UNMC called nation’s top biocontainment resource Published Sept. 13, 2022 By John Keenan UNMC strategic communications Lieutenant General Robert Miller, MD, the surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, toured UNMC in September and called UNMC the country’s premiere biocontainment resource. Chris Kratochvil, MD, Global Center for Health Security Distinguished Chair, joined Lt. Gen. Miller during his visit. He said the visit was a chance to showcase current collaborations with the U.S. Air Force and consider expanded collaborations. From left, University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Chris Kratochvil, Lt. Gen. Robert I Miller, center, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps Chief, visit the Davis Global Center. (Courtesy photo by Kent Sievers) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Lt. Gen. Miller said the visit’s purpose was threefold – to learn more about UNMC’s efforts in biocontainment, to follow up with the embedded C-STARS team and to “show our appreciation for everyone that has worked so hard to get our C-STARS Omaha team to the place it is today.” Lt. Gen. Miller said the visit “was validating that we really are partnered with the best when it comes to biocontainment, and that support goes both ways. It sounds like our team is doing great things in support of the Nebraska group, but in the same regard, we feel very lucky that we have this partnership with the University of Nebraska.” Lt. Col. (Dr.) Elizabeth Schnaubelt, director of C-STARS Omaha, gives a presentation during the University of Nebraska Medical Center visit by Lt. Gen. Robert I Miller, center, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. (Courtesy photo by Kent Sievers) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res That is why, Lt. Gen. Miller said, the U.S. Air Force is working to improve its biocontainment efforts. “That needs to be the Air Force niche. We need to be better than anyone else in the DOD at air evacuation of patients, and at times that means folks that have been exposed to hazardous environments. Guests from the U.S. Air Force and University of Nebraska Medical Center leaders visit the Davis Global Center. (Courtesy photo by Kent Sievers) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Lt. Gen. Miller’s visit on Sept. 6 included a presentation by Lt. Col. Elizabeth Schnaubelt, MD, director of C-STARS Omaha, on the history of C-STARS as well as its infectious disease air transport program. Lt. Gen. Miller also toured the Global Center for Health Security in the company of James Lawler, MD, as well as the iEXCEL program. He met with National Strategic Research Institute Executive Director Maj Gen. (USAF, ret) Rick Evans and UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, as well as other medical center leaders.