The Omaha Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery practice at 9850 Nicholas Street is a one-stop shop for solving vascular issues. From peripheral vascular disease to varicose veins, this specialized group of surgeons can repair the vessels and pathways for blood to flow freely. Dr. Katherine Brown, a board-certified surgeon, specializes in vascular surgery and sees patients for a wide range of vascular issues.
Originally from Colorado, Dr. Brown “always wanted to go to medical school.” She earned her degree in osteopathy after attending medical school in Kansas City. After her surgical internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she participated in a fellowship at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She has been practicing since 2008.
In the fall of 2015, Dr. Brown joined the Omaha Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery group. It was an easy and seamless transition. When asked about her balance of work and home life, she accredits her success to an incredibly supportive family. She also adds, “You’ve got to be a little spiritual,” as her position can have extremely high stakes.
Dr. Brown mainly treats patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and venous disease. PVD can affect the arteries’ ability to carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. To fix these problems, Dr. Brown uses an array of surgical techniques, ranging from complex open surgery to minimally invasive techniques.
She also treats carotid artery disease, aortic and peripheral aneurysms, mesenteric arterial disease, dialysis access, and varicose veins. These diseases can be treated by using a variety of techniques, ranging from complex reconstruction of veins to salvage limbs, to treating aneurysms through an open surgical approach, to treating varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. Her goal is individualized care. “We treat everyone on an individual basis, with complete care,” she describes. “We have a great track record in our practice of taking good care of our patients.”
The team at the Omaha Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery group focuses on diagnosing and treating circulatory issues. Using the most current techniques and equipment, the surgeons set a high standard of practice for surgical teams across the country. Leading the region in a collaborative approach, the team gathers experienced specialists from many different areas, including cardiology, interventional radiology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Brown’s favorite parts of her job are the complexity of the cases and the different technologies required to treat them. She loves the way the team can come together for a comprehensive solution to any vascular issue.
Dr. Brown is certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Board certification is an especially important quality when choosing a doctor or surgeon. Certification requires that doctors comply with specific requirements made by the national medical specialty boards in the United States. A board-certified doctor is more likely to have the most current procedural and diagnostic knowledge available.
One thing that sets this surgical group apart is the way they handle their patients’ care in a personal manner. Dr. Brown notes, “I treat patients like I would want myself or my family to be treated.” They have a wide range of procedural knowledge and variety of options when it comes to patient care. “We do all sorts of different operations for the vascular system all over the body,” Dr. Brown explains, including doing dialysis operations for patients or operating on blood vessels in the neck, legs, or arms.
The most rewarding part of the job for Dr. Brown is the immediate effect she can have on her patients’ quality of life. “I just really like taking care of the patients, seeing them do well,” she shares. “It’s very rewarding.” With successful varicose vein treatment, for example, patients feel immediate relief and improvement in their mobility and energy, which greatly improves their quality of life. Dr. Brown stresses that her success is a team effort, acknowledging the tireless staff at her office and at Bergan Mercy Hospital, where they perform the majority of their surgeries. “They are just super,” she says. “They make a huge difference in the patient experience and outcome.”
Accepting 29 insurance carriers and offering over 60 different procedures, Dr. Brown and her team are accessible to virtually everyone. Contact them at 402-399-9990 for a consultation and see how your quality of life can improve.