Dr. Thomas Ruma

Pathology
Omaha, NE
48 years experience

Locations

Office

Omaha, NE

Address

6901 No. 72nd St., Omaha, NE
Directions

About

Bio

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, I attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine and my residency training at Creighton and Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York. After working in academic medicine for 4 years at Creighton University Medical Center, I opened my own private laboratory. Presently, I am the Director of Anatomic Pathology for Alegent Health, an integrated healthcare system of multiple hospitals and doctors offices.

Specialties
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Pathology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

22 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Possibly: Posey, this possibly could be the case. It seems that cancer usually has inflammation accompanying it so a hip infection could be part of the cancer.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Possible infection: Sherry, "toxic granulation" refers to the appearance of the white blood cells seen when your doctor does a blood count. This finding is associated wi... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Filter: The blood in the plastic bag is actually a living thing so it is natural that some of the red blood cells deteriorate over time. The filter assures u... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
HPV: The number one cause of cervical cancer is infection with the human papilloma virus (hpv). Other risk factors include socioeconomic status, family hi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
NO: All transfusions are now leukoreduced which means they undergo a process that removes essentially all wbc's. Therefore, an increased WBC situation ca... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Cheap and easy: I am a fan of weight watchers but it does cost something per month. Basically you should eat all types of foods, watch your portions (very important)... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Because this illness is rare, there are not many cases.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Not common: There are about 20, 000 new cases of stomach cancer each year. It is more common in the elderly, those with gastritis or ulcers caused by h. Pylori, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
It doesn't : I'm the director of surgical pathology for a large system examining 35000 specimens a year. We report 95% of our cases in 24-48 hours. If your case n... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Really not related: The two things may not be related. Also, the body reacts differently whether we have a viral illness (can have low white count) vs. A bacterial one (... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Need calorie count: You may be eating more than you think and the calories you are burning off with exercise may be less than you think. Try figuring out these numbers b... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Yes: Most blood tests should be done with the patient fasting but eating will not affect this test.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Several possibly: Reactions to blood transfusions are very rare now with the techniques that we have to "crossmatch" blood. The most common reaction is have a rise in ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Postmenopausal women: This cancer is fortunately relatively rare representing only 5% of gynecological cancers, occuring in post-menopausal women around 65 years old or so.... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
No: Hydroceles are accumulations of fluid around the testicle. It is a benign condition and does not cause cancer. Since hydroceles are in fact a swelli... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Call the JW: In our hospital we have a good relationship with jehovah's witnesses. They have specially trained people that will advise you about blood transfusion... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
With a microscope: There are many skin lesions that can look like cancer. There are also different types of skin cancer. The only way to distinquish these different ty... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
No definite level: This is a complex question. We would need to know what is the patient's problem . If there is no immediate surgical issue, then transfusions are giv... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Almost risk free: Alexis, i would have to say that blood transfusions are safe but not entirely risk free. Those that donate blood are given a rigorous questionaire, a... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Up to 4 hours: Clemence, the typical time for transfusing blood into someone is around 2 hours. You can extend this to 4 hours if needed.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
No: Paige, when we are testing for diabetes, the exact substance we are testing for is called glucose. We do not test for aspartame and so I do not belie... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Ruma
Pathology 48 years experience
Start living right!: You can start to assure yourself that you are doing the proper things in your life to prevent cancer. This would be a good start. Stop smoking if yo... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Ruma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Ruma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I' 've been trying to lose wt 4 a yr now and. I eat 800 2 1000 cals a day and workout 2 a day. I eat healthy but still still don't lose wt
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your kindness.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks a lot sir. :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Creighton University School of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1975MD

Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha
Nebraska Medical Association Distinguished Service to Medicine Award 2011
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