A Perfect Match

It was a surprise reunion that came from halfway around the world! Lincoln resident Ken Vice (a native of Canada) donated bone marrow to Chrissy Gordon (a resident of Australia) in 2000, saving her life after she developed leukemia. This week, Gordon came all the way from Australia to surprise Vice on his 70th birthday. […]

Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center Earns Chest Pain Accreditation

Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center has again earned full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The designation is awarded based on a rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart […]

Nebraska Medicine Transplant Team Performs the First Heart-Lung Transplant in the State of Nebraska

“I felt like I was missing out on a lot.” Growing up, 15-year-old Maria Wilmes couldn’t participate in sports. She couldn’t walk down the school hallway without stopping to catch her breath. Couldn’t plan for the future – until now. In December 2017, Maria became the first patient to receive a heart-lung transplant at Nebraska […]

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon Stops by for a Tour

How do you explain the work being done at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center to a retired Air Force Brigadier General? Charles Enke, MD, chair of the UNMC Department of Radiation Oncology, explained it to Rep. Don Bacon this way: “From the military standpoint, this is the war on cancer.” Bacon spent time […]

Cardiac Sonographer Treats Unique Patient

It was a day just like any other, and Walker Thomas, cardiac sonographer, UNMC Department of Anesthesiology, was about to perform an echocardiogram on a patient. Thomas packed up the Phillips CX50 portable ultrasound machine and drove to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. His next patient? A 24-year-old, 390-pound gorilla named Sampson. “Gorilla hearts […]

Physicians Enjoy Big Ten Spotlight

Nebraska Medicine and UNMC physicians recently received nationwide publicity, after being featured in the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium December newsletter. Pavankumar Tandra, MBBS, medical oncologist, was profiled in the newsletter’s Investigator Spotlight. Matthew Lunning, DO, hematologist/medical oncologist, and David Anderson, PhD, post-doctoral research associate in UNMC’s Mind & Brain Health Labs, shared an article […]

New Surgical Procedure Improves Outcomes for Most Advanced Atrial Fibrillation Cases

Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating, often starts gradually. At first, you may notice an occasional, brief feeling of a skipped or fluttering heartbeat. As it progresses, it may be accompanied by stronger heart palpitations, fainting, dizziness or shortness of breath. Many cases of arrhythmia are treatable with medications […]

Second Hybrid Operating Room Opens

The New Hybrid Room Accommodates Growing Needs of the Heart and Vascular Program A second hybrid operating room opened Nov. 30 and has already been put to good use with more than 50 procedures being done so far. “The opening of a second hybrid operating room allows us to expand our capabilities for performing the […]

UNMC Announces Most Advanced MRI Scanner in Nebraska

A new arrival has joined UNMC, and it will allow the school to compete with the elite research institutions in the country to better understand the complexities of the brain. The new arrival comes in the form of the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in Nebraska — a state-of-the-art, 28,000-pound unit that will […]

Pancreatic Cancer Team Provides Patients Best Fighting Chance

Pancreatic cancer is expected to become the No. 2 cause of cancer death in the United States within the next few years. It’s a cancer that’s been difficult to beat. In most cases, it has no symptoms until it has reached advanced stages. The multi-disciplinary team of specialists at the Nebraska Medicine Pancreatic Cancer Program […]

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