Ted Mikuls, MD
Dr. Mikuls received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 1995. Following medical school, Dr. Mikuls completed his internal medicine residency at UNMC where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed his rheumatology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he also received his Masters in Public Health. Dr. Mikuls joined the UNMC Rheumatology Division 2002 where he is currently the Umbach Professor of Rheumatology and is active in clinical research, education, and patient care. He has directed the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System Rheumatoid Arthritis clinic for the last 13 years.
Dr. Mikuls research efforts are focused on the epidemiology and health outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout. He initiated and has led the multicenter VA Rheumatoid Arthritis registry since its inception in 2002. He has received research funding from the VA, NIH, Arthritis Foundation, the US Department of Defense, Industry, and the Rheumatology Research Foundation.
When asked, “Why is patient-centered and patient-powered research necessary in order to advance our understanding of rheumatological conditions?”, Dr. Mikuls responded,
“To understand the importance of the patient perspective, all you have to do is spend a morning in our arthritis clinic. Patients rarely want to talk to me about the laboratory measures of inflammation or disease activity scores or other data that are often relegated as core values in assessing disease status. Patients have taught us over the years and our education is reflected in a common refrain that can be heard in our clinic, “Don’t treat the numbers, treat the patient, the whole patient.” Without a patient-centered and patient-powered approach, improvements in treating the “whole patient” are likely to lag.”