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UNMC and Haiti lose dedicated doctor

UNMC and Haiti lose dedicated doctor

He helped the med center and the world.

Posted: Thu, Apr 7, 2011

He gave to the med center, to Omaha and to the world.

Known for his warm smile and heart, Dr. Rubens Pamies crusaded to reduce disparities and improve the health and education of underserved people. He helped Haiti, his native country, rebuild its health care system after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Pamies was vice chancellor of academic affairs and dean for graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for more than eight years. He died of a heart attack in late February at his sister's home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

He was just 52.

"It's a real tragedy," said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D. "He had so much more to contribute to health care and the greater community world. He was a champion for great causes. … It is a great loss to UNMC and humanity."

Pamies led UNMC's volunteer effort in Haiti after the earthquake and later published a gut-wrenching book, Help and Hope for Haiti.

If you'd like to support Pamies' work, please consider giving to The Rubens Pamies, M.D., Haitian Relief Outreach Fund, which will go to UNMC's continuing efforts in Haiti; and the Rubens Pamies, M.D., Lectureship to Eliminate Health Disparities, which will honor his legacy by creating a lectureship to eliminate health disparities.

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