University of Nebraska Medical Center

Our Team

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The NPCTU Team

Russell McCulloh, MD

NPCTU Principal Investigator
Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, UNMC
Director of Clinical and Translational Research Operations, Children’s Nebraska
Professor, Divisions of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases


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

Director of Research Informatics, Child Health Research Institute
Co-Director of Biomedical Informatics & Cybrerinfrastrucure Core, Great Plains IDeA-CTR
Deputy Director of Data Navigation, Research Education Administration and Development in Health Informatics (READI) Core
Data Scientist, Division of Care Transformation
Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics and Health System Science


Ellen Kerns
Kari Neemann, MD

NPCTU Junior Faculty Co-Investigator
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Medical Advisor to the Douglas County Health Department


Kari Neemann, MD
Betty Oberle , RN, BSN

Research Nurse Coordinator, Pediatric Research Office


Betty Oberle RN, BSN
Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA

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


Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA

NPCTU Scientific Oversight Committee Members

Chief, Division of Neonatology
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Division of Neonatology
Executive Director, Child Health Research Institute
Great Plains IDeA-CTR Institutional Coordinator for Children's Nebraska

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Jennifer Blackford, PhD

Hattie B. Munroe Professor
Professor of Neurological Sciences, UNMC
Professor of Psychology, UNO
Director, Research at MMI

Jennifer Blackford
Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD

Dean, Chicago Medical School
Vice President for Medical Affairs

Ann Davis, PhD

Ralph L Smith Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, University of Kansas
Director, Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, University of Kansas
Division Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas

Professor, Division of Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Chief, Division of Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Scientific Director, Child Health Research Institute
Helen Freytag Chair in Pediatrics

William B. Rizzo, MD

Carol Remmer Angle, MD, Presidential Chair of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UNMC College of Medicine
Associate Dean for Pediatric Affairs, College of Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases


Kari A. Simonsen, MD, MBA
Michelle Warren, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Nebraska Kearney