University of Nebraska Medical Center

Gale Etherton, MD

Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Gale Etherton, MD

Dr. Etherton's background is in general internal medicine, health informatics, patient safety and quality improvement in health care delivery. She has expertise in large-scale, multi-disciplinary system redesign initiatives. She has led and facilitated multiple process improvement projects impacting health care delivery to Veterans. From 2017 to 2022 she functioned as co-director for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program’s quality improvement and patient safety education program. 

Dr. Etherton is currently a faculty member of the UNMC infectious disease ECHO project to reduce COVID-19 health disparities through quality improvement. She practices both outpatient and inpatient internal medicine and currently staffs the Same Day Access Clinic and attends on the internal medicine wards at the Omaha VA Medical Center.

Since 2010 she has reviewed research protocols for the Institutional Review Board (IRB). She was previously on the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa IRB as vice chair and is now on the UNMC IRB as a board member.


  • BA: University of Colorado, 1988
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, 1994
  • Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, 1997
Patient Care

Clinic Locations: Omaha VA Medical Center

Hospital Appointments: Omaha VA Medical Center

Research Activities
Project ECHO