Faculty Highlight – Dr. Nizar Wehbi joined the faculty of the College of Public Health in January 2011. He began his career in clinical medicine, taking care of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. His love for research took him to cancer research where, with other researchers, he sought to identify biomarkers (proteins) that would predict prostate and bladder cancer at very early stages of disease. He then moved to hospital administration and worked for The Nebraska Medical Center in strategic planning and business development, providing support to hospital leadership in developing, implementing, and monitoring the organizational strategic planning process.
Dr. Wehbi teaches graduate courses in Health Services Administration, Human Resources Management, US Health Care System, and Health Policy. After completing a Certificate in Online Instruction, Dr. Wehbi will be offering Health Services Administration as an online course in spring 2013. Moreover, Dr. Wehbi serves on the Faculty and Planning Committee of the Interprofessional Leadership for Excellence and Academic Development, known as iLEAD, a UNMC-wide faculty development program.
Dr. Wehbi’s research interests focus on health care quality, outcomes measures, efficiency of health care services, the use of Six Sigma and LEAN principles for process improvement, health and wellness programs, and strategic planning and governance in health care organizations. He will present his research findings in assessment of the wellness program administered by SimplyWell® at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco this October.
Dr. Wehbi is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board certified in health care management. He is Certified in Public Health (CPH) and serves as an item writer for the National Board of Public Health Examiners CPH exam. In May, Dr. Wehbi was appointed to the 2012 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a US organization can receive. Dr. Wehbi serves as a trustee and is on the Board of Directors of the Omaha Home for Boys, and is a director of the Heartland Healthcare Executives Group, which is the Nebraska chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the UNMC College of Public Health.