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Maureen Tierney, MD, named chair of Department of Clinical Research

Maureen TierneyCreighton University School of Medicine has named Maureen Tierney, MD, MSc, chair of the Department of Clinical Research, assistant dean for clinical research and public health, and associate professor of medicine. In addition, Tierney will serve as medical director of clinical research at CHI Health.

“I am thrilled to become a part of the Creighton School of Medicine and CHI Health. I was introduced to Jesuit education at Fordham University in my hometown of New York City, and both my sons recently graduated from Creighton, so being able to contribute to the Jesuit mission of magis and serving others is so important to me,” said Tierney.

Under Tierney’s guidance, the Department of Clinical Research will facilitate the process of conducting clinical research from inception through completion, including concept review, trial feasibility and design, funding acquisition, statistical review and publication. The ultimate goal is scientific discovery to facilitate prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and to improve health care, including health care equity. Tierney will also lead an initiative to review clinical research activities of School of Medicine faculty on our Phoenix campus and develop plans to support faculty in their research efforts.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of well performed, high quality clinical research. Doing high quality academic investigation is hard,” Tierney said. “My goal is to help the School of Medicine and CHI Health’s clinical research infrastructures merge to create an even more productive infrastructure that supports and enables clinical investigators to pursue academic research questions.”

Her research interests include public health, medical ethics, antimicrobial resistance, and the epidemiology of COVID-19 and ways to reduce its transmission.

Prior to joining Creighton, Tierney held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Cornell University Medical College. She spent several years as a senior medical reviewer at the FDA and later the head of the Healthcare Associated Infectious and Antimicrobial Resistance Program at Nebraska DHHS. She was recently named the inaugural awardee of the McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes.

At Nebraska DHHS, she and her team created an antimicrobial resistance task force, developed a real-time state antibiogram and established a containment program for a multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs). From February through May 2020, she authored and hosted frequent public health and clinical COVID-19 update webinars for the Nebraska medical community.

She holds certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty of infectious disease. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell University Medical College and a Master of Science in Health Service Administration, Kellogg Program for Research Training in Clinical Effectiveness from Harvard School of Public Health.

Her postdoctoral training included chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; clinical and research fellow in medicine, Infectious Disease Unit Massachusetts General Hospital; and internal medicine resident, New York Hospital-Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Tierney serves on several committees including the Nebraska Infection Control Network Board of Directors; the Nebraska HAI Advisory Council; and co-chair of the Council on Outbreak Response: Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistant Pathogens’ National Policy Workgroup.

Outside of medicine, her avocation is support for opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum and she is on the board of directors for the Autism Action Partnership. Since moving to Nebraska, she and her husband have become big Creighton basketball fans as well as Husker football fans, but the sports team closest to her heart is the New York Mets.

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