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Nebraska doctor, 80, back to work as part-time pediatrician

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LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor at University of Nebraska Medical Center retired three years ago, but has returned to work part time as a pediatrician.

Dr. Harold Maurer, 80, told the Omaha World-Herald that he "failed retirement" in his two-month foray into doing little besides spending time with family and friends.

"I don't want my brain to turn to mush," he said.

His wife, Beverly, says she's ready for him to hang up his stethoscope, but he isn't.

"I enjoy seeing patients, and that's why I'm here," he said. "You do nothing, you've got a greater chance of developing dementia."

His schedule isn't intense anymore. He said he often sees one to three patients a day at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.

"It takes me about 45 minutes to see a patient," he said. "I'm an old-time doctor."

When he was chancellor, Maurer raised hundreds of millions of dollars to transform the medical center's campus. Before the chancellorship, he was dean of medicine at the medical center for five years.

When Maurer worked as a physician, he helped develop a chemotherapy-radiation regimen for a rare childhood cancer that led to fewer amputations and more lives saved.

"He amazes me," said Dr. Bruce Gordon, the medical center's division chief for pediatric hematology and oncology. "If I was his age, the last thing I'd want to do is come into work."

Omaha resident Anabella Ceja, whose son was recently treated by Maurer, spoke highly of the doctor.

"I feel like the older the doctor is, the more knowledge they have," Ceja said. "He was really sweet and really nice."

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