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Executive Physical Team

Haysam Akkad, MD

Dr. Akkad is an interventional cardiologist at The Nebraska Medical Center. He is a graduate of University of Aleppo Medical School in Syria. Dr. Akkad completed an internal medicine residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa and completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y. In Philadelphia, Pa, Dr. Akkad completed his cardiology fellowship at MCP/Hahnemann University. Dr. Akkad also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at University Pittsburg Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Akkad has been practicing cardiology since 2002.

Phyllis Byrd, MD

Dr. Byrd graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency in Family Practice at Sioux City Family Practice with an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She is boarded in Family Practice and currently works for Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Byrd is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and Nebraska Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Byrd practiced in Norfolk, Broken Bow and Sargent, Neb., prior to coming to Omaha.

James Canedy, MD

Dr. Canedy is president of SimplyWell, LLC. He is board certified in Orthopedics and a board member for Clarkson College, Midlands Health Partners, Private Practice Associates, Paramount Group, Nebraska Health System and Clarkson Regional Health Services.

Ward A. Chambers, MD

Dr. Chambers is a professor of Internal Medicine Cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease. Currently, Dr. Chambers is the executive director of International Health and Medical Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the author of several books, articles and scientific publications and sits on many boards and committees that serve the local and regional area and the medical community.

Donald J. Darst, MD

Dr. Darst is a diplomat for the Internal Medicine Geriatric departments at UNMC. Currently he is president of Midwest Regional Health Services, LLC. He sits on several local boards and is medical director for Central States Insurance and Montclair Nursing Home.

Brian Elliott, MD

Dr. Elliott is a full-time emergency physician with The Physician Network, a Catholic Health Initiatives, state-wide network of physicians and five hospitals. Dr. Elliott is board certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Medicine and has earned a certificate of added qualifications from the American Board of Family Practice in Sports Medicine. He earned his bachelor of science and medical degrees from the University of Nebraska. He completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Affiliated Hospitals where he served as chief resident. He is a member of the Nebraska Medical Association, past-president of the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Association of Physician Specialists and the Hall County Medical Association.

Patricia Fryant, RT (R)(M)

Ms. Fryant is the manager of Diagnostic Radiology, film room, transcription and transport. Pat has been with The Nebraska Medical Center since 1975 working in radiology. She is responsible for the reporting of all radiological services for the Executive Physical program.

Cindy Hanssen, MPA, RN

Ms. Hanssen developed and maintains the Executive Physical program. Her experience at The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC includes: director of operations for SimplyWell LLC, manager of the Diabetes Center, manager of Internal Medicine Specialties, curriculum coordinator for the Department of Surgery, and emergency medical services coordinator for Continuing Education. She has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Cancer Society, Midlands EMS, Millard Business Association Omaha Business Women’s Association and USA Dance. She has held certifications and verification as affiliate faculty, instructor and trainer in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Course, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics, Advanced Burn Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and Fundamentals of Critical Care Medicine. She is a published author and is active with the Omaha and Sarpy Chamber of Commerce.

Jeffrey W. Hill, MD

Dr. Hill is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs for the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Hill attended the University of Nebraska earning a bachelor of science in Biology and a medical degree. He completed his residency in family practice at the Lincoln Family Practice Program. Dr. Hill is board certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Hill has been a faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1984 where his practice strongly focuses on preventative medicine. He has held instructorships and served as medical director in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Life Support Obstetrics and Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Margaret Hobza, RDCS, BGS, MPA

Ms. Hobza is the manager of Echo and Vascular Laboratories. She is responsible for the vascular ultrasound studies and echo cardiograms conducted for Executive Physicals. Margaret has been at The Nebraska Medical Center for 25 years.

T.J. Holmes, MD

Dr. Holmes is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine and the Nebraska Medical Association. He is affiliated with Holmes & Munyon, PC with privileges at several local hospitals. He was award the Physician of Distinction for Primary Care at The Nebraska Medical Center in 2011.

