A Day in the Life at UNMC

On the road with Dr. Khan

By Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations The new dean of UNMC’s College of Public Health is in love with Nebraska and Nebraska seems to be in love with him. Just one month into his new position, Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., began a six-week listening tour of all 24 local and tribal public health departments in the state. Brandon Grimm, Ph.D., director of public health practice, wasted no time in planning the trip Dr. Khan had envisioned while still in the interview process. The four… Continue Reading

Answered prayers

By Lisa Spellman My nephew has a new kidney! Jeffery Spellman, the young man I told you about earlier this year, has a beautiful new, fully functioning kidney as of June 2. We are grateful and indebted to the incredible generosity of an unknown donor and their family and will always be praying for them. They will never know the magnitude of this gift. But we do. I do. And so do total strangers to whom I have spontaneously blurted out the good news. “My… Continue Reading

The beginning

The practice ice rink looks like the graduation area. There are rows of chairs for the graduates. There is a podium. There are even seats on one side, though not nearly enough to seat all the friends and family who are expected. Still, the room looks official enough that one graduate, gown draped over her arm and a cap in one hand, asks “Is this where the ceremony is?” It’s not. UNMC’s official commencement ceremony was held May 10 at the Ralston Arena, on the main… Continue Reading

Putting off vision care leads to (surprise!) impaired vision

Staring down the business end of the neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet laser.

When you’re having problems with your eyesight, there are probably worse places to work than on a university campus that has just opened a state-of-the-art eye care facility. And I’ve always had problems with my eyes. I remember when I first realized my eyes were bad. I was an entertainment reporter for a small newspaper in upstate New York, and I’d been sent to review an opera. To help the uncultured, the opera was translated via subtitles. As the mezzosoprano belted out the Italian aria,… Continue Reading