University of Nebraska Medical Center

Breast Cancer

More than 200 world-leading specialists and faculty researchers are transforming the breast cancer experience through research. 


Oncologists Dr. Kenneth Cowan, Dr. Elizabeth Reed, Dr. Jairam Krishnamurthy, and Dr. Pavan Tandra treat breast cancer. All standard treatments and many investigational treatment options are available to patients. All faculty members of the UNMC Division of Oncology/Hematology provide patient care in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, a NCI-designated cancer center that is directed by Dr. Cowan.

Dr. Cowan is also one of the four medical oncologists who exclusively treats breast cancer and brings exciting bench research to the breast clinic patient. The second breast medical oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Reed, is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network breast committee that writes guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer. These guidelines are accepted nationally and internationally as the standard of care for breast cancer.

The breast oncology physicians offer clinical trials as members of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium. These are large cooperative clinical trial groups funded by the National Cancer Institute. These physicians also conduct their own phase I and II trials that originate at UNMC.

Clinical Research Coordinators

  • Mary Mailliard, RN, BSN, OCN

  • Shara Graalfs, RN

Clinical Research Associate

  • Michelle Desler, MS

Breast Cancer Collaborative Registry

The Breast Cancer Collaborative Registry was developed by UNMC and is hosted at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.  The registry is designed to provide a collaborative platform to centers with expertise in breast cancer epidemiology, genetics, biology, early detection and patient care with the goal to facilitate rapid and uniform collection of critical information and biological samples to be used in developing prevention and treatment strategies against breast cancer.