Dr. William Palmer attended medical school at the University of Nebraska in Omaha (AOA) and completed a Medical Residency at the Albany (NY) Medical Center. He was privileged to complete his Rheumatology Fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Lee Bartholomew, MACR, at Albany Medical College of Union University in 1978.
The first Board Certified Rheumatologist in Omaha, Nebraska in 1978, Dr. Palmer has practiced Rheumatology in private practice and actively participated with the University of Nebraska, Department of Internal Medicine for 25 years in the education of medical residents and students. He continues to contribute in the active education of Family Practice residents, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students. He has been a constant advocate and contributor to physician and student education in Rheumatology for over three decades.
Dr. Palmer’s clinical interests span the entire spectrum of clinical Rheumatology and have focused on patient care and the impact that Rheumatic Diseases have on their lives.
Dr. Palmer also values clinical research. He has personally conducted many pharmaceutical-sponsored studies in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Ankylosing Spondylitis, System Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Dr. Palmer was an active early member of the Rheumatology Investigators Network (RAIN) which began in Nebraska and also an original Board Member as well as a current contributor to the CORRONA registry. As a result, he has co-authored numerous published manuscripts.
Dr. Palmer has been a leader in multiple medical-related societies including the ACR, Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society (Board of Directors), the Nebraska Medical Society (Board of Directors), and the Nebraska Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is also a trustee of the Albert and Bernice Hansen Charitable Foundation which directed more than $500,000 to RAIN as well as providing monies to multiple worthwhile projects with a rheumatologic focus.
Participation in American College of Rheumatology activities includes current Board Member of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and past member of the Government Affairs Committee and Finance committees. While a member of GAC, he was a leader in creation of RheumPAC (Political Action Committee).
Dr. Palmer was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology for outstanding contributions to the field of Rheumatology, one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master was first conferred in 1987 to recognize ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession. This honor is usually bestowed upon no more than 20 members per year. The newest class of Master is honored each year at the Annual Meeting. The honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by the ACR Committee on Nominations and Appointments.
Ms. Linda Belsky-Lohr, MSN, FNP, APRN is a board certified nurse practitioner with over 40 years in the medical nursing field, 23 of which have been as a nurse practitioner. Ms. Belsky-Lohr began her nursing career in acute care pediatrics after graduating from Creighton University School of Nursing in 1975 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. This is where her love of Oncology began. She studied under the guidance of Dr. Rashid Al-Rashid and graduated from the University of Nebraska, College of Nursing in 1980 with a Master of Science in Nursing. Ms. Belsky-Lohr has worked in the field of Oncology for 28 years, wearing a variety of hats: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, and Director of Clinical Trials, but found that she desired more direct patient contact and more “say so” in delivering patient care.
Ms. Belsky-Lohr went on to receive her Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the Gonzaga University School of Nursing in 1993. Once Board-Certified, she practiced in Oncology initially, but found an opportunity to utilize her oncology knowledge in an entirely new specialty – Rheumatology. She practiced Rheumatology under a board-certified Rheumatologist, while living in Washington State. After returning to Nebraska, she found herself once again called to Rheumatology and began working with Dr. William Palmer in 2004. Ms. Belsky-Lohr is drawn to the specialty due to the chronic nature of the diseases treated by Rheumatologists and the explosion of knowledge related to the treatments used to treat Rheumatologic conditions.
Ms. Belsky-Lohr enjoys country living and strives to spend as much time as possible with her family, her rescue animals and her two adorable grandsons – Jack and Kase.
Ms. Erin DeBerry, PA-C is a Physicians Assistant-Certified that graduated from Des Moines University in 2013. Prior to that she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2011. She worked for two years as a Family Practice Physician Assistant in Iowa before deciding to return to Omaha and work in Rheumatology in July of 2015.
Before becoming a Physician Assistant, Ms. DeBerry worked as a Respiratory Therapist both here at Omaha Children’s Hospital and in Georgia for 2 years.
Ms. DeBerry became interested in working in Rheumatology because of the challenging nature of the specialty and the expansion in knowledge about the conditions managed in rheumatology and their treatments. She is excited to learn and work with both Dr. Palmer and Ms. Linda Belsky-Lohr, NP.
Ms. DeBerry enjoy anything sport related, especially college football. She is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker and Oregon Duck fan. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Sean and their two rescue dogs Twiggy and Kelsi.