New addition to UNMC Ombuds Program

Kristie Hayes, MD

Kristie Hayes, MD

David Carver, PhD, director of the UNMC Ombuds Program, recently announced that Kristie Hayes, MD, emeritus professor in the UNMC Department of Dermatology, has joined the UNMC Ombuds Program on a part-time basis. In addition to her faculty appointment, Dr. Hayes previously served as assistant dean for students and multicultural affairs in the UNMC College of Medicine. She was the recipient of the 2023 UNMC Unsung Hero Award.

Dr. Hayes succeeds Jessica Koran-Scholl, PhD, who stepped down from the ombuds role after accepting a position with a family medicine residency program in Clearwater, Florida.

“I will miss working with Dr. Koran-Scholl, who did an excellent job for our UNMC Ombuds Program this past year after replacing longtime ombuds Dr. Sue Swindells,” Dr. Carver said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Hayes, who is an outstanding addition to our program. Her long record of service to UNMC is much appreciated.”

The ombuds program is an independent, informal, impartial and confidential resource for students, faculty and staff. Ombuds assist members of the UNMC community in resolving conflicts informally, voluntarily and privately. The ombuds team provides behind-the-scenes, off-the-record consultations on a wide variety of problems, especially those concerns that are confusing, complicated, upsetting or not being addressed through other university channels. The Ombuds Program is not an “office of notice” for filing formal complaints, grievances or appeals.

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  1. Nizar Mamdani says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Hayes. Wishing you every success.
    Best wishes,
    Nizar Mamdani

  2. Beth Beam says:

    Thank you, Kristie, for doing this important work for the people of UNMC. Sincerely, Beth Beam

  3. Karle Olnes says:

    We are all so lucky to have her on this campus still! She will be great in this role. She is always so easy to talk to and has been an informal and formal mentor to many and has always offered such great advice.

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