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Ralph Hauke, M.D., F.A.C.P.

A diagnosis of cancer is terrifying and accompanied by an onslaught of information and life changes that affect the person, their family and loved ones as well as employment and life activities. The goal of my relationship with a patient and their loved ones is to understand the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options in order to assist them in adapting their decisions to their goals while trying to provide the best results possible.

Medical Degree: University of Panama Medical School
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

My hometown is Colon, Panama which is on the north entrance of the Canal. I graduated from the University Of Panama School of Medicine. After a few years in primary care, I decided to enter the field of oncology due to my personal family experience as well as the exciting research opportunities and challenges it presented. Upon completing my oncology fellowship at UNMC, I developed the urologic oncology program at that institution, focusing my clinical and research interests in tumors of the prostate, kidney, bladder and testes. This tenure included developing the immunotherapy program with high dose IL-2 for the treatment of kidney cancer and melanoma. I also served as the chief of oncology at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital (Omaha), was a committee member that developed the national treatment guidelines of the NCCN for prostate and kidney cancers and served on the CALGB urologic oncology subcommittee.

My practice includes the treatment of benign blood disorders as well as all malignancies, although I continue with focused expertise in prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular tumors. I am actively engaged in research, both clinical and laboratory-based, and have written many of my own clinical trials.

I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. I love to watch soccer, and when time allows outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping.  I also like to play chess and read books. I was an avid stamp collector and chess player when I lived in Panama.  I lived through the U.S. invasion of Panama and my Internship took me to remote areas of Panama including flying to remote jungle villages on Huey helicopters to paddling in canoes in rivers to help people.

Associations/Awards/Appointments

  • Associate Professor – University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Associate Professor – Creighton University
  • Member American College of Physician
  • Member American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Member American Medical Association
  • President, Nebraska Oncology Society
  • Secretary Treasurer – Midwest Independent Physician Practice Association

 

LOCATIONS:

Midwest Cancer Center – Legacy
Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
Henry Lynch Cancer Center – Bergan