University of Nebraska Medical Center

Robert Cusick, MD, FACS, FAAP

Professor, UNMC Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Robert Cusick
Dr. Cusick has been practicing pediatric surgery in Omaha, Nebraska, for more than 20 years, and has performed over 10,000 procedures. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completed surgical residency at the University of Cincinnati, pursued additional training in research at Boston Children’s and Harvard University, and completed a clinical fellowship at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington. As a leader in his field, he lends his expertise through various appointments with the American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Cusick is also active in global health, having worked in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Vietnam. To ensure this important work progresses, he created the travel fellowship through the American Pediatric Surgical Association, which brings pediatric surgeons to the United States for additional training. His humanitarian work was recognized by the University of Nebraska Medical Center when he received the Leonard Tow Humanism Award, given to a faculty member demonstrating clinical excellence and compassion in the delivery of care.

A tenured surgeon at Children’s Nebraska, Dr. Cusick has developed long-standing relationships with providers across the state and beyond, fostering his mission to provide accessible and collaborative specialized care with outstanding outcomes. His experience and expertise has earned him various leadership roles within the health system.

Dr. Cusick’s clinical areas of focus include hernia repair, neonatal surgery, thyroid surgery, pectus excavatum, and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Cusick speaks English and Spanish.
  • MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Residency, general surgery, University of Cincinnati
  • Research, Boston Children’s and Harvard University
  • Clinical fellowship, Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington


Research Interests
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Pediatric hernias
  • Bariatric surgery in children
  • Pectus repair in children
  • Surgical education
  • Surgical quality improvement