Michael Rhee, M.D., a board-eligible neurosurgeon, and Tracy Wheeler, MSN., AGACNP-BC, an experienced nurse practitioner in neurosurgery who works with Dr. Rhee, are bringing their expertise to Liberty Hospital’s Advanced Spine and Brain Center to serve Northland patients.
Michael Rhee, M.D.
Originally from southern California, Dr. Rhee earned both his medical and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
But when it came time to perform his residency in neurosurgery, Dr. Rhee relocated to the Midwest and the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ken., where he served as chief neurosurgery resident. Most recently, he worked at the Saint Luke’s Hospital Neurosurgery Department.
Dr. Rhee said he takes a conservative approach to treatment before considering surgery.
“My goal is to educate each patient about what their problem is, and to determine if there is a surgery that can help,” he said. “The long-term relationships I develop with my patients and watching the progress they make, from diagnosis through recovery, is probably the most rewarding part of what I do."
Tracy Wheeler, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Assisting Dr. Rhee in the office and operating room is Tracy Wheeler, a Northland resident who resides in Kearney with her husband and two children.
Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, and her degree as a gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from St. Louis University. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner, and is also certified as a surgical first assistant.
Her background includes eight years of critical care, ICU and neurosurgical nursing experience at Saint Luke’s. She joined Dr. Rhee about 18 months ago.
Dr. Rhee's professional interests include: