Scientiest using lab tools

An inquisitive mind, intellectual rigor, and the ability to apply scientific principles to clinical problems.

The Department of Internal Medicine has an active research program, with investigators involved in clinical, translational, and basic science research. Our research funding from external sources is approximately $25 million annually. Our activities are based at both UNMC and the Omaha VA.

We define our research activities broadly because of the many needs of our patients and students, as well as our community. Our research includes quantitative and qualitative investigations of health and disease that address basic science mechanisms of disease; the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies; the assessment of outcomes of new and existing health practices including economic and human costs; as well as the assessment of educational strategies. Our research activities also provide training for students and house officers to better prepare them for the challenges and changes they will encounter in their careers.

The Divisions of Internal Medicine include: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology; Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism; Gastroenterology and Hepatology; General Internal Medicine; Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Infectious Diseases; Nephrology; Oncology and Hematology; Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; and Rheumatology and Immunology. Each division has individual representation on the department's Internal Medicine Research Council.

The Department of Internal Medicine sponsors a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and Summer Undergraduate Alcohol Research Program (SUARP). For more information about both programs or to apply online, go to the SURP website or contact Shannon Thomsen at 402-559-4875 or by email.

Contact information:
Internal Medicine Vice Chair for Research: Ted Mikuls, MD

For more information on research grants contact Renee Hill, Vice Chair Research Administration and Development, at (402) 552-2577 or via email. 

For more information about research in the Department of Internal Medicine, including summer research programs, contact Shannon Thomsen, Research Program Associate at (402) 559-4875 or by email.