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George E. Omer, Jr. papers

Identifier: HHC 341

Content Description

These papers help document Dr. Omer's medical career and other activities. They were left in the order found by the archivist. Types of records include publications by Dr. Omer, correspondence, photographs, slides, and other items.

This finding aid provides box-level description. Original folder titles were retained when present.


  • Primarily mid-20th to early 21st century

Conditions Governing Use

These papers are open to researchers. Standard copyright laws apply. No rights to published materials. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. George Elbert Omer, Jr. (December 23, 1922 - November 20, 2014) was a prominent U.S. Army surgeon and the founding chair of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Omer was known for his pioneering work in the field of hand surgery. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Omer graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1950 after enlisting in the U.S. Army. During WWII, he served as a surgical technician, and then during the Koren War, as a physician. During the Vietnam War, he served as the Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Training Program at Walter Reed Amrmy Medical Center.

In 1970, Omer retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army and joined the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine. At UNM, Omer created a freestanding orthopaedic department and organized a hand surgery division within it. He also helped establish the physical therapy program in 1973 and was the interim medical director of Carrie Tingley Hospital. Omer also served as the president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (1978-1979) and as president of the Anerican Orthpaedic Association (1989). He retired from chairing the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in 1990.

Dr. Omer married Wanda (Wendie) Vilven in 1949 and they had two sons, Eric and Michael.


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Materials were left in the order found by the archivist.

Custodial History

Donated by Michael Omer on April 6, 2023. Accretion on August 31, 2023.

Related Materials

George Omer oral history; UNM School of Medicine records; UNM HSC collection
Guide to the George E. Omer, Jr. papers
Abbie Weiser Olivas
December 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States