The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Down Syndrome Program was established to meet the healthcare needs of members of our community with Down syndrome, the most common identifiable cause of intellectual disability. People with intellectual disabilities experience greater obstacles in attaining their full health potential. They receive lower rates of preventative health care services like blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, and diabetes screenings despite being at higher risk for chronic medical conditions.

Our program encompasses a research collaboration with the UNLV Department of Physical Therapy. Education is central to everything we do, from training the next generation of doctors to providing patients and their families with vital health information. Everyone is involved, including our undergraduates at UNLV and medical students at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, in carrying out our mission.

In brief, we offer educational resources and research opportunities, with clinical services starting in the near future.


We promote the health and well-being of people with Down syndrome and their families through evidence-based care, innovative research opportunities, and collaborative educational experiences.


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For any questions or concerns about our program, you can contact us at:

Phone: 702-895-0277
Email: downsyndrome@medicine.unlv.edu

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Services Provided

Care Coordination

People with Down syndrome need to see a variety of specialists throughout their life, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists/dieticians, and dentists, familiar with their unique healthcare needs. This program aims to match those needs with the appropriate healthcare providers to take some of the confusion out of the process.



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Research Opportunities

The Kerkorian School of Medicine Down Syndrome Program collaborates with the Cardiovascular Research and Exercise (CARE) Lab at UNLV. The CARE Lab, headed by Dr. Thessa Hilgenkamp, investigates the cardiovascular health of adults with Down syndrome and how to improve their health through physical activity and targeted exercise.

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