A Welcome from the Department Chair
Welcome to the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. We are committed to excellence in all three missions of academic medicine - patient care, education, and research. Within a very short time, our department has experienced significant growth - and we are entirely committed to maintaining this steep upward trajectory over the coming years.
One of our key goals is to provide state-of-the-art health care to the residents of Southern Nevada. The University Medical Center is a major tertiary care center in the Las Vegas region catering to more than 2.5 million people in the greater metropolitan area and the adjoining counties. UNLV physicians deliver the highest standards of patient care in both General Internal Medicine and various subspecialties, including Gastroenterology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, and other disciplines.
Providing an excellent learning experience to our trainees is one of our top priorities. Our teaching efforts are continuously evaluated and improved. In addition to Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, who has served for many years as the Program Director for our Internal Medicine Residency program, we have several enthusiastic and dedicated Associate Program Directors to formulate and enhance resident training in specific areas in the ever-changing frontiers of Internal Medicine education. Subspecialty fellowships are offered in Gastroenterology, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine alone will also begin in 2019. A carefully structured educational conference series serves as the primary vehicle for didactic teaching for residents. Lectures by invited speakers also enhance the understanding of complex disease processes and their treatment approaches.
Our research efforts are driven by the passion for discovery and the need of innovative therapies for patients. The newly-initiated basic research program will play a major role in this process and serve as a quintessential bridge to bring clinicians and basic scientists together, promoting translation. The major areas of current research include cardiac repair with adult stem cells, protection against heart attacks, and atrial fibrillation. We strive incessantly to promote participation in research by our residents, fellows, and faculty that may result in presentations, publications, and funded clinical trials. The multicenter clinical trials also provide the opportunity for patients to utilize experimental therapies and devices that are otherwise unavailable in the Las Vegas region, or in the state of Nevada.
This is only the beginning. We are constantly developing new plans for the expansion of patient care services, training future leaders in medicine and building innovative research programs. In the coming years, we aspire to elevate our department to unprecedented heights in patients care, education, and research through our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, quality, and professionalism.
Thank you for visiting, and we hope you will join us in our efforts to grow academic medicine in Southern Nevada!