Walter Huurman

Title: Surgeon
Company: University of Nebraska
Location: Miramar Beach, Florida, United States

Walter Huurman, Surgeon at the University of Nebraska, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Having served the University of Nebraska as a professor of pediatrics and orthopedics since 1977, Dr. Huurman earned the title of professor emeritus in 2006, and has been enjoying a well-deserved retirement with his wife and two children. He was initially a flight surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in San Diego and Vietnam from 1964 to 1966. After working with the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Huurman continued to train in orthopedic surgery with the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, California, and was appointed director of pediatrics orthopedic with the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1977, with the final rank of captain. Having the opportunity to handle difficult orthopedic problems in children, including crippled children, has been the most satisfying aspect of his career.

An alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Huurman initially did not intend on college after high school, and when he entered his eyes were on dentistry, not orthopedics. After six weeks, he realized he was taking the same classes he would for pre-med, which cast aside any doubts he had of being successful in medicine. Dr. Huurman switched majors, and trained with the Cook County Hospital after earning a MD from Northwestern University in 1962. After the Navy, he joined the University of Nebraska and the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Omaha as director of pediatrics orthopedic from 1977 to 2004.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Huurman is a former president and former chairman of the board of directors with the Nebraska Arthritis Foundation, and has contributed for many years to medical literature, notably the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has been a leader of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as chairman of the orthopedic section for three years and a member of the executive committee on sports medicine from 1992 to 2000. Dr. Huurman is very grateful to the Navy for opening the door to his medical career. After serving in Vietnam and in the Gulf War, he has become an expert on a number of physical problems associated with flying, as well as mental health problems.

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