Seeing the Big Picture in Radiology
Matthew Pieper, M.D., radiologist, is someone who thrives on being a team player and working behind the scenes to provide the best care and outcomes for patients. Radiology is a perfect fit for him because it plays to his strengths of analyzing information and connecting the dots to uncover problems and find solutions.
Growing up in North Platte, Nebraska, Dr. Pieper was always interested in science. But surprisingly, it was his experience on the football field that really kicked off his medical career. A football coach who was an ophthalmologist inspired Dr. Pieper to learn more about the field of medicine. After earning his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Pieper did his residency in internal medicine and radiology at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.
In 2017, he moved with his family to Nebraska and joined North Central Radiology practicing at Columbus Community Hospital. Dr. Pieper and his colleagues interpret radiography (X-ray), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), mammography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, bone density (DEXA) and nuclear medicine exams and other medical imaging.
A Team Approach
Being part of a team working together to solve health problems is something Dr. Pieper finds rewarding. “In radiology, we interact with a range of physician colleagues and enjoy collaborating as team to solve a problem,” Dr. Pieper said. “We work closely with a team of doctors to provide a full picture of patients’ health.”
Through medical imaging exams, radiology provides the results and information needed to determine the best course of treatment for patients. “That might be identifying breast cancer early so a woman can have better outcomes, doing a joint injection to ease pain or helping diagnose the cause of critical illness so a patient receives the appropriate intervention and therapy,” Dr. Pieper said.
Serving the Community
Dr. Pieper was drawn to Columbus Community Hospital because it provided a unique practice opportunity in a location that was a great fit for his family. “I thought it would be nice to be in a smaller setting with greater connectedness of staff,” Dr. Pieper said. “The current pandemic has served to emphasize those positive points. I’m really impressed with the way the hospital leadership and staff are handling the situation as a cohesive group during this time.”
As health care needs shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to continue to manage all aspects of health, from detecting cancer and heart problems to managing chronic health conditions. “We encourage people to continue to do their best to flatten the curve with social distancing, without losing sight of other health needs that require attention,” Dr. Pieper said.