PSN Member Profile

Dr. Alan Erickson, M.D., F.A.C.R.  – Board Certified Internal Medicine and Rheumatology provider in Omaha, Nebraska.

Alan Erickson, M.D.

Member Biography

Dr. Alan Erickson, M.D., is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

He received his undergraduate degree in biology from the Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln and attended medical school at the University of Nebraska School Of Medicine, Omaha.  He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology Fellowship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Erickson serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the Section of Rheumatology and Immunology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, both in Omaha.  Dr. Erickson also serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the College of Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Erickson holds wide-ranging interests in rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Dr. Erickson participates in 2 off-campus outreach clinics and serves as a faculty member for the rheumatology fellowship training program at UNMC since its inception. He actively participates in the fellowship didactics and post-clinical conferences that are held weekly with the fellows, also attending the monthly journal clubs and other special didactic meetings. 

In addition, Dr. Erickson is actively involved in specialized radiographic interpretation and the many division research studies.

  • Certifications
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors

1991 - Nebraska License 
1992 - Board Certified in Internal Medicine
1996  - Board Certified in Rheumatology
1999 -  Mississippi License 
1999 - Certified on Clinical Densitometer

August 1980-May 1984 Nebraska Wesleyan University
Lincoln, NE; B.S. Biology

August 1986-May 1990 University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Omaha, NE; Doctor of Medicine

POSTDOCTORAL:

July 1990-June 1993 Internship and Residency Internal Medicine
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
Aurora, CO

July 1993-June 1995 Rheumatology Fellowship
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
Aurora, CO

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

July 2006-Present Assistant Professor, Section of Rheumatology and
Immunology; Department of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

July 2006-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Internal
Medicine, Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center
Omaha, NE

  • 2008 - Top Teacher Award, Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 2006 - Top Teacher Award, Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • 1999 - Outstanding Teaching Award, Internal Medicine Residency Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center (DDEAMC)
  • 1995 - Hugh Mahon Research Presentation Competition Winner, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
  • 1995 - American College of Rheumatology Senior Fellow Scholar Award Winner
  • 1993 - Hugh Mahon Research Presentation Competition Runner-up, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
  • 1990 - Graduated with Highest Distinction, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE
  • 1989 - Outstanding College Students of America
  • 1989 - Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE
  • 1988 - Scholastic All American
  • 1986 - Outstanding Young Men of America

MILITARY AWARDS

  • National Defense Medal Army Achievement Medal (3)
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal

Professional Organizations

Publications & Presentations

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ARTICLES (view on PubMed):

  • Erickson AE, Enzenauer RJ, Nordstrom DM, Merenich JA: The prevalence of hypothyroidism in gout. Am J Med. 97(3): 231-4, Sep. 1994.
  • Erickson AR, West SG: Usefulness of the American College of Rheumatology recommendations for liver biopsy in methotrexate-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Rheum. 38(8): 1115-1119, 1995.
  • McGovern TW, Erickson AR, Fitzpatrick JE: Sjogren’s syndrome panniculitis with hypergammaglobulinemic purpura. J Cutan Path. 23:170-174, 1996.
  • Erickson AR, Yeun JY, Enzenauer RJ: Chronic calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease arthropathy associated with hypomagnesemia. J Clin Rheumatology 3(1):51-53, 1997.
  • Medellin MV, Erickson AR, Enzenauer RJ: Variability of treatment for gouty arthritis between rheumatologists and primary care physicians. J Clin Rheumatology. 3(1):24-27, 1997.
  • Erickson AR, Bray V, Enzenauer RJ, West SG: Musculoskeletal Complaints in Persian Gulf War Veterans. J Clin Rheumatology. 4(4):181-185, 1998.
  • Erickson AR, Mikuls TR. Switching anti-TNFα agents: what is the evidence? Curr Rheumatol Rep 9: 416-20, 2007.
  • 8. Feely M, Erickson A, O’Dell JR. Therapeutic Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Expert Opin Pharmacother 10: 2095-106, 2009

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

  • Erickson AR. Unconventional Remedies and Folk Medicine. In: Rheumatology Secrets, West SG, Ed. Little Brown series. Chapter 92, 526-530, 1996.
  • Erickson AR. Unconventional Remedies and Folk Medicine. In: Rheumatology Secrets (2nd Ed.). West SG, Ed. Little Brown series. Chapter 95, 647-654, 2002.
  • Erickson AR. Unconventional Remedies and Folk Medicine. In: Rheumatology Secrets (3rd Ed.) West SG, Ed. Little Brown Series. 2007-2008 (In preparation)
  • Erickson AR. Multiple Chapters in Rheumatology Textbook. O’Dell JR, Mikuls TM, Cannella A, Moore J, Theile G, Erickson AR, Ed. In: A Colour Handbook of Rheumatology, 2009-2010 (In preparation)

