WILLIAM E. THORELL, MD - Nebraska Medicine
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WILLIAM E. THORELL, MD | (402) 559-8600

Primary Specialty
Neurological Surgery (Board Certified)

Accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance

Primary Location

4242 Farnam Street, Suite 650
Omaha, NE 68198-8480
Voice: (402) 559-8600
Fax: (402) 559-7779

Insurance information is presented “as-is”, with no guarantee of accuracy due to changing circumstances. Ultimately, you are responsible for verifying coverage with your insurance plan before making an appointment. Full terms and conditions.

Accepts Insurance From...

  • AARP Medicare Complete Through United Healthcare (Medicare Advantage) (HMO/POS/PPO)
  • BCE Emergis (PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Government Wide (PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska Network Blue
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Omaha NE (Indemnity)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Preferred PPO (PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Blue Cross Bluecard Medicare Supplement (Indemnity)
  • Blue Cross Bluecard Program HMO POS (HMO)
  • Blue Cross Bluecard Program Indemnity (PPO)
  • Blue Cross Bluecard Program PPO Plan (PPO)
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO Network)
  • Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) Employee Benefit Plan (Self-Insured Employer Group)
  • Community Health Plan (HMO)
  • Community Health Plan (PPO)
  • Coventry Extra Advantage (Nebraska Medical Center Medicare Advantage) (HMO)
  • Coventry Health Care HMO Kentucky (HMO)
  • Coventry National Mailhandlers (PPO)
  • Coventry National Network (PPO)
  • Coventry Rural Carriers (PPO)
  • Coventy Advantra (Medicare Advantage) (PPO)
  • Every Women Matters (PPO)
  • First Health (PPO)
  • Government Employee Health Association (PPO)
  • Humana (HMO)
  • Iowa Medicaid (Medicaid)
  • Iowa Medicare (Medicare)
  • Iowa Well Women (Medicaid)
  • Midlands Aetna (PPO)
  • Midlands Aetna El-Paso Texas (HMO)
  • Midlands Aetna Managed Choice POS El-Paso (POS)
  • Midlands Aetna Premium Managed Choice POS El-Paso (HMO)
  • Midlands Aetna SRC
  • Midlands Aetna Signature Administration Generic (PPO)
  • Midlands American National (PPO)
  • Midlands American Republic (PPO)
  • Midlands Association Benefit Corporation (PPO)
  • Midlands Auxiant (PPO)
  • Midlands Avera Health (PPO)
  • Midlands Benefit Administration System (BAS) (PPO)
  • Midlands Benefit Management, Inc. - Kansas (PPO)
  • Midlands Choice (PPO)
  • Midlands Choice Preferred (PPO)
  • Midlands Choice Premier (PPO)
  • Midlands Cigna Non-Tennessee Address (PPO)
  • Midlands Cigna Tennessee (PPO)
  • Midlands Competitive Benefit Administration (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) (PPO)
  • Midlands Compusys of Utah Ironworkers (PPO)
  • Midlands Corporate Plan Management, Inc. (PPO)
  • Midlands Correct Care Solutions (PPO)
  • Midlands FMH Coresource (PPO)
  • Midlands Federated Mutual Insurance (PPO)
  • Midlands First Administrators (PPO)
  • Midlands Great West (PPO)
  • Midlands Group Admin Limited (PPO)
  • Midlands Healthcare Solutions (PPO)
  • Midlands Healthplan Services, Inc. (PPO)
  • Midlands Humana (PPO)
  • Midlands IHC Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Midlands Macori (PPO)
  • Midlands Mega Life (PPO)
  • Midlands Meritain (PPO)
  • Midlands Mid-American Benefits (PPO)
  • Midlands Omaha Construction Industry (PPO)
  • Midlands Preferred Assurant (PPO)
  • Midlands Preferred Cypress Ben Admin (PPO)
  • Midlands Preferred John Alden (PPO)
  • Midlands Preferred One Administration (PPO)
  • Midlands Preferred One Health Plan (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Aetna (POS)
  • Midlands Premier Aetna El-Paso Texas (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier American Republic (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Assurant (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Cypress Benefits Admin (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier FMH Coresource (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Federated Mutual Insurance (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier John Alden (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Meritain (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Preferred One Admin (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Regional Care (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier Starmark (PPO)
  • Midlands Premier World Insurance (PPO)
  • Midlands Regional Care (PPO)
  • Midlands Selfinsured Services Company (PPO)
  • Midlands Starmark (PPO)
  • Midlands The Benefit Group (PPO)
  • Midlands Tristar Benefit Administration (PPO)
  • Midlands United Medical Resources (UMR) Midwest Security (PPO)
  • Midlands United Security (PPO)
  • Midlands WPS Insurance Corporation (PPO)
  • Midlands World Insurance (PPO)
  • Multiplan Unspecified (PPO)
  • Nebraska Medicaid (Medicaid)
  • Nebraska Medicare (Medicare)
  • Ohara (Workers Comp)
  • Sanford Health Plan (PPO)
  • Tricare Prime (HMO)
  • Tricare Prime (POS)
  • Tricare Standard (PPO)
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete (Chronic Skilled Nursing Plan)
  • United Healthcare Community Plan (Managed Medicaid) NE (HMO)
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete (Dual Skilled Nursing Plan)
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • United Healthcare Medicare Complete (HMO/POS/PPO)
  • United Healthcare Medicare Direct (PFFS)
  • United Healthcare Medicare Supplement (Supplemental)
  • United Healthcare Nursing Home Plan (Institutional Skilled Nursing Plan)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Choice (PPO)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Choice HMO (POS)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Golden Rule (PPO)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Options PPO (PPO)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Select (HMO)
  • United Healthcare Of The Midlands Network, Inc Select Plus (POS)
  • United Healthcare Railroad Employee National Health and Welfare (EPO/POS/PPO)

Treatments & Conditions


Current Academic Status

Academic Department
Surgery, Neurosurgery
Academic Title
Associate Professor


  • Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1996
  • Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2002
  • Fellowship: Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology, Cleveland Clinic, 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Interpreters available for all languages

Special Interests

William (Bill) E. Thorell, MD is Director of the Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery for the Nebraska Medical Center and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Thorell received his BA with distinction in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with highest distinction, where he also completed his internship and residency in Neurosurgery. He extended his training for two years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, finishing a fellowship in Endovascular Neurosurgery.

In addition to maintaining a general neurosurgery practice encompassing the care and management of patients with tumors of the brain, skull base and spine, trauma, and peripheral nerve problems, Dr. Thorell is very interested in vascular disorders of the central nervous system, such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage from cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations, and occlusive disease of the carotid and vertebral arteries.

His interests also include disorders such as Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, pseudotumor cerebri.

Dr. Thorell has been instrumental in the development of The Nebraska Stroke Center, an inter-disciplinary stroke team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/The Nebraska Medical Center. The Nebraska Stroke Center is the first nationally certified stroke center in the state of Nebraska.

Dr. Thorell is a native of Denver, Colorado, however, he has always been an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. When not in scrubs, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two boys.