Bruce L. Houghton, MD
Bruce L. Houghton, MD

Bruce L. Houghton, MD

Associate Professor
School of Medicine

Academic Appointments


  • Medicine


  • Associate Professor


  • Creighton University,BS Biology,1983-87
  • Creighton Univerity School of Medicine,MD,1987-91

Publications and Presentations


  • Knight C, Sakowski H, Houghton B, Laya M, DeWitt D. Developing a Peer Review Process for Web-Based Curricula: Minting a new coin of the realm, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19 (5 pt 2), 594-598, 2004
  • Monaghan MS, Galt KA, Turner PD, Houghton BL, Rich EC, Markert RJ, Bergman-Evans B. Student understanding of the relationship between the health professions and the pharmaceutical industry., Teach Learn Med, 15 (1), 14-20, 2003
  • Houghton BL, Bowers JB. Valproic Acid Overdose: A Case Report and Review of Therapy, Medscape General Medicine, 5 (1), 2003
  • Galt KA, Rich EC, Young WW, Markert RJ, Barr C, Houghton, BL, Taylor W, Rule AM, Bramble JD, Impact of Hand-Held Technologies on Medication Erros in Primary Care, Topics in Heath Information Management, 23 (2), 71-81, 2002
  • Critical appraisal of alternative therapies: a mini-course Sakowski HA, Houghton BL, Jeffries WB., Academic Medicine, 77 (5), 471, 2002
  • Cox-2 Inhibitor-Induced Rash case report in Photoclinic. Dr. Bruce Houghton and Dr. Againdra Bewtra, Consultant, Volume 41, Number 9, 1338, 2001
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma with Gout Tophi case report in Photoclinic Drs. Timothy Goggins (resident in Medicine-Pediatrics) and Bruce Houghton, Consultant, Volume 41, Number 3, 480, 2001
  • Information Technology in Clinical Clerkship Education. Fredrick McCurdy, M.D., Ph.D., Henry Sakowski, M.D., Bruce Houghton, M.D., Roger L. Berkow, M.D., Andy Spooner, M.D., Guidebook for Clerkship Directors, 16 through 43, 2000
  • The 'sweet killer'. Can you recognize the symptoms of ethylene glycol poisoning? de Chazal I, Houghton B, Frock J, Postgraduate Medicine, 106 (4), 221-4, 227, 230, 1999


  • Takayasu arteritis presenting as embolic stroke, BMJ Case Report, BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-220001, 1 through 4, 2017
  • Medical Resident's Confidence in Treatment Decisions and Impact on Patient Satisfaction in Response to Consumer Demands in the Clinical Encounter. Proceedings from the 17th Annual Midwest Regional SGIM Meeting. Houghton, B., Galt, K., Rich, EC, Turner, P., Monaghan, M.,, Journal of Investigative Medicine, Vol 48 Number 5, 268A, 2000
  • Resident Attitudes and Characteristics Associated with Pharmacotherapy Cost. Proceedings from the 17th Annual Midwest Regional SGIM Meeting. Houghton, B., Turner, PD, Galt, K., Rich, EC., Journal of Investigative Medicine, Vol 48 Number 5, 268A, 2000

Editing and Reviews

  • Houghton BL, Bothmer J, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, J.A.M.A., 289 (19), 2582-2583, 2003
  • Comment On: The informationist. Houghton B, Rich EC, Annals of Internal Medicine, 134 (3), 251-2; author reply 252-3, 2001


