Amy L. McGaha, MD
Amy L. McGaha, MD

Amy L. McGaha, MD

Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Endowed Professorship, Department of Family Medicine
School of Medicine


  • Fellowship, National Institute of Program Director Development, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, October 2011-June 2012

Academic Appointments


  • Family Medicine


  • Professor


Amy L. McGaha, MD, FAAFP, Roland L. Kleeberger, M.D. Professor and Chair Creighton University School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine Omaha, Nebraska is a family physician.  Dr. McGaha joined the Creighton Department of Family Medicine in 2011.  Prior to joining Creighton faculty, Dr. McGaha served for five years as the assistant director of the Division of Medical Education at the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Her work focused on medical student interest, workforce development, and leadership development of residents and students.  She completed medical school at the University of Missouri—Columbia and residency training in Tallahassee, Florida.  Dr. McGaha served two years in rural practice in her hometown in Southwest Missouri.  In addition to diligently working to ensure that the Creighton program is a great place to learn the science and art of family medicine, provide great care for patients, and prepare for future rewarding medical practice, Dr. McGaha is involved with many regional and national projects to improve family medicine education.  She served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Family Medicine Milestones Committee, she is on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Education, and she is on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  In 2010, Dr. McGaha founded a college scholarship for students from their hometown who are pursuing careers in public service


  • University of Missouri,BA,1992-1996
  • University of Missouri,M.D.,1996-2000
  • Family Medicine Residency, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital,Tallahassee, Florida, 2000 to 2003


American Board of Family Medicine, Original Certification 2003, Re-certification 2013

Publications and Presentations


  • McGaha AL. Vitamin D deficiency. In Paulman P, (Ed.). Taylor’s Differential Diagnosis Manual 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2014: 333-4., Not Applicable, 2014


  • Brandon, K., Guck, T., Doll, J.D., McGaha, A., Potthoff, M., DeFreece, T. & White, M. (Submitted October 2017). Formation of a primary care academic collaborative affiliation: Enabling and interfering factors. Invited article for special issue for Journal of Interprofessional Care, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2017
  • “Timed Up and GO (TUG) Test”, Breelan M. Kear, Thomas P. Guck, Amy L. McGaha, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, Vol 8 Issue 1, 9-13, 2016
  • Kear, B., Guck, T., McGaha, A. (2015). The Timed Up and Go Test (TUG): The Sixth Vital Sign Assessed in Primary Care. [abstract] Annals of Behavioral Medicine 47, Supplement, Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, 47 Supplement, 2015


  • Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Audio-Digest Family Medicine Board Review , Audio Digest, 2017


  • Moderator, Morning Session 2018 Primary Care Update, Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine; April 27-28, Omaha Marriottt Regency Hotel, Omaha NE, 2018
  • "Geriatric Pain and Associated Conditions (Depression)”, Amy L. McGaha, MD, FAAFP & Shannon M. Kinnan, MD; Annual Pain Management Conference, March 9, 2018, Mike & Josie Harper Center Creighton University Campus, Omaha, NE
     , 2018
  • Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds - "Diabetic Neuropathy"; Amy McGaha, M.D. & Samrawit Tekle, M.D., 2017
  • Submission ID: 55073;  Presentation Title: “Primary Care Resident Knowledge of Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Management”   STFM 2017 Conference on Practice Improvement; Category you submitted for: Poster - Completed Research Project  Category we accepted your submission for: Poster - Completed Research Project   Presenters:   Robyn Teply, PharmD, Thomas Guck, PhD,  Mark Goodman, M.D.,  Amy McGaha, M.D.,Krista Goins, M.D., Sandeep Mukherjee, M.D., 2017
  • “Protecting Family Medicine Education in the Heartland: A Glimpse of Things to Come?”  Coastal Research Conference.  Kauai, 2016
  • “Obesity & Medical Management of Obesity: Practical-Based Recommendations”  Session Moderator, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: Primary Care Update, Omaha, NE, 2016
  • McGaha A. (30 July 2015). Global health begins at home: Caring for refugees in the family medicine home. [National conference presentation]. American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference. Kansas City, MO., 2015
  • Kear, B., Guck, T., & McGaha, A. (2015). The Timed Up and Go Test (TUG): The Sixth Vital Sign Assessed in Primary Care. [National conference presentation]. Society of Behavioral Medicine 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, TX., 2015
  • Vimalachandran P & McGaha A. (20 March 2015). Get vaccinated, get healthy. [Poster presentation]. Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. 67th Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly. LaVista, NE., 2015
  • Mullick S, Saxena S, & McGaha A. (20 March 2015). Significance of recognition and management of obstructive sleep apnea in primary care. [Poster presentation]. Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. 67th Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly. LaVista, NE., 2015
  • McGaha AL. (March 2014). Getting into Residency Training: What IMGs need to know. [International conference presentation]. Residency Educators Symposium. Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Doha, Qatar., 2014
  • Al Shaikh Nasser H, Saxena S, McGaha A, & Chaudry R. (May 2013). Evaluation of case-based teaching to residents using picture format. [National poster presentation]. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meeting. Baltimore, MD., 2013
  • McGaha AL. (May 2013). Milestones are coming. [National presentation]. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD., 2013
  • McGaha AL. (April 2013). Implementing milestones into your competency assessment. [National presentation]. American Academy of Family Physicians program directors workshop. Kansas City, MO., 2013

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Clinical Staff Perceptions about Immunization Documentation and Immunization Administration Practices in a Primary Care Clinic Providing Immigration Screening Physicals

Awards and Honors

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, Creighton University Chapter, 2017
  • Roland L. Kleeberger, M.D. Professorship, Creighton University School of Medicine, 2017
  • Service Excellence Recognition, Alegent Creighton Health, 2013