Thomas C. Howard, MD

Dr. Howard graduated from Yale Medical School and completed his general and vascular surgery training at Yale New Haven Hospital. He spent two years in the Army prior to joining the surgery faculty at UNMC 35 years ago. Dr. Howard began his private practice at the former Clarkson Hospital where he specialized in both general and vascular surgery. He founded the Vascular Laboratories and is currently director of the Vascular Lab. Dr. Howard has served as chairman of the Surgery Department at the former Clarkson Hospital and as clinical service chief of the Surgery program at The Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Howard is board certified in general and vascular surgery.

Rosemary Lauver, RN

Rose is nurse coordinator with the Executive Physical program. She has been at The Nebraska Medical Center for seven years. Rose worked in Pre-Surgical Screening, Centralized Scheduling departments. She also worked on implementing the new electronic medical record, One Chart, at the medical center.

James McClay, MD

Dr. McClay is an associate professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. McClay attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a bachelor of science in Biophysics with honors. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. and completed his master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Michigan. His residency program in general surgery was at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Dr. McClay has performed extensive research in Healthcare Informatics and has been a faculty member at UNMC since 2000.

Sandy McGranaghan, RPFT

Ms. McGranaghan is the pulmonary function laboratory coordinator for the Executive Physical program. Sandy has been at The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC for 30 years. She has participated on several hospital committees to enhance performance and facilitate development of staff.

Charlie Morris, MD

Dr. Morris is the chief of Radiology at The Nebraska Medical Center, associate professor Radiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He also serves as the interim director of clinical Radiology services. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, Society of Nuclear Medicine, American College of Physician Executives and the American College of Forensic Examiners.

David O’Dell, MD

Dr. O’Dell is a professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He graduated with a medical degree with high distinction and completed his residency at UNMC. He is a past recipient of the LeeRoy Meyer Dedicated Teacher Award and Top Teacher, department of Internal Medicine. Dr. O’Dell is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, American College of Physicians and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters in books and lectures.

Samuel Pirruccello, MD

Dr. Pirruccello is the medical director of Laboratory Information Systems, Core Laboratory and Regional Pathology services at The Nebraska Medical Center. He is a professor in the department of Pathology and Microbiology for UNMC and the author of several scientific articles, chapter in books and education materials. He is a member of the Nebraska Association of Pathologist, American Society for Clinical Pathology, College of American Pathology, International Society for Analytical Cytometry, Clinical Cytometry Society and the International Society for Laboratory Hematology.

Thomas R Porter, MD

Dr. Porter is a professor of medicine, distinguished chair of the Cardiology department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at UNMC. He also serves as the director of the non-invasive Cardiology laboratory at The Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Porter has received numerous research and seed grants and has authored and co-author of over 100 scientific papers. He has several patents and has been selected as one of the Top Teachers in Internal Medicine for the past nine years. He is a popular presenter and invited speaker and sits on the board of directors for the Good News Bears Club, an inner city youth ministry program.

Anthony Reyes, MD

Dr. Reyes is a Cardiologist with over 12 years of experience. He is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. where he also completed his internship, residency and fellowship. Dr. Reyes is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Stephen B Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is currently chief medical officer for The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He serves as the medical director for Executive Physical program. Dr. Smith joined the medical center in 1997 after being in private practice since 1980 As chief medical officer, his responsibilities are to serve as the liaison between the physician staff and administration. In addition, Dr. Smith oversees the quality improvement initiatives at the hospital. Prior to moving into an administrative role, Dr. Smith served as the medical director for Respiratory Therapy at Clarkson Hospital from 1989 to 1997. He also established the Sleep Center at the former Clarkson Hospital in 1987. Dr. Smith was born in Kansas and received all of his education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and the medical center in Kansas City, Kan.

Marlin Stahl, MD

Dr. Stahl is the chief medical officer for Bellevue Medical Center. He is in private practice as a consultant in pulmonary disease, medical direction and healthcare facility design. Dr. Stahl is president of Clarkson Regional Health Services and a board member of The Nebraska Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. He holds certification in Hyperbaric Medicine.

Cheryl A. Williams, MD

Dr. Williams is currently an associate professor of Radiology and the lead interpreting physician of mammography for UNMC. Her radiology residency was completed at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Williams is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology.