Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Program Director

Program Director

Joe Nahas, MD – Program Director/Recruitment

Dr. Joe Nahas

Bio: I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I attended Creighton University for my medical school and internal medicine residency training. I then completed a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Colorado and returned to Omaha and joined the rheumatology department at Creighton in 2013. I decided to return and practice at Creighton University for the academic atmosphere and Jesuit values. I am passionate about teaching, and love working with our amazing medical students and residents. I find the field of rheumatology fascinating and love teaching our learners during their monthly rotation. I am excited about the opportunities ahead as a core faculty member and having the opportunity to work with our great group of physicians. During my free time, I am busy with my wife and two young sons, Elliott and Lucas. We love to travel, spend time with family, and explore Omaha. We love living in Omaha and its many restaurants and events. We just purchased a camper, so will have many adventures ahead!

Testimony: I am a graduate from Creighton University Medical School and Internal Medicine residency program. The training I received during my internal medicine residency challenged me intellectually and helped me develop into a caring, empathetic physician. After completing my rheumatology fellowship at the University of Colorado, I am excited to have returned to Creighton and join a group of dynamic, motivated physicians who truly care about our medicine residents. The culture at our program is what makes us unique. Our residents not only experience excellent clinical training and participate in numerous scholarly activities, but more importantly, become well rounded physicians who practice with compassion and service.

Associate Program Directors

Associate Program Directors

Bradley DeVrieze, MD – Evaluations – Associate Program Director

Dr. Bradley DevriezeBio: I have been associate program director since 2014 and am a member of the Academic Hospitalist Service. I obtained my medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee before starting my Internal Medicine residency training at Creighton University. I was a chief resident after my training before starting as an academic hospitalist. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my wife and boys, Ren and Miles.

Testimony: Our program consistently graduates compassionate internists who are equally capable of stepping into primary care, hospital medicine, or fellowship training. We are growth-minded and strive to adapt quickly to the changing needs of our patients, learners, and society. If you are curious about medicine and passionate about patient care, you should thrive in our program.

 

Mohsin Mirza, MBBS – Associate Program Director

Mohsin Mirza

Bio: Dr. Mirza grew up in Chicago and moved to Pakistan when he was in high school. He completed his medical school education in Lahore, Pakistan and moved back to the USA. He came to Omaha for his Internal Medicine residency at Creighton University where he served as a Chief Resident in his third year of residency. Dr. Mirza has a passion for resident and medical student education and has been involved in developing educational curriculums since his second year of residency. Dr. Mirza was inducted as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society during his residency. He currently is an Associate Director at Creighton University in the Department of Internal Medicine and is Faculty Lead of the educational curriculum and duty hour compliance. Dr. Mirza also serves as the Stroke Medical Director for Creighton University Medical Center. His interests include cooking, eating, card games, playing basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.

Testimony: The Creighton University Internal Medicine Residency Program provides excellent clinical training, research opportunities, and professional development. I am a graduate of this training program and served as Chief Resident. I was fortunate to join the Hospital Medicine Team as faculty. Creighton’s Internal Medicine Residency Program not only trains you to be an excellent physician, it also develops you into a strong leader.

Core Faculty

Core Faculty

Giri Andukuri, MD – QI Champion/CORE

Bio:Dr. Giri Andukuri I was born and raised in India in a small archipelago called Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. I went to medical school in Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, in South India. I came to the United States to pursue my interest in population health and nutrition and joined Tufts University and later finished my Master's in Public Health with emphasis in Biostatistics at Georgia Southern University. I then completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Creighton University.

My passion is continuous quality improvement research and patient safety. I hope to have all students and residents think the QI way and be comfortable with using the methodology. I am also interested in health care analytics and predictive modeling of processes. I coordinate and mentor all QI projects for residents. I enjoy teaching residents and students on rounds and like to make them think "why?" in everything they do.