ABSTRACTS AND PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATIONS:

  • Erickson AR, Enzenauer RJ, Nordstrom DM, Merenich JA: The prevalence of hypothyroidism in gout. Arthritis Rheum. 36(5): R12, 1993.
  • Erickson AR, Enzenauer RJ, Nordstrom DM, Merenich JA: The prevalence of hypothyroidism in gout. Arthritis Rheum. 36(9): S160, 1993.
  • Erickson AR, West SG: Usefulness of the American College of Rheumatology recommendations for liver biopsy in Methotrexate-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Rheum. 37(9): S361, 1994.
  • Erickson AR, Singleton JD: Primary lymphedema mimicking rheumatic disease. Arthritis Rheum. 38(6): R7, 1995.
  • Roane DW, Carpenter MT, Finger DR, Alloway JA, Erickson AR: The use of intramuscular triamcinolone acetonide in pseudogout. Arthritis Rheum. 38(6): R16, 1995.
  • Medellin MD, Erickson AR, Enzenauer RJ: Variability of treatment for gouty arthritis between rheumatologist and primary care physicians. Arthritis Rheum. 38(9): S245, 1995.
  • Erickson AR, Bray V, Enzenauer RJ, West SG: Rheumatic complaints in Persian Gulf War veterans. Arthritis Rheum. 38(9): S402, 1995.
  • Cannella A, Erickson AR, Moore G, Mikuls T, Klassen L, O’Dell J. A rheumatology curriculum that is successful in matriculating future rheumatology fellows. Arthritis Rheum 2008; 58(9);S912.
  • Whiddon AP, Snow MH, Michaud K, Cannella AC, Erickson AR, O’Dell JR, Mikuls TR. Vascular calcifications on routine hand and foot radiographs of rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Rheum 2008; 58(9):S284.
  • Erickson AR, Cannella AC, Moore GF, Mikuls TR, Klassen LW, O’Dell JR. A rheumatology curriculum that is successful in preparing internal medicine residents for the rheumatology portion of the Internal Medicine in-Service Examination and the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Examination. Arthritis Rheum 2009; 60(10, Suppl.):S506.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • The Prevalence of Hypothyroidism in Gout. Presented at the local American College of Physicians Meeting, 1993.
  • The Prevalence of Hypothyroidism in Gout. Presented at the 21st Western Region Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1993.
  • The Prevalence of Hypothyroidism in Gout. Presented at the 57th National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1993.
  • The Prevalence of Hypothyroidism in Gout. Presented at the 75th National Meeting of the American College of Physicians, 1994.
  • Usefulness of the American College of Rheumatology Guidelines in Monitoring Hepatotoxicity in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Treated with Methotrexate. Presented at the 58th National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1994.
  • A Comparison of Conjunctival and Nailfold Capillary Microscopy in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis. Presented at the National Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1995.
  • Primary Lymphedema Mimicking Rheumatic Disease. Presented at the 23rd Western Region Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1995.
  • The Use of Intramuscular Triamcinolone Acetonide in Pseudogout. Presented at the 21st Central Regional Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1995.
  • Variability of Treatment for Gouty Arthritis Between Rheumatologists and Primary Care Physicians. Presented at the 59th National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1995.
  • Rheumatic Complaints in the Persian Gulf War Veterans. Presented at the 59th National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 1995.
  • Primary Lymphedema Mimicking Rheumatic Disease. Presented at the 1996 Meeting of the Army American College of Physicians, 1996.
  • Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome. Presented at the 1997 Meeting of the Army American College of Physicians, 1997.
  • Update on Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Presented at the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Winter Meeting, 2002.
  • A Rheumatology Curriculum that is Successful in Matriculating Future Rheumatology Fellows. Presented at the 2008 National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. 2008.
  • A Rheumatology Curriculum that is Successful in Preparing Internal Medicine Residents for the Rheumatology Portion of the Internal Medicine In-service Examination and the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Examination. Presented at the 2009 National Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, 2009.
  • Annual Presenter at the University of Nebraska Family Medicine Review Course, 2008-2010.

Dr. Alan Erickson

Rheumatologist

Facilities Served

Community Medical Center
St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Joint Pain
  • Lupus
  • Myopathy/Myositis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud’s
  • Phenomenon/Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Vasculitis

Procedures Performed

  • Bone scan
  • Cortisone shots
  • Dual energy CT scan
  • Hip replacement
  • Joint scan
  • Knee replacement
  • MRI
  • Nailfold videocapillaroscopy
  • Synovial (joint) fluid analysis
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections
  • Viscosupplementation
  • X-ray

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