Faculty Bio

UNMC_RheumStaff_Canella__May2015-9071.jpgAmy Cannella, M.D.
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology

Academic Office:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986270 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6270

Practice Locations:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha VA Medical Center

1993    B.A. Biology and Psychology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1997    M.D.  University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE (UNMC)
2000    Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
2003    Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, UT 

Current Hospital and Academic Appointments:
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, UNMC
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Instructor, Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Cannella’s main interests are in clinical rheumatology, education and musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS).  She sees patients in clinic at UNMC and the VA, including the utilization of MSUS to diagnose and treat rheumatic disease.  She runs the rheumatology fellowship program, which matriculates two fellows each year into the two year clinical program.  She is also involved in resident and medical school education, directing both the resident rheumatology curriculum and the second year medical student core in rheumatology.  She has developed several novel educational tools for rheumatology, including a video game on gout and an inter-professional pharmacology e-learning module.  She is a member of the UNMC school of medicine admissions committee and curriculum innovations workgroup.  She works nationally with the American College of Rheumatology, and is an Instructor for the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists.  She participates in Divisional research, including the VARA and RAIN databanks, and in clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis and gout. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Research Interests/Current Research:
Education, musculoskeletal ultrasound and rheumatoid arthritis

Selected Publications/Current Publications:

  1. O'Dell JR, Mikuls TR, Taylor TH, Ahluwalia V, Brophy M, Warren SR, Lew RA, Cannella AC, Kunkel G, Phibbs CS, Anis AH, Leatherman S, Keystone E, CSP 551 RACAT Investigators. Therapies for active rheumatoid arthritis after methotrexate failure. New England Journal of Medicine. 369 : 307-318. 2013
  2. American College of Rheumatology Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues, FitzGerald JD, Battistone M, Brown CR, Cannella AC, Chakravarty E, Gelber AC, Lozada CJ, Punaro M, Slusher B, Abelson A, Elashoff DA, Benford L. Regional distribution of adult rheumatologists. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 65 : 3017-25. 2013
  3. Jennifer A. Fillaus; Jennifer Oliveto; Annika Cutinha; Amy Cannella; Troy J. Plumb. Takayasu arteritis presenting as new-onset hypertension. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 20 : 389-390. 2014
  4. Debbie T. Lim; Amy C. Cannella; Kaleb D Michaud; Ted R. Mikuls. Cardiovascular Risk and the Use of Biologic Agents in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Current Rheumatology Reports. 16 : 2014
  5. Cannella AC, Kissin EY, Torralba KD, Higgs JB, Kaeley GS. Evolution of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the United States: Implementation and practice in rheumatology. Arthritis Care and Research. 66 : 7-13. 2014
  6. Kissin EY, Grayson PC, Cannella AC, Demarco PJ, Evangelisto A, Goyal J, Al Haj R, Higgs J, Malone DG, Nishio MJ, Tabechian D, Kaeley GS. Musculoskeletal ultrasound objective structured clinical examination: An assessment of the test. Arthritis Care and Research. 66 : 2-6. 2014