Michael Named Inaugural Anderson Professor

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Kim Michael

Kimberly (Kim) K. Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT was awarded the inaugural Joseph & Darlene Anderson Distinguished Professorship of Imaging Sciences on March 6, 2014.

Ms. Michael has been on faculty in the School of Allied Health Professions for 15 years, serving as the director of the diagnostic medical sonography program for the duration of her appointment. She presently holds the rank of associate professor.

Ms. Michael is known nationally for her work in sonography education. She has 31 publications to her credit, six as first author. She has been instrumental in developing the SAHP diagnostic medical sonography program into one of the nation’s finest. In 2013 she was elected as an at-large director to the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography board of directors.

The professorship was established through a lead gift from Dr. Joseph Anderson, Professor and Vice-Chair of the UNMC Department of Radiology and his wife Darlene, and a matching gift from the Charles R. O’Malley Charitable Lead Trust.

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Dr. Kyle Meyer, Kim Michael, Dr. Joseph Anderson

Dr. Anderson has contributed significantly to the success of UNMC for over 40 years, having served as medical director of the School of Allied Health Professions Diagnostic Medical Sonography program since its inception in 1998.

The Anderson Professorship will support the expansion of educational opportunities in the sonography program at UNMC to include musculoskeletal sonography.

Congratulations to faculty with recent publications

Corrine Hanson, PhD, RD, LMNT

Saathoff, M; Hanson, C; Anderson-Berry, A; Lyden, E; Fernandez, F. “Vitamin D Supplementation Practices in Breastfed Infants in Outpatient Pediatric Clinics.” Journal of Infant, Childhood, and Adolescent Nutrition 2014; 6(2):122 – 126.

Tamara Ritsema, MPH, MMSc, PA-C and Patty Scholting, MPAS, PA-C

Differences in the Delivery of Health Education to Patients With Chronic Disease by Provider Type, 2005–2009; Tamara S. Ritsema, MPH, MMSc, PA-C; Jeffrey B. Bingenheimer, PhD, MPH; Patty Scholting, MPAS, PA-C; James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C; Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:130175

This is a national study using large database of EMR to show positive impact of health education by PAs and NPs. This is the peer-reviewed Preventing Chronic Disease online publication by the CDC.

UPDATE on March 21, 2014: This article has been their most popular article so far this month, receiving 2,129 page views since publication on March 6. That is a very high number having only been out 2 weeks, numbers typically seen more toward the very end of the month. There have also been mentions of the article in Medscape, Smart Brief, Fierce Healthcare, and MPR.

Congratulations, Tami and Patty!

 

Stephanie M. Vas, BS, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR), named Director of MRI program

Posted on behalf of Kyle Meyer:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie M. Vas, BS, R.T.(R)(CT)(MR), to the position of director, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) program, in the College of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions.

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Stephanie Vas

Ms. Vas, originally from Ansley, Nebraska, received her Bachelor degree in Radiation Science Technology from UNMC.  She is licensed medical radiographer and holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certifications in radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Ms. Vas was previously employed as a MRI technologist at the Nebraska Medical Center, where she continues to practice. She joined the School of Allied Health Professions in 2011 as the clinical coordinator for the CT & MRI programs, and has served in the capacity of interim program director since August of 2013.

The MRI program at UNMC is one of only six such programs nation-wide to have attained accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JR-CERT).

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Vas to her new role.

Kyle P. Meyer, PhD, PT
Senior Associate Dean
School of Allied Health Professions