Hematology / Oncology

Hematology is the branch of medical practice concerned with conditions of the blood. These conditions range from the common iron deficiency anemia, to cancers originating in the blood, to rare forms of abnormal blood coagulation.

The blood as an “organ” literally affects all other organs as it flows through the body and therefore abnormalities in the blood can cause malfunctioning in all other organs.

The blood is composed of particles, cells and sub-cellular elements manufactured in the bone marrow and lymphatic organs. It is also composed of various fluids and proteins. Any of the individual components may be afflicted with abnormalities that require both the diagnostic and therapeutic interventions of a hematologist.

Historically, the first medicines that had any impact on cancer were for leukemia and the lymphatic cancers, Hodgkin’s disease and lymphomas. The doctors caring for these patients were primarily hematologists.

Since the early 1950s, the majority of medicines developed to fight cancer have had bone marrow suppression as their major side effect, so doctors dealing with these medicines had to be well versed in treating blood conditions as well.

What is Oncology

Oncology is the diagnosis and treatment of malignancies (cancers), including breast, prostate, colon, lung, and ovarian cancers as well as brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma and many other types of cancer. Oncology treatments may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Stem cell transplants
  • Other specialized procedures

Eric Avery, MD

Hematology - Oncology

Nebraska Hematology-Oncology PC

Availability: Once a month, usually 1st Wednesday of the month

Medical Degree:
University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006

Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2009

University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2012

Board Certifications:
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Honors & Awards:
UNMC Rookie of the Year, 2007
UNMC Senior Resident Award, 2009

Professional Affiliations & Appointments:
President of the Lancaster County Medical Board
Board Chairman of the Bryan Cancer Committee
Board Chairman of OneHealth Nebraska Board
Vice-Chairman of the Nebraska Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee
Member of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Committee
Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member of the American Society of Hematology
Member of the American College of Physicians

Other Information:
Received his undergraduate degree from Doane College (Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology) Joined Nebraska Hematology-Oncology in August 2012

Contact: (402) 759-4924 or submit appt request to