Dr. Joseph Clarke Stothert

Dr. Joseph Clarke Stothert

December 8, 1948 – March 5, 2021

Dr. Joseph will be remembered as compassionate and committed to his family, excellent patient care, medical training and education, and service to the City of Omaha.

He was recruited to Omaha in 1993 to develop a hospital trauma system; the first of its kind.  His expertise in trauma care built an enhanced model for the emergency medical response systems in place today.

Over the last twenty years, he served as the Medical Director for the Omaha Fire Department, Douglas County 911, Metro Community College and Eppley Airfield.  He has also served as Director of Trauma for the State of Nebraska.

Dr. Stothert attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He earned a medical degree at St. Louis University and a doctorate in pulmonary physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dr. Stothert practiced at Saint Louis University Hospital, UTMB in Galveston, Texas, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He specialized in trauma surgery and critical care.

Dr. Stothert is survived by his wife, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert; children, Dr. Andrew Stothert (Alana) and Elizabeth Leddy (Tom); four grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the Stothert family prefers memorials to the First Responders Foundation (https://first respondersfoundation.org/donate/) or the Omaha Police Foundation (http://omahapolicefoundation.org; P.O. Box 31134, Omaha, NE,68131-0134) in recognition of Dr. Stothert’s commitment to public safety and emergency medical services.



  • Vallery Johnson- Stewart Posted March 10, 2021 10:52 am

    My Deepest Sympathies to The Stothert family. Dr. Joe Stothert will forever be my families hero. He and his team at UNMC saved my brother for 29 days in (Nov-Dec 2017). My family had a chance to talk with my brother and to say , We Love You. Dr. Stothert was so kind with his approach to our family. He told us that my brother was very sick, but he and his team would do their best and they did just that. May God give comfort and peace today and in the days to come as you grieve.

  • John Labenz Posted March 18, 2021 2:14 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your great loss, Dr Stothert was such a genuine good man, He taught my husband so much when he was a paramedic, and then when my husband got sick he always made a point to come see him whenever he was in the hospital. It is a tragic loss for our city.
    We will never forget him. He made a difference in so many lives.
    We wish you all peace and pray for you all.
    Rest in peace Dr Joe

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