Sean McGarry, M.D., named to Neff Chair

Sean McGarry, M.D., associate professor in the UNMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, has been named the inaugural holder of the James R. Neff, M.D., Musculoskeletal Oncology Chair.

Dr. McGarry joined the UNMC faculty in 2005. He grew up in central Iowa, attending Creighton University for college and medical school and then the University of Colorado for his orthopaedic residency.

He earned both clinical and research fellowships in orthopaedic oncology from the University of Florida. During 2005, while completing his research fellowship and serving as an instructor at the University of Florida, Dr. McGarry was called into service at UNMC following the death of Dr. Neff. He traveled to Omaha each month for eight months so that people in the region would have a specialist at UNMC that could treat their musculoskeletal oncology problems.

The James R. Neff, M.D., Chair of Musculoskeletal Oncology Fund was established through the University of Nebraska Foundation. This permanent endowment was funded for the purpose of advancing research, education and clinical work in the area of musculoskeletal oncology at UNMC. It is stipulated that the recipient of this chair be a full time faculty member in the orthopaedic department, have a focus on the field of musculoskeletal oncology and be widely recognized as an expert clinician and/or researcher.

Since 2005, Dr. McGarry has become an expert in the field of musculoskeletal oncology. He has written 20 journal articles and five book chapters dealing with orthopaedic oncology, produced 10 online education materials and presented more than 20 talks on regional, national and international platforms. He co-chairs the Sarcoma and Melanoma Tumor Board with Nicole Shonka, M.D. This board meets twice a month to discuss and plan treatment for difficult cases as a team, including oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and clinicians from Nebraska Medicine. Finally, Dr. McGarry is a superb clinician, widely known for his focus on limb salvage.


  1. Dana M says:

    Dr. McGarry is an exceptional doctor and wonderful person. I can't imagine anyone else to be as deserving of receiving this honor in memory of Dr. Neff, another amazing surgeon and all-around extraordinary and genuine individual.

  2. Stephanie H says:

    Congratulations! A very nice honor that is well deserved.

  3. Joe Schumacher says:

    Congratulations Sean! Well done; well deserved!
    Joe Schumacher

  4. Karen says:

    Congratulations cous! What an achievement! I'm proud and you know MJS would be also!:)

  5. Mary Schumacher says:

    Congratulations Sean, what a great honor!

  6. Carol Doyle Wallace says:

    So proud of you Sean! Having y'all "down our way", during your fellowship was an absolute treat. Your accomplishments are grand…But, your heart and soul make you the Man so many admire. The whole "Schumacher family" unites with you in this great honor. Thank you for your devotion and service to your Vocation!
    Congrats and keep "saving lives"!!

    Carol Doyle Wallace

  7. Jeanne Thompson says:

    Congratulations Sean! What a wonderful honor and well deserved! Jeanne Doyle Thompson

  8. Peg Bernard says:

    Bravo, Sean McGarry! You've helped in my diagnosis and recovery from Myxoid Liposarcoma from miles away! Your kind words of encouragement and wisdom of this rare disease were priceless! Thanks, cousin!
    Seven years survivor, Always grateful!!
    Peg Bernard

  9. Patti Blake says:

    So well deserved. Congrats Dr McGarry!!!!

  10. Daniel O'Connell says:

    Dr mcgarry did my shoulder surgery at the university towers of nebraska medical center

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