The division of Inherited Metabolic Diseases is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with inborn errors of metabolism and related genetic diseases. The division has a broad mission to investigate the etiology and pathogenesis of inherited metabolic diseases at laboratory and clinical levels with the hope that this knowledge will lead to new approaches of preventing and ameliorating symptoms.

Research in the division involves both laboratory and clinical studies with an emphasis on disorders of lipid metabolism.  Dr. Rizzo serves as the UNMC site Principal Investigator for the Sterol and Isoprenoid Diseases Consortium, one of five sites nationally, funded by the National Institutes of Health with Oregon Health Sciences University as the prime site.  This consortium funding provides support for basic science research and clinical investigations for patients with Smith-Lemli-Optiz Syndrome, Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency, Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome, Sitosterolemia, Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis and other related Diseases.

Contact for the division is:

Department of Pediatrics
University of Nebraska Medical Center
985456 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5456
Phone:  402-559-2550
Fax:  402-559-2540

Inherited Metabolic Diseases Patient Services

Inherited Metabolic Diseases Faculty & Staff
William B. Rizzo, M.D.

Richard Lutz, M.D.

Research Staff
Dana S'Aulis

Administrative Staff
Nancy Ambrose