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Surgeon’s Legacy Continues, 45 Years after First Kidney Transplant in Nebraska

Richard Steenburg, MD was destined to be a physician from the time he was a child, following in the footsteps of both his father and his grandfather. “My grandfather was a horse and buggy doctor who provided health care for a 60-mile radius covering most of the middle of the state of Nebraska. My father […]

How Breast Cancer Research Saved My Life

In September 2015, Janet Tinney was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you listen to the news, read the paper, check Facebook or talk to others, you’re frequently made aware of someone that’s been diagnosed with cancer. You think about them often, pray for them and their family, but then go on with your day-to-day life. […]

Look How Far We’ve Come!

Our skyline is changing! The photo to the left was taken Nov. 20, 2015 of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. It’s a dramatic comparison to the next photo, which was taken on July 15. The new cancer facility, which is expected to open May 2017, will ensure Nebraskans and patients throughout the region will have convenient […]

After Losing My Husband to Cancer, Nursing Saved My Life

Sara Weging is a nurse on the Oncology Hematology Special Care Unit at Nebraska Medicine. I always knew I was meant to help people, but it wasn’t until I met a very special person that I was able to recognize how I was supposed to achieve that goal. As a new undergrad, fresh out of […]

Mother Hears Son’s Heart Beating for First Time in Three Years

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness about organ donation and celebrate those who have given the ultimate gift of life. On April 1, a unique event took place at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center involving heart transplant patient Terry Hooper and his donor’s family. In June 2003, Hooper was […]

Nature study suggests pathway to possible HIV-1 cure

Kalani Simpson Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D. An international team of scientists – among them Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D., dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy – this week published a study in the journal Nature, which shows findings that suggest a pathway to a possible cure for HIV-1 infection. The print edition of […]

Nebraska Medicine Offers Cure for Hepatitis C that is 95 Percent Effective

Mark Mailliard Mark Mailliard, MD, chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Nebraska Medicine and director of the Hepatitis C Clinic, discusses exciting new treatments for Hepatitis C. Is there an actual cure for hepatitis C? How effective is this drug cocktail? Instead of “cure,” I like to use the word “eradicate.” With the drugs we […]

New Solutions for Congestive Heart Failure

As one of the largest heart failure centers in the U.S., Nebraska Medicine is participating in a nationwide clinical research trial of an investigational LVAD called HeartMate 3. For patients with advanced congestive heart failure, the heart is weak and unable to keep adequate blood circulating in the body, resulting in symptoms such as fatigue, […]

New service for sickle cell disease patients

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC public relations Jacinta Mwita and her son, Martin. A patient’s story Eleven-year-old Martin Mwita, of Omaha, has made more than 300 visits to health care facilities since he was a baby. Because of sickle cell disease, he’s suffered three strokes and countless other health episodes. Jacinta Mwita, Martin’s mother, said the […]

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 […]

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