The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine are setting the stage to become one of the top centers in the country for treatment and research of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Michael Sorrell is an expert in gastrointestinal medicine and says this is a seldom talked about problem and treatments are lacking.
Dr. Sorrell says, ““There’s exciting times ahead and there’s been a sort of revolution in inflammatory bowel disease in the last 10 to 15 years with new therapies coming along. To the average person, inflammatory bowel disease is interpreted as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This is a disease that causes a miserable toll on patients and families, it’s expensive. Much of the time it ends up with surgery.”
The IBD Center will allow UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to recruit world-class physicians and researchers to run the center and provide clinical and research programs that will benefit those in Nebraska and the surrounding regions. Their goal is to become one of the top center in the country for treatment and research of inflammatory bowel disease.
The new facility will be located on the 7th floor of the Durham Research Center II.
The new IBD Center will be named after Dr. Frederick F. Paustian, the first specialty trained gastroenterologist in Nebraska. The new center is possible due to a major donation from longtime supporters, Ruth and Bill Scott.