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University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Nebraska
Medical Center

Established 1880
Endowment $641.6 million[1]
Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Vice-Chancellor Jennifer Larsen, M.D.
Dean Bradley Britigan, M.D.
Administrative staff
Students 3,790
Location Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Colors      Red
Nickname UNMC
Affiliations University of Nebraska System

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is a public center of health sciences research, patient care, and education located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Founded as a private medical college in 1880, UNMC became part of the University of Nebraska System in 1902.[2] Rapidly expanding in the early 20th century, the university founded a hospital, dental college, pharmacy college, and a graduate college of medicine. One of Omaha's top employers,[3] UNMC has an endowment valued at $641 million and an economic impact of $3.8 billion.[1]

In 2014, UNMC was ranked 6th in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.[4]


  • History 1
  • Academics and rankings 2
  • Colleges 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


A private medical college was established in Omaha in 1880. Renamed the Omaha Medical College the following year, it became part of the University of Nebraska system in 1902. A university hospital opened in 1917. In 1968, the University of Nebraska decided to bring all of the health sciences under one umbrella and formed the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. In 1991, a technology transfer office was created known as UNeMed. In 1997, the UNMC hospital merged with the nearby Clarkson Hospital to become what was later renamed Nebraska Medicine.

Academics and rankings

In 2015, UNMC's primary care program ranked fourth of 153 medical schools, and its physician assistant program ranked ninth by U.S. News & World Report.[4]

Other programs that also received a national ranking include: The College of Public Health ranked 39th. The College of Pharmacy ranked 32nd; the physical therapy program ranked 34th.[4]

UNMC's commitment to research has resulted in the addition of the twin state-of-the-art Durham Research Towers (pictured above) and the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center now under construction. Currently extramural support is above $89 million mark.[4]

UNMC opened the $52.7 million Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education in 2008 thrusting the college of medicine to the forefront of medical education in the United States. The Sorrell Center replaced obsolete facilities with technologically equipped classrooms and class laboratories, including clinical simulation rooms, interaction rooms, amphitheaters and a campus events center. Construction of the Sorrell Center was funded completely through private donations.[4]

In January 2007, UNMC added a College of Public Health to its academic enterprise. This College addresses a variety of issues facing Nebraska, including health promotion and disease prevention, environmental health and safety, health care delivery, and biosecurity and biopreparedness. In 2011, the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health opened. This 52,500-square-foot (4,880 m2) facility houses the college.[4]

Also completed in recent years are: 1) The Home Instead Center for Successful Aging. This two-level center increased clinical and translational research by establishing an appropriate environment for conducting clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other geriatric-specific disorders; 2) Center for Nursing Science. The 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) building has enabled the college to enroll more nursing students and prepare more nurse faculty; 3) the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, which opened in June 2013.[5][6]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Fast Facts". University of Nebraska Medical Center. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "History and Mission". University of Nebraska Medical Center. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Largest Employers in Omaha". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Best Medical Schools: Primary Care, U.S. News & World Report
  5. ^ Omaha World-Herald 2009-12-21 pp. 1-2.
  6. ^ UNMC page

External links

  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nebraska Medicine
  • UNeMed Corp. Web site
  • Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

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