University of Nebraska Medical Center

William L. Lyons , MD

Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine
Fellowship Director, Geriatric Medicine


William L. Lyons, MD

Dr. Lyons’ expertise is focused in comprehensive geriatric assessment using multi-professional teams, communication with patients and families around setting goals of care, and end-of-life decision making. As a clinician-educator in geriatrics, he develops and evaluates curriculum for learners from various disciplines. He is the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Director, and he provides geriatric consultations at both the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging and at Omaha’s VA Medical Center.

He has lectured extensively at national and regional conferences and to fellows, residents and medical students on these and other topics related to the health care of older patients. He has received a variety of teaching awards.

Dr. Lyons has written several book chapters and articles on end-of-life care in nursing homes, dementia, palliative care, hospital care, discharge planning, and transitional care of the elderly. He has served as co-chief editor for two recent editions of the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, a textbook of geriatric medicine published by the American Geriatrics Society. He is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and the American College of Physicians and is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

After completing a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Lyons earned his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He served his internship and residency at UCSF, where he also completed a fellowship in geriatrics. Dr. Lyons is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.


  • Medical School: Washington University-Barnes Jewish Hospital, 1995
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 1998
  • Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 2000