I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. I am a physician-scientist actively engaged in research, clinical care, and education in endocrinology, with a focus on thyroid cancer and immune-mediated endocrinopathies. I received clinical and research Endocrinology training at Mayo Clinic Rochester. I am conducting translational research to identify prognostic immune phenotypes for thyroid cancer and evaluate their association with the differential clustering of thyroid cancer in Nebraska related to social, demographic, and environmental factors. I am also investigating the link between endocrine dysfunction caused by novel immunotherapies and patient survival.
I mentor undergraduate students, medical students, residents, and subspecialty fellows for research. I serve on the editorial boards of three journals and committees of national societies as well as the Omaha VA IRB. I have received awards including the Randall G. Sprague Award for Excellence in Endocrinology, and Postdoctoral Certificate in Clinical and Translational research at Mayo Clinic; and Program of Excellence Physician-Scientist award at UNMC. I have received research grants including Nebraska Health and Human Services grant LB506 and Great Plains IDeA-CTR Research Scholars Program grant.
As a member of AFMR, I am on the social media committee and now Midwestern Section Chair-elect.
Current AFMR position: Midwestern Section Chair
Term: 05/01/23 - 04/30/24