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September 13, 2019

Image with caption: Matt McCarthy, M.D.

Matt McCarthy, M.D.

Guest author Matt McCarthy, M.D., to speak at KANEKO on Oct. 8

The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the KANEKO welcome bestselling author Matt McCarthy, M.D., for the fall season of the new core literary series, "Passages." Pivoting off of topics from his recent bestseller, "Superbugs," Dr. McCarthy and a panel of local educators, medical professionals, writers, and ethicists will gather to discuss the writing process, medical ethics and how our public institutions are serving us. The event will be held at the KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., Omaha, on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.

The appearance of Dr. McCarthy is underwritten by the UNO College of Arts & Sciences, with assistance from the UNMC Office of Academic Affairs. Additional sponsors include the UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, and UNO Medical Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Nebraska high school girls invited to apply for free orthopedic surgery program

High school girls in 10th through 12th grades with an interest in science, medicine or engineering are invited to apply for the Perry Outreach Program to be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The event is co-sponsored by the UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for female high school students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders and participate in simulated orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanical experiments.

The application is due Oct. 9, and more information is available here.

"It is a fun-filled educational day of speakers and hands-on modules where the girls get to use saws, drills, screws and get a glimpse into what orthopaedic surgery is like," said Maegen Wallace, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UNMC and a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.

Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition team for event

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition are teaming for an education day from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Nebraska Medical Center Lower Storz Conference Rooms 1-4. The event is open to individuals who are involved with the coalition, health care providers, emergency response coordinators and anyone who may be required to use emergency preparedness equipment. Students are welcome to attend.

There will be 2.3 nursing contact hours awarded. Nebraska Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Pre-registration is not required. See more information here. For more information, please contact Shahnaz Benner, 402-559-1713 or Cheryl Rand, 402-559-1713.

Retirements announced
The UNMC Department of Human Resources has released a list of 41 retirements between April and September. The list includes seven people with more than 40 years of service and seven other people with more than 30 years of service.

A total of 13 faculty members are on the list, including John Reinhardt, D.D.S., who served as dean of the UNMC College of Dentistry from 2000-2014, and Susan Wilhelm, Ph.D., who served as assistant dean of the UNMC College of Nursing West Nebraska Division in Scottsbluff from 2006-2018.

Here's the complete list of retirements in order of longevity:

  • John Randolph, business and finance, retired July 6 (start date March 6, 1974)
  • Diana Rome, business and finance, retired Sept. 4 (start date July 29, 1974)
  • Brian Lange, Ph.D., College of Dentistry, retired April 2 (start date Dec. 1, 1974)
  • Carin Borg, College of Medicine, surgery, retired Sept. 1 (start date June 9, 1977)
  • Mark Conlin, Munroe-Meyer Institute, retired Aug. 3 (start date Jan. 11, 1978)
  • John Kugler, M.D., College of Medicine, pediatrics cardiology, retired Sept. 1 (start date July 1, 1979)
  • Wayne Kaldahl, D.D.S., College of Dentistry, surgical specialties, retired June 29 (start date April 1, 1979)
  • Mary Kramer, College of Dentistry, dental administration, retired July 1 (start date Sept. 10, 1980)
  • John Colombo, M.D., College of Medicine, pediatrics pulmonology, retired Aug. 1 (start date Aug. 17, 1981)
  • Luann Hestermann, College of Pharmacy Practice and Science, retired April 20 (Oct. 8, 1982)
  • Rodney Cope, academic affairs, Library of Medicine, will retire Sept. 13 (start date Aug. 6, 1984)
  • Sandra Mahoney, College of Medicine, pharmacology/experimental neuroscience, retired Aug. 3 (start date Dec. 20, 1986)
  • Rick Vaughn, business and finance, facilities management and planning, retired June 7 (start date Sept. 14, 1987)
  • Marian Schmid, College of Dentistry, dental administration, will retire Sept. 21(start date March 7, 1988)
  • Ivan Abdouch, M.D., College of Medicine, family medicine, retired July 3 (start date May 1, 1990)
  • James Wisecarver, M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine, pathology/microbiology, retired July 1 (start date Nov. 15, 1990)
  • Mary Helms, academic affairs, Library of Medicine, retired July 4 (start date Oct. 28, 1991)
  • Susan Wilhelm, Ph.D., College of Nursing, West Nebraska Division, retired July 1 (start date Aug. 15, 1994)
  • Patricia Cattano, Munroe-Meyer Institute, cytogenetics, retired Sept. 6 (start date March 1, 1996)
  • Susan Dickson-Matsunami, Munroe-Meyer Institute, physical therapy, retired Aug. 10 (start date Sept. 11, 1996)
  • Stephen Tibbels, M.D., College of Medicine, family medicine, retired July 1 (start date July 13, 1998)
  • Richard Fennell, business and finance, facilities management and planning - utilities, retired July 2 (start date Dec. 1, 1997)
  • Lynette Mullins, College of Pharmacy, dean's office, retired July 2 (start date Sept. 8, 1998)
  • Carol Ann Brandt, Chancellor's Office, vice chancellor external relations, retired Aug. 3 (start date Aug. 1, 1999)
  • John Reinhardt, D.D.S., College of Dentistry, adult restorative, retired May 4 (start date March 20, 2000)
  • Mary Ann Zink, College of Medicine, cellular and integrative physiology, retired July 6 (start date April 17, 2000)
  • Randy Leister, College of Medicine, emergency medicine, retired Aug. 31 (start date July 3, 2000)
  • Deborah Vetter, research, sponsored programs administration, retired Aug. 16 (start date March 19, 2001)
  • Patricia Schott, College of Medicine, internal medicine - geriatrics/palliative medicine, retired Aug. 2 (start date Feb. 1, 2001)
  • Debra Reilly, M.D., College of Medicine, surgery - plastic and reconstructive, retired July 1 (start date April 1, 2002)
  • Virginia Powers, College of Allied Health Professions, health services administration division, retired Aug. 3 (start date Oct. 15, 2002)
  • Cynthia Beaumont, College of Medicine, internal medicine - pulmonary, retired Oct. 1 (start date May 12, 2005)
  • Shirley Sopcich, business and finance, security office, retired April 25 (start date March 20, 2007)
  • Cynthia Ferris, College of Medicine, anesthesiology, retired July 1 (start date Aug. 1, 2009)
  • Jane Kugler, College of Medicine, anesthesiology, retired July 1 (start date Aug. 1, 2009)
  • Denise Britigan, Ph.D., College of Public Health, health promotion, retired Sept. 2 (start date July 1, 2011)
  • Rowen Zetterman, M.D., academic affairs, retired July 1 (start date June 1, 2013)
  • Tod Ringenberg, business and finance, facilities management and planning - architecture/engineering, retired May 11 (start date Oct. 2, 2013)
  • Patricia Ealy, College of Nursing, Kearney Division, retired Sept. 1 (start date Aug. 18, 2014)
  • Marcia Shadle-Cusic, College of Medicine, academic affairs office, retired July 1 (start date Oct. 19, 2015)
  • Debbie Sommer, Eppley Institute, administration, retired June 21 (start date May 29, 2018)

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