Kari A. Simonsen, MD

Dr. Kari A. Simonsen, MDKari Simonsen is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Pediatrician-in-Chief for Children's Hospital & Medical Center.  Dr. Simonsen is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Simonsen serves as the Medical Advisor for the Douglas County Health Department, as the Hospital Epidemiologist at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and as a member of the Nebraska Public Health Practice Council.  She is a volunteer physician at the Pediatric Tuberculosis Clinic at OneWorld Community Health Center (FQHC) and is the pediatric tuberculosis consultant for the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Simonsen received her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine in 2001, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Indiana University in 2004, and Infectious Diseases Fellowship training at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island in 2007.  She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. 

Dr. Simonsen has research interests and publications in tick-borne infections including Lyme disease and tularemia, intestinal infections (including rotavirus and C. difficile), and sexually-transmitted diseases (including HIV).

Honors and awards include “Best Doctors in America” in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2011-15. She received the Hobart E. Wiltse, MD, PhD, Excellence in Medical Education Award at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics in 2013, and the Medical Student Teaching Award in 2011.