Michelene Hearth-Holmes, MD, FACP

Michelene Hearth-Holmes, MD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology

Appointments: 402-559-4015

Primary Practice Location:
Durham Outpatient Center
Practice Location(s): University of Nebraska Medical Center
Research Interests:

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Medical Education
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Medical School: 1986 MD Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Residency: 1989 Internship Emory University Affiliated Hospital, Atlanta, GA Residency
Fellowship: 1992 Fellowship Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Rheumatology Section, Shreveport, LA
Certifications:  Rheumatology, American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Bio Sketch:

Dr. Hearth-Holmes is a rheumatologist with research interests focused in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  Dr. Hearth-Holmes started a lupus cohort at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana in the mid-1990s.  She has studied cholesterol, literacy, hormone replacement and disease activity in SLE patients and the use of mycophenolate mofetil with lupus nephritis patients.  Her cohort was funded as part of the Safety of Estrogens in Lupus Erythematosus National Assessment (SELENA) study.  She has an interest in SLE treatment, outcomes and use of new biomarkers for activity of disease.  She has organized an SLE cohort at UNMC of 170 patients, which are a part of many clinical studies.

 Her other interests include the musculoskeletal exam and ultrasound.  As a Musculoskeletal Master Educator for the VA, she participates in training primary care physicians across the U.S. in the physical exam—especially knee and shoulder.  For the past six years, this has been taught to rheumatology fellows and residents rotating on rheumatology.  In the past two years, the teaching modules have been taught to all first and second-year medical students alongside anatomy and ultrasound.  She is active in teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound to all rheumatology fellows and manages the VA ultrasound clinic.