When you’re battling cancer, you want to know you’re receiving care from the best. Now you can be sure. According to Newsweek’s list of “Top Cancer Doctors 2015,” 75 percent of the top cancer doctors in the state are at Nebraska Medicine.

“This recognition reinforces the commitment we have made to quality cancer care with the building of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the world-class physicians that are leading this effort,” says Theresa Franco, Vice President, Cancer Center Clinical Operations. “It is an honor to work with such talented individuals who successfully integrated research, clinical care and education to provide the most comprehensive cancer experience for our patients.”


“These rankings speak volumes for the quality of our program and emphasize the importance of the world-class facility that we are building,” says Jeffrey P. Gold, UNMC chancellor and chair of the Nebraska Medicine Advisory Council. “We are thrilled that so many UNMC and Nebraska Medicine physicians have been identified as among the country’s best in the field of cancer care.”

“Nebraska Medicine is unique in its collaboration among physicians and scientists that allows us to offer the latest cutting edge treatments to our patients,” says Sarah P. Thayer, MD, PhD, associate director for Clinical Affairs and physician-in-chief at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. “The high quality and level of caring provided by our physicians side-by-side with of our staff of nurses, therapists, techs and many other members of our team, reflect our dedication to providing the best in cancer care to our patients.

“When the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center project was launched, we committed to attracting the best physicians to provide the very best care for patients here in Nebraska,” says Kenneth Cowan, MD, PhD, professor of oncology at the Eppley Cancer Institute and director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. “We are actively engaged in recruiting top physicians who are at the forefront of cutting-edge, compassionate cancer care, and will continue to recruit outstanding physicians to join the Cancer Center after it opens in early 2017.”

“Nebraska Medicine and the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center are very fortunate to have so many of the Top Cancer Doctors in the 2015 Newsweek list,” says Julie Vose, MD, chief of the hematology/oncology division in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine and associate director of clinical research and co-chair of the lymphoma program at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. “This is an excellent example of combining the best patient care with education and research to optimize cancer care for the region.”

This list was compiled through peer nominations and extensive research conducted by a physician-led research team with Castle Connolly Medical LTD., the publisher of America’s Top Doctors. Each year, Castle Connolly receives nearly 100,000 nominations via this process. Doctors at Nebraska Medicine comprise 15 of the 20 doctors chosen. See list below.

Learn more about this recognition and the doctors who made the list.

  • Alison Freifeld, MD, infectious disease
  • Carl Greiner, MD, psychiatry
  • Daniel Lydiatt, MD, head and neck surgery, otolaryngology
  • James Armitage, MD, hematology/oncology
  • James Edney, MD, surgical oncology
  • James Gigantelli, MD, ophthalmology
  • Jean Grem, MD, medical oncology
  • Julie Vose, MD, hematology/oncology
  • Kenneth Cowan, MD, medical oncology
  • Peter Coccia, MD, pediatric hematology/oncology
  • Philip Bierman, MD, hematology/oncology
  • Russell Smith, MD, head and neck surgery, otolaryngology
  • Sarah Thayer, MD, surgical oncology
  • Steven Remmenga, MD, gynecologic oncology
  • William Lydiatt, MD, head and neck surgery, otolaryngology