Department of Surgery Wellness Program

The Wellness Program is designed to provide resources and activities to promote well-being for everyone in the Department of Surgery.  The Chair of this committee is Dr. David W. Mercer, McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of Surgery, Co-Chair, Tracy Rheault, BS, Administrative Director, Department of Surgery.

The Department of Surgery Wellness Program is divided into four committees and a Steering Committee:

Department of Surgery Wellness Committees

Volunteer Activities & Social Events

Chair: Jeannie Thomas, Business Operations Manager, Division of
Acute Care Surgery
Co-Chair: Karen Kroupa, Office Associate I, Division of Acute Care Surgery

Workflow Efficiency

Chair: Chaeli Fortina, APRN, Transplant Surgery
Co-Chair: Kimberly McLaughlin, Administrative Program Coordinator,
Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery Steering Committee
Chair David W. Mercer, MD, Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery
Co-Chair  Tracy Rheault, Administrative Director
Michelle Gulbrandson, APP, Oncology
Kevin Kemp, MD, Assistant Professor, Acute Care Surgery
Aleem Siddique, MD, Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Krysta Sutyak, MD, General Surgery Resident

Within these committees, members propose ideas to present to the DOS Wellness Steering Committed and are categorized into 3 areas:

💚 Green Light Ideas that are easy to facilitate and receive approval for.
💛 Yellow Light  Ideas that are more challenging to facilitate and receive approval for.
💗 Red Light Ideas that are most difficult to implement and facilitate, and approval will be more challenging.

Wellness Resources for all UNMC Employees

Wellness Resources for all NM Employees

Physician Wellness Resources

House Officer Wellbeing Updates & Resources



Off-Site Resources for Physicians

Metro Omaha Medical Society 


If you have any questions at all about what resources are available or what resources might be best for you, please feel free to reach out directly to Steve or Sarah:

Steve Wengel, MD
Geriatric Psychiatrist and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Wellness

Sarah Richards, MD
Hospitalist and Senior Medical Director, Clinician Experience