Kari A. Simonsen, MD
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs
Director, Office of Equity
Vice Chair of Clinical and Academic Affairs, Pediatrics
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Dr. Kari A. Simonsen has a strong track record of sustained leadership and interest in faculty development. She believes faculty are our most valuable resource for impacting the success of students and residents, and as such, we need to ensure faculty have an inclusive environment that supports their ongoing development, personal well-being and professional effectiveness.
A graduate of multiple leadership programs, Dr. Simonsen recently completed a Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program that offers an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, and public health. Dr. Simonsen's ELAM institutional action project was on development, mentorship, and support of early career faculty.
A strong proponent of advancing women in academia, Dr. Simonsen currently serves as the UNMC Designated Institutional Liaison to the Group on Women in Medicine and Science for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Her role as the Director of UNMC's Office of Equity enables her to support avenues for the advancement of junior faculty, women and faculty from underrepresented groups.
Dr. Simonsen has over 90 publications of journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. She has over 50 national, regional, and local presentations. Her research interests include drug discovery clinical trials, quality improvement, and educational scholarship.
Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Resident, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Fellowship, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Drexel University
Certified Champion, Just Culture-Workplace Accountability, Outcome Engenuity
Graduate Certificate, Leadership Experience Accelerator for Physicians (LEAP), Creighton University/Children's Hospital and Medical Center
Graduate Certificate, Interprofessional Leadership for Excellence and Academic Development, (iLEAD), UNMC
Graduate Certificate, Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute, UNMC
Honors & Awards
"Best Doctors in America," Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Best Doctors, Inc.
Inaugural Scholar, Interprofessional Academy of Educators, UNMC
Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Hobart E. Wiltse, MD, PhD Excellence in Medical Education Award, Pediatrics, UNMC
Medical Student Teaching Award, Pediatrics, UNMC
Chair, M2 Pediatric Synthesis Block Committee, Training Physicians of Tomorrow (TPOT) Curriculum Design Team, UNMC
Co-Chair, Search Committee, Department Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UNMC
Reviewer, Pediatric Writing Group, UNMC
Member, Career Development and Engagement Committee (CDEC), UNMC
Member, Women's Mentorship Group, UNMC
Chair, Board of Directors, Children's Specialty Physicians, Omaha, NE
Chair, Retirement Committee of the Board, Children's Specialty Physicians, Omaha, NE
Medical Advisor, Douglas County Health Department, Nebraska
Member, Nebraska Public Health Practice Council
Chair, Nominations Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Infectious Diseases
Designated Institutional Liaison for UNMC, Group on Women in Medicine and Science, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Vice Chair, Public Policy and Government Affairs Committee, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
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