A Day in the Life at UNMC

Alzheimer’s and time – what it looks like

By Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations I didn’t know what to expect – clocks drawn by Alzheimer’s patients? OK. Arranged into an exhibition by one of our first-year anesthesiology residents? Odd, but OK. I was surprised at how all the pieces fell together and made sense as I learned more about the resident, Andy Peck, M.D., and saw his exhibit. We talked as our photographer,… Continue Reading


Mark Darby, a family nurse practice student in the College of Nursing in Omaha, recently had his essay chosen by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health for publication in the 2016 “Reflections in Global Health Anthology” which was recently released. The essay is reprinted here with his permission. In my career as student , I am haunted. Haunted by my trips to Rio De… Continue Reading

UNMC alum helped make brain discovery featured in the movie ‘Concussion’

Ronald Hamilton, M.D., UNMC College of Medicine, class of 1989, describes what happened this way: “My student handed me a small pebble, and said, ‘Is this what I think it is?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And I threw the pebble to the ground. “And it started an avalanche.” It did. The “pebble” turned out to be a groundbreaking discovery on traumatic brain injury. This new… Continue Reading

The lady in the dungeon

Phyllis Carter, when reached by phone, does not sound like a lady in a dungeon. Instead, she sounds sweet and nice, and so for a minute I hesitate to even bring it up, even though it’s the whole reason I am calling. “Uh, do you know that people call you ‘the lady in the dungeon’?” I finally say, timidly. “Had you ever heard that?” And… Continue Reading