University of Nebraska Medical Center

Our Team

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The NPCTU Team

Russell McCulloh, MD

NPCTU Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine


Russell McCulloh, MD
Ashley Deschamp, MD

NPCTU Junior Faculty Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology


Ashley Deschamp, MD
Kate Heelan, PhD

NPCTU Co-Investigator
Professor/Director/Assistant Department Chair Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department, University of Nebraska at Kearney


Kate Heelan, PhD
Ellen Kerns, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Child Health Policy
Data Scientist, Division of Care Transformation, Pediatric Research Office


Ellen Kerns
Luke Murphy, MPS

Clinical Study Coordinator, Pediatric Research Office


Luke Murphy
Kari Neemann, MD

NPCTU Junior Faculty Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases


Kari Neeman, MD
Ashley Servais, MPH

Senior Research Manager Pediatric Research Office, Child Health Research Institute


Ashley Servais, MPH
Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA

NPCTU Senior Faculty Development Co-Investigator
Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease
Chair, Department of Pediatrics


Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA
Rachel Wellman, MS, BSN, RN, CCRC

Research Nurse Coordinator, Pediatric Research Office


Rachel Wellman, MS, BSN, RN, CCRC

NPCTU Scientific Oversight Committee Members

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Professor, Division of Neonatology
Interim Executive Director, Child Health Research Institute
Division Chief, Neonatology
Medical Director - Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program Director
Medical Director, NICU Nebraska Medicine and Bellevue NICU
Medical Director, Nebraska Medicine and Bellevue Newborn Nursery

Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dean, Chicago Medical School
Vice President for Medical Affairs

Chris Kratochvil, MD
Professor, UNMC Departments of Psychiatry & Pediatrics
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research
Chief Medical Officer, UNeHealth

William Rizzo, MD
Professor, Division of Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Vice Chair, Pediatric Research

Kari Simonsen, MD
Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UNMC
Pediatrician-in-chief, Children's Hospital & Medical Center
UNMC Institutional Representative, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science