Department of Internal Medicine

Training in all settings, serving for all needs.

Department Overview

We welcome you to learn more about the most established internal medicine training program in Las Vegas, Nevada. The former University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Las Vegas Internal Medicine Residency Program started in 1979. The training program is highly successful in developing proficient physicians who embrace their role and the duty to put their patients first. The medium size of our program fosters a supportive learning environment with frequent direct interaction with faculty. Collegiality amongst the residents and with the faculty is one of our major strengths. To learn more about the culture of our program, please view our mission statement.

We were accredited for 10 years by the ACGME at our most recent site visit.

Las Vegas is truly a fabulous city with more depth than one imagines based on first impressions. In addition to a robust dining and an entertainment capital, residents are able to enjoy the great outdoors in a growing medical environment. Read more about living in Las Vegas.

Mission Statement

Training in all settings, serving for all needs.

  • Diverse patient population
  • Care of the underserved
  • High value patient care
  • Preparation for any environment — practice of general internal medicine or subspecialty training
  • A culture that trains physicians while promoting the health and well being of the patient and provider
  • Collaboration and camaraderie as keys to success
  • Emotionally competent physicians
  • Coaching for growth

Current Full-Time Faculty Divisions

Current full-time faculty divisions include Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Neurology. We partner with physicians at the VA and throughout our community to round out the educational experiences. The residency leadership team is comprised of the program director, Aditi Singh, M.D. FACP, associate program directors, Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, M.D., MPH and John Varras, M.D., FACP, residency coordinators, and four chief residents.

Faculty

UNLV Faculty

What Our Residents Are Saying

“UNLV Internal Medicine residency program is a robust program with a strong emphasis on education and teaching. The ease with which I adjusted to a competitive fellowship says a lot about the residency. I have had incredible exposure to a diverse pathology including bread and butter and rare cases. The hospital gets a lot of referrals from the surrounding states, so we take care of a lot of intellectually complex cases. The attendings at UNLV are really invested in your future and always support you in whatever path you can take. However, the biggest attribute of our program is the camaraderie between residents, attendings, and support staff. It’s like a big family. Lastly, Las Vegas is a great city to live in. The access to great restaurants to the best hiking trails within minutes is something that only a few cities can offer.”

Banreet Dhindsa, M.D.
Class of 2020, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

"My time at UNLV has been some of the most formative years of my life. There is no substitute for experiencing residency in an environment that is endlessly supportive and diverse. Any initiative I felt passionate about was taken seriously and often implemented with the chance for leadership roles. I have come through my medical training as a more confident and capable medical professional."

Justin Jeffries, M.D.
Class of 2019, Chief Resident 2019-2020, Pulmonary/Critical Care

"The training I received at UNLV’s internal medicine residency program provided me with the foundation I needed to excel as a Rheumatology Fellow. Residents at UNLV have the opportunity to take care of highly complex patients with advanced diseases and diverse backgrounds, assuring that they will be prepared for even the most difficult cases when they are in independent practice. The faculty are committed to the success of their residents, providing the perfect balance of autonomy and support. Resident wellness is prioritized and the size of the program allows for a collegial learning environment, as well as work-life balance. As a residency program, I believe that UNLV provides the clinical exposure, teaching, and mentorship that one needs to become an excellent internal medicine physician and embark on the next step of their medical career."

Nitasha Khullar, M.D.
Class of 2019, Rheumatology, University of Alabama

"I enjoyed the three years that I spent in UNLV internal medicine residency immensely. Because you work at Clark County’s safety net hospital, you see a lot of pathology and interesting cases. The hospital environment is supportive of residents and conducive to learning. The attending physicians who work with residents clearly have a passion for teaching. I met wonderful co-residents who became my friends. Residency can be some of the most challenging years of your life, but working in an environment that is open, stresses well-being, and provides a myriad of opportunities for learning makes these years enjoyable. Residents graduate this program feeling prepared to enter the field of internal medicine in whatever way they choose – either as a hospitalist, an outpatient primary care physician, or entering a fellowship."

Lauren Maxham, M.D.
Class of 2014, Chief Resident 2014-2015, Primary Care

"I think the greatest strengths of our program when I did residency was – 1. Being a medium-sized program where everyone knew everyone and the work environment was very friendly. 2. Residents had a strong sub-specialty exposure. 3. Program leadership was very supportive and helped with career advancement. 4. Excellent rapport with co-residents both at work and outside."

Srinath Sundararajan, M.D.
Class of 2012, Hematology/Oncology, University of Arizona