During my free time I like to travel, paint, write and blog, design and work on home improvement projects, watch movies and cricket with friends. I like spending time with my wife, Radha and sons, Aman, 12 and Arjun, 6. Interestingly, I met my wife in medical school. I have known her for over 21 years and have been married for 17 years. Both my sons were born here in Omaha. We have lived in Omaha for over 15 years and love this place and are proud to call it home!


Nathan Birch, MD
– Ambulatory /CORE

Dr. Bradley DevriezeBio: Bio: Dr. Birch has served as an Internal Medicine physician since 2010 at the Omaha VA where one of his favorite duties has been working with exceptional students and residents. He enjoys the excitement that comes with big undertakings (such as Internal Medicine Residency).

Becoming a physician is hard. The work is worthwhile. There is nothing better than hearing from those we've cared for, mentored, and shared a common path in life as a reward for those efforts.

Dr. Birch is married to his work, but committed to another doctor first with whom he has two daughters.

Testimony:
What Creighton residency training means to me:

  • Mission first.
  • The mission defines the goals.
  • The goals determine the sacrifices.
  • You will practice how you were trained.
  • In the care of others - excellence is the only standard - and it is the mission.

 

Theresa Townley, MD – Disparities/CORE

Dr. Theresa Townley

Bio: Theresa Townley MD, MPH is a Med-Peds trained interest who attended Creighton for undergraduate and the University of Minnesota for medical school and residency. She worked for 3 years for Doctors without Borders in Kosovo, South Sudan and Liberia. She completed an MPH at Hopkins and then returned to Omaha. She currently practices Internal Medicine both in her primary care clinic and on the hospitalist service. In addition, she is the clerkship director for the ILAC rotation in the Dominican Republic. She seeks to compassionately care for and advocate for the vulnerable and underserved populations in the US and globally through curriculum, quality improvement, and opportunities for community engagement.

Testimony: I am proud to be part of Creighton University’s Internal Medicine Residency and I am blessed to be able to work with such wonderful residents. At Creighton, our residents are accomplished physicians, who are always interested in effective ways to provide even better patient care. They do so with a wealth of clinical knowledge as well as a wealth of compassion for each person they encounter.

 

Kevin Embach, SJ, MD – Wellness/CORE

Dr. Kevin Embach

Bio: Dr. Embach is a Jesuit from the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Embach is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has studied philosophy and bioethics at Loyola University Chicago and has a master’s Degree in theology from Boston College. Dr. Embach joins the Creighton faculty after serving on the faculty of the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Embach has an interest in global health and has participated in medical missions in Haiti, Honduras and Bolivia.

Testimony: Being a physician is a great privilege and responsibility. I experience much joy in the practice and teaching of medicine. I experience much consolation caring for patients and helping to train newer generations of physicians to deliver excellent care in kind and compassionate manner which respects the dignity of every human life.

 

Paul Millner, MD – Research & Scholarly/CORE

Dr. Paul Millner

Bio: I grew up in North Dakota and love the Midwest. I obtained my engineering degree from the University of North Dakota and then obtained my medical degree from West Virginia University. Following my four-year hiatus away from the Midwest, I returned to complete my Internal Medicine Residency at Creighton University. Highlights from my residency training include being inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and serving a chief resident. The wonderful academic environment and unique comradery between residents and staff made it any easy decision to join as a hospital medicine faculty member after completing my residency training. When away from the hospital I enjoy as much of the family friendly attractions Omaha has to offer with my wife, two children and our German short hair, Leo.

Testimony: As a recent graduate of the internal medicine program at Creighton University, I have a great appreciation of the unique environment that the program provides. We are blessed to have a great teaching hospital filled with consistent excellent educational opportunities both in general medicine as well as the multiple specialties. In addition, the resident program is a very close-knit group which serves as a much-needed source of support during residency. This program serves residents well in multiple areas including training in general internal medicine, pursuit of fellowships, scholarly activity and leadership roles.