University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ted R. Mikuls, MD, MSPH

Stokes-Shackleford Professor of Rheumatology
Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Director, Professional Development Core, Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Dr. Ted Mikuls

Dr. Mikuls is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis and gout. He is actively engaged in clinical/translational research activities and has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and industry. 

He has extensive experience conducting multicenter, multidisciplinary research studies, serving as the principal investigator for the multicenter Veterans Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis registry since its inception in 2003. He has served on multiple national study sections, including those convened by the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. He previously chaired the American College of Rheumatology Subcommittee for Practice Guidelines, served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Arthritis Advisory Committee, and was the lead editor for the textbook "A Color Handbook – Rheumatology."


Research Interests
  • Outcomes, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Health outcomes and quality of care in gout
Current Roles
  • Director and Founder, VA Rheumatoid Arthritis Registry (VARA).
  • Director, NIGMS Great Plains IDeA CTR Professional Development Program
  • Faculty, University of Nebraska Graduate College
  • Director/Investigator, Nebraska Arthritis Outcomes Research Center (NAORC)
  • Co-Director, Omaha VA RA/DMARD Clinic
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Council, Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF)
  • Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, high honors, 1995
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1998
  • Chief Resident: Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center,1999
  • Fellowship: Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001
  • Graduate Education: MSPH, Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001