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UNMC leading national study to test drug to treat life-threatening illness

Stem cell transplants have saved countless lives of patients with blood cancers and other diseases. But, a side effect of the life-saving treatment also can rob patients of quality of life and in some cases, their life. Vijaya Bhatt, M.B.B.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center assistant professor of internal medicine and oncology/hematology, has received a […]

Bariatrics Center Earns Reaccreditation

The Bariatrics Center at Nebraska Medicine was recently awarded the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Center of Excellence. “The MBSAQIP designation is an important program certification, because it shows our commitment to the care of the bariatric patient,” says Corrigan McBride, MD, Bariatrics Center medical director. MBSAQIP works to advance […]

Double-Lung Transplant Patient Brings Organ Donation Message to Corporate Cup

On a brisk Sunday morning in September, Eric Horpedahl woke early to do something he once thought was impossible – go for a two-mile walk. The 32-year-old joined more than 5,000 walkers and runners in Omaha for the city’s annual Fight for Air Corporate Cup event. The race marked a yet another milestone for Eric […]

New Heart Procedure Helps Mitral Regurgitation Patients

For 78-year-old Viola Foley, nothing brings a bigger smile to her face than talking about family, country music or Nebraska Medicine. “I tell everyone that the nicest doctors in the world work here,” she says. “They saved my life more than once.” After raising nine children in Springfield, Neb., Foley underwent a liver transplant at […]

Extraordinary Care – Our Patients Agree

Nebraska Medical Center has earned a 2017/2018 Consumer Loyalty Award from Lincoln, Nebraska–based patient experience firm NRC Health. The award recognizes hospitals across the country that garner extraordinary loyalty from their patients. This is the award’s inaugural year, which gives its winners a singular distinction. Nebraska Medical Center was No. 6 out of 100 award […]

Orthopaedics study will impact artificial knee design

Hani Haider, Ph.D. A study by a team of researchers in the UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has challenged a doctrine surrounding knee replacement design.With science and medicine helping people live longer, people now often outlast the life of their joint cartilage. Dr. Haider receives the Adult Reconstructive Knee Poster Prize at the American Academy […]

Robotic Thyroid Surgery Now Offered at Nebraska Medicine

  After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, 24-year-old Katie O’Callaghan of Hastings, Nebraska, underwent a robotic thyroidectomy at Nebraska Medicine. The incision was made behind her earlobe.  Katie O’Callaghan was working the checkout line at her parents’ grocery store in Hastings, Nebraska, when a customer noticed a lump on O’Callaghan’s neck. The 24 year old, […]

Unique Treatment Crafted for Multiple Myeloma Patient

Muhamed Baljevic, MD, is seen with patient Vincenzo Neri. Dr. Baljevic and his team were able to respect his religious beliefs and perform a bloodless stem cell transplant. For the first time at Nebraska Medicine, a bloodless stem cell transplant has been performed on a Jehovah’s Witness. “I’m surprised, excited, relieved and thankful they respected […]

WATCHMAN Device Offers Breakthrough Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation Patients

After suffering five strokes in a matter of months, Tom Keeling and his wife Sandy began to wonder if life would ever be normal again. The 65-year-old Keeling suffered from a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation can lead to the formation of dangerous clots that increase your risk for stroke. Keeling’s […]

Dr. Zhen Named an American Society for Radiation Oncology Fellow

Weining “Ken” Zhen, MD Weining “Ken” Zhen, MD, radiation oncologist at Nebraska Medicine and professor of radiation oncology at UNMC, has been named an American Society for Radiation Oncology Fellow. The society is the world’s largest society for radiation oncology professionals. The ASTRO Fellows designation, or FASTRO, honors individuals who have significantly added to the […]

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