Dr. Michael Hovey, MD

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Dr. Michael Hovey, MD
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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Dr. Hovey's Care Philosophy

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.

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CHI Creighton University Medical Center601 N 30th St Ste 3700
Omaha, NE 68131
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Dr. Hovey's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
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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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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.

Dr. Hovey's Care Philosophy

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.

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  •  Specializes in General Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Nebraska not available
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  •  No board actions found

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • All Lymphoma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bedsores
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cellulitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Appendicitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia, Congenital
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Generalized Obesity
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Itchy Skin
  • Leg and Foot Ulcers
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Obesity
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pediatric Hernia
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Retina Diseases
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shingles
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Infections
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer, Anaplastic
  • Thyroid Cancer, Familial Medullary
  • Thyroid Cancer, Hurthle Cell
  • Tubular Carcinoma
  • Ulcer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Vulvar Cancer

Education

  • Medical School
    R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia

    Graduated in 1997

  • Internship Hospital
    Creighton University Medical Center

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Iowa Methodist Medical Center

    Completed in 2004

  • Undergraduate School
    Iowa State University

    Graduated in 1993

    University Of Nebraska At Omaha

    Graduated in 1992

  • Other Education
    U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon

    Completed in 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

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

Procedures Performed

  • Abdominal Mass Biopsy
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • 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 Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal 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
  • 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 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 Tag Removal
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • 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