founding member of the American College of Chemosurgery. (Dr. Frederick Mohs was the founder), now called the American College of Mohs Surgery.