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News and Awards

On Feb. 11, 2021, Nebraska Medicine was the first in the United States to use the SYNERGY MEGATRON stent. Hear from Dr. Yiannis Chatzizisis and the first two patients, Kate Kilcoyne and Julie Lewis, share their experience and the positive outcomes of the new stent and avoiding having to have a bypass.


Dr. Chatzizisis honored by European Bifurcation Club

Yiannis Chatzizisis, MD, PhD, received the Bifurcation Person of the Year award during the annual international conference of the European Bifurcation Club. The annual meeting, which took place in Brussels, Belgium, is a think tank that brings together experts and opinion leaders in interventional cardiology from all around the world.

Residency Matches

Congratulations to Drs Saurabhi Samant, Behram Khan, Tasos Panagopoulos, Abdallah Naser and Khaled Harmouch for matching in their top choices of the 2022 IM residency match.


Nebraska Medicine Patients receive first SYNERGY MEGATRON Stents

Media coverage of the surgeries performed by Yiannis Chatzizisis, MD, PhD, included:

Supercomputer bridges campus, speeds data collection

UNMC’s new supercomputer — considered the Ferrari of computing by some — enables UNMC researchers to rapidly and efficiently process huge amounts of data.

Reportedly the fastest computer in the state that also is HIPAA compliant, the DGX A100 supercomputer is part of the Center for Intelligent Health Care, a University of Nebraska Board of Regents-approved Center of Excellence housed at UNMC.

Yiannis Chatzizisis, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine, and his research group of engineers and MDs, use the system to perform patient-specific computer simulations of coronary artery stenting procedures. These simulations, he said, are a faithful replica of the clinical procedures and can guide interventional cardiologists in decision-making and pre-procedural planning to improve clinical outcomes.  

iExcel Clinical Award


iEXCEL Clinical Award

Yiannis Chatzizisis, MD, PhD, received the inaugural Clinical Award from UNMC's iEXCEL program in October 2020. Dr. Chatzizisis is creating a virtual cath lab application that features VR simulation of C-Arm operations, stent placement and stent dynamics. Ceremony video

Professional Development Fellowship

Riaz Ur Rehman Mohammed received the Professional Development Fellowship from the College of Engineering at UNL for his research in nanoparticles in May 2020.

First place, Graduate Student Symposium

Riaz Ur Rehman Mohammed's work on nanoparticles won first place in the inaugural UNL College of Engineering Graduate Student Symposium in February 2020.

New Investigator Award


Dr. Chatzizisis named UNMC New Investigator 

Yiannis Chatzizisis, MD, PhD, was named a 2019 New Investigator in February 2020. 

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the previous two years secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigators also must demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

Courtesy Associate Professorship Granted

Dr. Chatzizisis obtained a courtesy Associate Professorship in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in June 2019.

PhD Qualification Exam

Mohammed Riaz Ur Rehman passed the PhD qualification exam in June 2019.

Faculty Teacher Award

In June 2019, Dr. Chatzizisis was named the UNM Cardiology Faculty Teacher of the Year.

Research Faculty Award

Basic Science Research Award

Dr. Chatzizisis received the Basic Science Research Award in June 2019 from the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine during Grand Rounds in the Durham Research Center. The annual awards recognize faculty, house officers, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists, staff and medical students for their excellent research achievements.

Dr. Chatzizisis also gave the Grand Rounds presentation, titled "Cardiovascular Interventions Using 21st Century Computational Tools."

Courtesy Associate Professorship

In May 2019, Dr. Chatzizisis was granted a courtesy associate professorship in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

National Institutes of Health Funding Award

The R01 grant (R01 HL144690-01) entitled “Patient-Specific Simulations to Guide Coronary Bifurcation Stenting” was approved for funding in April 2019.


Courtesy Associate Professorship

Dr. Chatzizisis was granted a courtesy associate professorship in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at UNMC in November 2018.


Co-Primary Investigator

Dr. Chatzizisis was named Co-primary investigator on a University of Nebraska  Collaborative Initiative Grant in June 2017.


Initiative Grant Funding

UNL and UNMC Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Initiative Grant was funded, in June 2016.