About Us

Get to know the Department of Ob/Gyn

Chair -- Carl V. Smith, M.D., The Distinguished Chris J. and Marie A. Olson Professor of Clinical Investigation in Obstetrics and Gynecology; president, Olson Center for Women’s Health Advisory Committee

Department Leadership:
Teresa Berg, M.D. - The McGoogan Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; director, maternal-fetal medicine; medical director - Prenatal Diagnostic Center; medical director, obstetrics University Tower
Steve Remmenga, M.D. – vice chairman; director, gynecologic oncology; The McClure L. Smith MD Professor of Gynecological Oncology
Kerry Rodabaugh, M.D. - medical director, Medical-Legal Partnership; medical director, Buffett Cancer Center Gyn Onc
Sonja Kinney, M.D. – medical director, Olson Center for Women’s Health outpatient clinics; director, general obstetrics & gynecology
John Davis, Ph.D. – director, research and development, Olson Center for Women’s Health
Jennifer Griffin, M.D. – program director, residency
Laura Cudzilo, M.D. – associate program director, residency; medical director, Gynecology
Karen Carlson, M.D. – director, M3 clerkship and M4 elective curriculum
Katherine Finney, M.D. – assistant director, M3 clerkship and M4 elective curriculum
N. Jean Amoura, M.D. – director, resident research
Rick Blum – administrator; director, Olson Center outpatient clinics
Mitzi Johnson – clinic manager, Olson Center outpatient clinics
Mary Wettengel – associate clinic manager, Olson Center outpatient clinics
Lana Molczyk – director, Olson Women’s Health Resource Center
Kim Albaugh – lead, Prenatal Diagnostic Center

Department Emphasis:
• Accredited four-year residency program;
• Third-year (core) student clerkship;
• Robust, collaborative women’s health research enterprise;
• Service to the underserved;
• Entrepreneurial, integrated faculty-resident clinical practice;
• An environment to attract and retain the best health care professionals.

Ob/gyn by the Numbers:
• 16 residents, 4 per year selected from over 200 applications
• 20 M.D. faculty
• 4 Ph.D. faculty
• 13 advanced practice providers (6 have faculty appointments)
• 59 adjunct faculty
• 7 affiliate hospitals (NM, VA, Methodist, Childrens, St. Elizabeths-Lincoln, CMH-Syracuse, Cass County-Atlantic IA)
• 3 Nebraska Medicine clinic sites
• 7 outreach clinic sites
• 65,000 patient visits projected for FY17
• 1,450 deliveries projected for FY17
• 821 gynecologic surgical cases projected for FY17
• 12 UNMC administrative staff
• 4 research laboratories, 14 research staff & trainees
• 62 Nebraska Medicine (clinic) staff

New Faculty:
Sean Tubens, MD, General Ob/Gyn (Dec 2016)
Katherine Lessman, General Ob/Gyn (Feb 2017)
Heather Said, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Sept 2017)

Research Highlights:
• Our mission is to advance knowledge of women’s health and cancer while training the next generation of scientists, and facilitating collaborative interactions among clinicians and basic scientists.
• Specifically we focus on understanding female fertility and the menopause, as well as understanding the devastating nature of ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers.
• It is our hope that discoveries associated with these scientific pursuits will translate to innovative approaches to improve women’s health and ultimately improved care for women.
• We have four basic science research laboratories, which are funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, The National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the University of Nebraska Foundation, the State of Nebraska, and the Olson Center for Women’s Health.
• Our group has attracted $14.5 million in research funding since the opening of the Durham Research Center.
• We have published 18 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals in the past two years.
• The heads of these labs and the research they conduct include: John S. Davis, Ph.D., signal transduction pathways that govern cell proliferation; Shyamal K. Roy, Ph.D., follicle morphogenesis during perinatal development; Cheng Wang, Ph.D., ovarian cancer; M. Rohan Fernando, Ph.D., development of molecular diagnostic techniques
• Clinical Research – We are members of the NRG / Gynecologic Oncology Group, which is affiliated with the National Cancer Institute. We strive to aggressively pursue novel clinical therapies for our cancer patients. Kerry Rodabaugh, M.D., is the principal investigator for the GOG contract.
• Resident Research – Each resident is required to pursue a research project during their four years of residency. Our physician faculty play prominent roles in resident research by serving as faculty advisors.

The Olson Center for Women’s Health
Founded in 1993 through the generosity of the late Dr. Leland J. Olson and his wife, Dorothy, the Olson Center provides ongoing funding for community education, research and novel clinical programs.

Under the umbrella of UNMC, it is directed by a seven-member external advisory committee. The center held its 25th annual advisory committee meeting in May 2017.

A long-standing goal of the donors was reached in 2007 with the opening of the Olson Center for Women’s Health outpatient facility on the UNMC campus. This center is nationally unique, combining specialty and general ob/gyn, general internal medicine, prenatal diagnosis, endocrinology, physical therapy, mammography/women’s imaging, and a robust patient resource center in a single location. There is a branch location within the medical office building on the Village Pointe campus.

The Olson Women’s Health Resource Center in its 22nd year, has served over a million people world-wide through seminars, luncheons, and educational publications!