Dr. Michael Hovey, MD

Dr. Michael Hovey, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Michael Hovey, MD is a general surgery specialist in Omaha, NE and has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated from R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia in 1997 and specializes in general surgery, breast surgical oncology, and more.Read his story

601 N 30th St Ste 3700

Omaha, NE 68131

Contact Information

(402) 717-4900

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
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Top Care Areas

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Anal Fissure
very high
more than 92% of peers
Abdominal Disorders
more than 83% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 77% of peers

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Dr. Hovey's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Hovey "Having been born in Omaha and raised in Council Bluffs, Dr. Hovey has a longterm relationship with the Metro area. He is the oldest of seven children. His father is a retired computer programmer for Union Pacific Railroad and his mother is a retired nurse. His entire family resides in the Omaha area. Growing up, Dr. Hovey loved working with his hands. He developed a strong interest in mechanical and electrical devices. He sought out resources and progressively learned to work on bikes, radios, motorcycles, cars, and computers.After graduating from Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Dr. Hovey spent time at Iowa State University majoring in Electrical Engineering before deciding to enlist in the Iowa Army National Guard. He enjoyed the physical and mental challenges of Army basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. Army advanced training was undertaken at Fort Gordon, GA where Dr Hovey finished as an Honor Graduate. Upon returning home from Army training, he attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha to major in Electrical Engineering Technology. It was during his time at UNO that Dr Hovey started to reconsider his career choice. He began to have a keen interest in human physiology and infectious diseases. While he enjoyed the challenges of engineering, he decided to pursue a degree in chemistry in preparation for applying to medical school. He was continuously a member of the Dean's List. During his undergraduate studies, in addition to taking heavy course load and remaining in the Army National Guard, Dr Hovey worked full time at a local lumberyard in customer service, driving a forklift, and even driving a commercial lumber truck. His strong work ethic and drive to succeed kept him focused on his goals. In anticipation of entering medical school, Dr. Hovey applied for and won a Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Air Force. He had already attained the rank of sergeant in the Army and was now commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. Dr. Hovey attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine where his experience and dexterity immediately made him gravitate towards surgery. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Hovey completed an internship in general surgery at Creighton University. The Air Force then sent him to train as a Flight Surgeon and he spent 2 years at McConnell AFB, KS in that capacity. He twice deployed to the desert of Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch. He was the recipient of numerous military honors, ribbons, and awards. After his time as a flight surgeon, Dr Hovey spent four years in the general surgery residency program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. He developed expertise in many facets of surgery, but minimally invasive surgery and weight loss surgery became his main interest. Upon completion of surgical residency, Dr Hovey finished his commitment to the Air Force by spending 2 years as a surgeon at Sheppard AFB, TX. Prior to his Honorable Discharge, he had attained the rank of Major. Wishing to return home to Omaha, Dr. Hovey entered into private practice specializing in general surgery, minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgery, and weight loss surgery. He was twice elected the Chief of the Department of Surgery at CHI Immanuel Medical Center. After 10 years in private practice, in 2016 Dr. Hovey transitioned to an employee of CHI Health and undertook a new challenge as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine. He is responsible for teaching surgical practice to medical students and surgical residents.In his free time, Dr. Hovey likes to spend time with his wife and kids. He is an avid outdoorsman, loves to fish and bird hunt. He still likes to work on electronics, cars, motorcycles, etc and is especially enjoying seeing his children develop these skills as well."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hovey "You put your trust in a surgeon and I take that responsibility very seriously. I strive to provide pre-operative education in a manner every patient can understand. I believe all patients should be given the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Surgeons have the unique ability to actually cure diseases rather than just treating them with medicine. Seeing my weight loss patients lead happier and healthier lives after surgery is especially gratifying."

8  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gastroenterological Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

129  Conditions Treated


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106  Procedures

  • Abdominal Mass Biopsy
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Biopsy
  • Biopsy of Affected Tissue
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Distal Pancreatectomy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Endoscopic Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis
  • Endoscopy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Cyst
  • Excision of Lipoma
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hyperhidrosis and Minimally Invasive Sympathectomy
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Liver Resection, Partial
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pancreatectomy (incl. Pancreas Transplant and Whipple Procedure)
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Partial Mastectomy
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Skin Excision for Hidradenitis
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy for Sweaty Palms
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Whipple Procedure


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Background Check

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  • Iowa State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
  • University Of Nebraska At Omaha
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • Creighton University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon
    Other Education | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Hovey's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hovey to family and friends
13 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

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Dr. Hovey's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Had bariatric surgery in November 2016 with wonderful results. The video that Dr Hovey made with information about the types of bariatric surgery was very helpful when it came time to make the decision. Pre-surgery education was also very helpful to prepare before and after the surgery and took...more
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I have had two surgical procedures performed by Dr Hovey. The pre-op education was very good-I knew what to expect going in, and both operations were very successful. I feel in good hands with Dr Hovey
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