University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kristina Bailey, MD, ATSF

Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Division

Kristina Bailey, MD

Dr. Bailey is a physician-scientist in the division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She also provides clinical care to Veterans as a staff physician at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

Her research focuses on how exposures such as heavy alcohol intake, drug use, aging and agricultural dust exposures affect lung health. She is particularly interested in pulmonary innate immunity and mucociliary clearance.

She is an American Thoracic Society Fellow, and is active in the Environmental, Occupational and Public Health assembly of the American Thoracic Society.


  • Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center, MD, 2000
  • Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2003
  • Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2008
Patient care
Hospital Appointments: Nebraska MedicineOmaha VA Medical Center
  • How aging slows mucociliary clearance and ways to improve pulmonary innate immunity with aging.
  • How heavy alcohol use and cannabis use affect the lung.
  • How agricultural exposures alter the normal function of the lung.