It's hard to believe that 2016 is gone. Our department is excited about several changes that have occurred over the past few months. We moved into our brand new clinic facility at the Lauritzen Outpatient Center. We were able to double our clinic space, and it provides us with state of the art facilities to better care for our patients. Also, the new Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will open the summer of 2017. This facility will provide cutting edge technology for patients with all types of cancer. Our facility at Village Pointe has undergone significant remodeling, and before the New Year, our department moved into brand new, start of the art clinic facilities at the Village Pointe location. In addition to new clinic facilities, there is a brand new ambulatory surgical center to better serve our patients in West Omaha and points further West in the state.
Dr. Sam Pate became our Department Vice Chair and Resident Program Director in July. The department is pleased to announce that we received permission to advance our resident program from 2 a year to 3 a year beginning this past July. This is the first time since 1985 that the program has seen a growth in residents. Thanks to a huge increase in our surgical numbers and our program directors Drs. Sam Pate and Gary Moore, we were able to make this happen.
Since we last communicated, our core facility has grown by three physicians, Drs. Tim Knudsen, Estelle Chang, and Christie Barnes.
Dr. Christie Barnes who joined us in August 2015 is the director of resident education and serves as associate program director.
The department also welcomes two new physician assistants, Anne Storey and Carla Schneider as well as two new audiologists, Starla Filippelli and Lauren Liebig-Trehearn. These four providers have been a great addition to our team.
We are also happy to announce that Dr. Chris Bingcang is our department director of medical student education and career planning. Chris will assist those medical students interested in a career in otolaryngology.
In the near future, we will welcome Dr. Jonathan Hatch back to the department after completing his 2-year neuro-otology fellowship. He will be working with Dr. Gary Moore to expand our already busy neuro-otology program.
Thanks to all of you that have supported our program over the past several months, I wish you a wonderful 2017.
Dwight T. Jones, M.D.
Anthony J. Yonkers Professor and Chair
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Nebraska Medical Center