University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kari A. Simonsen, MD, MBA

Carol Remmer Angle, MD, Presidential Chair of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UNMC College of Medicine
Associate Dean for Pediatric Affairs, College of Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases


Kari A. Simonsen, MD, MBA

Kari A. Simonsen, MD, MBA, is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Pediatrician-in-Chief of Children’s Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska. She is a Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and served for over a decade as division chief of Pediatric ID, as well as previous service as Hospital Epidemiologist of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  She also previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs at UNMC. She is a UNMC Institutional Representative, American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science.

Dr. Simonsen received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her MBA at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  She completed pediatric residency at Indiana University, and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brown University.  Her research interests include pediatric infection prevention, hospital preparedness, and antimicrobial drug discovery clinical trials.

Dr. Simonsen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.  She is a certified executive coach from the Center for Executive Coaching, a Gallup certified Strengths Coach, and certified in the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmark Series of 360 Assessment tools.  She is an internal coach for career development at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE and a faculty member of the IDSA Leadership Institute.

About Dr. Simonsen


Medical School
University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE

Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Rhode Island Hospital, Brown Medical School, Providence, RI

Research Interests
  • Molecular testing for enteric pathogens
  • Tick-borne infections
  • Case reports
  • Clinical trials
Patient Care

Additional Hospital Appointments

  • Creighton University Medical Center
  • Bergan Mercy Hospital