Transplant Patient Celebrates Birthday with Special Visitors

  Star Wars characters stormed the west atrium at the Durham Outpatient Center Feb. 10 to help Kylie Bush celebrate her 11th birthday. In December 2016, Kylie Bush had a small intestine, liver and pancreas transplant.   For years, Kylie Bush’s name was on the waiting list for a triple-organ transplant. At a young age, […]

Emerging Therapies for Multiple Myeloma: ASH 2016 Update

The ASH meeting emphasizes the critical importance of continued research efforts. Although 2016 was a very exciting year for multiple myeloma, with the approval of four new drugs, the reality is that the majority of patients will become resistant to all available drugs. Therefore, it is still vitally important that new treatment strategies and new […]

Three Heart Transplants in 34 Hours

When transplant surgeon John Um, MD, walked into Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center the morning of April 11, little did he know, it was the start of two very long days. By the evening of April 12, Dr. Um had performed three heart transplants in 34 hours – a personal best for himself and […]

Twin Diagnosed With Rare Form Of Cancer, Brother’s Stem Cells Save Life

By: Channing Barker Posted: Feb 17, 2017 07:39 PM CST Updated: Feb 18, 2017 12:36 AM CST   FAYETTEVILLE, AR. — – Bruce and Blair Johanson have been together since the moment of conception. They now work side by side in Fayetteville. They look, talk and even walk alike. They were told at birth they […]

Longtime UNMC supporter Nancy Armitage dies

by Tom O’Connor, UNMC public relations Nancy Armitage One of UNMC’s longtime supporters, Nancy (Roker) Armitage, died Monday at her home following more than a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Armitage, who is the wife of James Armitage, M.D., a legendary oncologist at UNMC and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, was 70. Service information A […]

Heart Transplant Milestone

Dan Alexander, seen here in 1990, became our 100th patient to receive a heart transplant after using an LVAD. 114 Patients Have Received a Transplant After Using a Left Ventricular Assist Device Last year was a record-breaking one for Nebraska Medicine’s left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and heart transplant programs. Forty-two heart transplants were performed – […]

First in Omaha to Perform New Heart Procedure

Interventional cardiologist Haysam Akkad, MD, is the first to use the absorbing stent in Omaha. Jim Makey is competitive by nature. He loves winning and being first. However, being first in Omaha to receive a new absorbing stent, is not something he had in mind. “I bragged to my friends and family that I was […]

Therapy Shows Promising Results for Lymphoma Patients

Julie Vose, MD, chief of Hematology/Oncology, is seen talking with WOWT reporter Brian Mastre and lymphoma patient Amy Cheese, who has experienced tremendous results in Dr. Vose’s clinical trial. It’s the fifth most common type of cancer in U.S. adults. For years, traditional therapies to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) have included chemotherapy, radiation and a […]

HPV-Associated Cancers Continue To Rise; Preventive Vaccine Underused

Omaha’s Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 68 other national cancer centers urge action to increase national vaccination rates Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha again unites with 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing […]

One Year Later, Lung Transplant Patient Shares Journey

Phil Sauvageau Says God and Team at Nebraska Medicine Saved His Life (From left to right:) Aleem Siddique, MD, lung transplant surgical director; Phil Sauvageau, lung transplant patient; and Heather Strah, MD, lung transplant medical director. To find yourself on the brink of death is bound to be a life-changing experience. That’s how Phil Sauvageau […]

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