  • Practical Gastroenterology: An Update for Primary Care in 2017. Afternoon Session Moderator. Omaha, NE at Marriott Regency, 2017
  • Practical Gastroenterology: An Update for Primary Care in 2016. Session Moderator. Omaha, NE at Marriott Regency
     , 2016
  • Practical Gastroenterology: An Update for Primary Care in 2015. Session Moderator. Omaha, NE at Marriott Regency, 2015
  • Internal Medicine Resident Lecture 'Discharge Planning' July 8th, 2015, 2015
  • Internal Medicine Resident Lecture 'Health Care Costs and Payment Models' April 10th,2015, 2015
  • Nebraska American College of Physicians Lecture Medical Myths Persisting Despite EBM, Omaha, CenturyLink Center, 2014
  • Nebraska American College of Physicians Self Evaluation Process 2011 Update lecture in Nebraska City, NE, 2013
  • Nebraska American College of Physicians Self Evaluation Process 2011 Update lecture Nebraska City, NE, 2013
  • Coordinated Panel Discussion for Grand Rounds Internal Medicine, Metformin: Falsely Accused, April 24th, 2013, 2013
  • Grand Rounds Internal Medicine, Choosing Wisely: Internal Medicine Update, 2013
  • Professionalism in the Digital Age: Social Media delivered to CUMC residents, 2013
  • Houghton, B., Bothmer, J. Huggett, K. Survey of Medical Student and Resident Technology Use. Poster. Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE, 2011
  • Hansen, T., Houghton, B., Huggett, K., Lofgreen, A. Introducing the ACGME Competencies into an Interclerkship Course. Poster. Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE, 2011
  • Sakowski H, Markert R, Rich E, Jeffries W, Coleman R, Houghton B, Kosoko-Lasaki S, Goodman M. Dimensions in Clinical Medicine: An Interclerkship Program. Poster Presentation CGEA Meeting Omaha, NE, 2004
  • Young D, Houghton B, Sakowski H, Dunla R, Rich E. Introduction of Handheld Computers into the 3rd year Medical Student Internal Medicine Clerkship. Poster presentation 2004 CGEA meeting Omaha, NE, 2004
  • Strategies for Lifelong Learning. Noon Conference Presentation to Internal Medicine faculty and residents at St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 2004
  • Using Interclerkships to Fill Gaps in the Clinical Curriculum Midwest Regional SGIM Meeting, 2003
  • Strategies for Life Long Learning, 2003
  • Cybermedicine: It sounds cool, but does anything really work?, 2003
  • Session IV: Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Series---Panel Discussion Coordinator, 2002
  • Session III: Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Series---Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy, 2002
  • Session II: Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Series---the empowered patient, 2002
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal to nurse practitioner students, 2002
  • Innovative Use of Technology Award Presentation, 2002
  • Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Session IV: Pharmaceutical Marketing to Physicians and Professional Organization Policy Statements, 2001
  • Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Session III: Evidence Based Medicine and Information Resource Utilization, 2001
  • Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Series Session II, The Physician-Patient Relationship and Direct to Consumer Advertising, 2001
  • Cost Effective Pharmacotherapy Series, Introduction, 2001
  • Stange Bedfellows: An evidence based approach to teaching complementary and alternative medicine. Presented with Hank Sakowski in at the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine National Meeting in Tucson, AZ, 2001
  • "Strategies for Life Long Learning: Are you keeping up the literature or being buried alive?" presented at the Nebraska Chapter of the ACP-ASIM meeting, 2001
  • Using Evidence-Based Electronic Medical Information Resources in Practice: Does Anything Really Work? Presentation at the Fourth Annual: Practical Gastroenterology for Primary Care Physicians and Their Support Staff, 2001
  • Evidence Based Clinical Practice: We Already Do That, Don’t We? Lecture and workshop with Nurse Practioner Students, 2001
  • Strange Bedfellows: An Evidence-Based Approach to Teaching Complementary/Alternative Medicine. Bruce Houghton and Hank Sakowski. Midwest SGIM Meeting in Chicago, 2001
  • Cholesterol Guidelines Update. Noon conference Grand Rounds co-presentation with Dr. Rendell and Dr. Holmberg and Bruce Houghton, 2001
  • Tutor trainee at the McMaster University Course 'How to Teach Evidence Based Clinical Practice.' I coordinated the activities for my small group workshops throughout the week long course in June of 2001, 2001
  • Web-based Clinical Curriculum Interest Group Co-Coordinator at the 24th Annual SGIM meeting in San Diego, 2001
  • Transforming Medicine Clerkship Case Based Curriculum for Web Based Instruction: Lessons Learned at the 24th Annual SGIM Meeting in San Diego, CA, 2001
  • Guidelines for Responsible Prescribing Practices in the Social Responsibility Interest Group at the 24th Annual SGIM Meeting in San Diego, CA, 2001
  • Prevention in Medicine 2001: A “Space” Odyssey. Bruce Houghton, M.D. Noon conference presented as part of the Ambulatory Core Series, 2001
  • The Information Superhighway: How to Use the Internet for a Medicine Clerkship Without Getting in a Motor Vehicle Accident Workshop delivered at the 2000 Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine Meeting in Washington, D.C., 2000
  • Cost-Effective Pharmacotherapy Series. Delivered with the assistance of the Center for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research and the Department of Internal Medicine from September through October 2000. Series of four one-hour sessions which dealt with issues related to cost-effective pharmacotherapy and the impact of pharmaceutical marketing on physician choice of therapy., 2000
  • Preparing Internists for New Challenges to Cost-Effective Pharmacotherapy delivered at the 17th Annual Midwest Regional Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting in Chicago, IL, 2000
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, Information Resource Use, and Critical Appraisal Skills. Delivered to the Nurse Practitioner Student Program, 2000
  • Ear, Nose, Throat and Neck Exam deliverd in the Physical Diagnosis Course to First Year Medical Students, 2000
  • Faculty Developmpent Program: "So You've Agreed to be a Clinical Preceptor", 2000
  • Clinicians and the Internet Course Co-Director with Dr. Walter Scott. Half-Day Saturday Course, 2000

Awards and Honors

  • Cardoner Lecture Presentation, Creighton University, 2013
  • Best Doctors in America, 2012
  • Best Doctors in America, 2011
  • Best Doctors in America, 2010
  • Best Doctors in America, 2009
  • James F. Sullivan Award, Creighton University Department of Medicine, 2009
  • Best Doctors in America, 2008
  • Nominated for Golden Apple Teaching Award, 4th Year Medical School Class 2008, 2008
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007
  • Best Doctors in America, 2006
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005
  • Nominated for Golden Apple Teaching Award by 3rd Year Medical Student Class, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2011, 1995