Department of Surgery

It is our mission to continue a path of excellence in clinical practice, education and research.

Welcome from the Department Chair

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the Department of Surgery at UNLV School of Medicine. It is the mission of the Department to continue a path of excellence in clinical practice, education and research. As Chairman, I am proud of our Faculty, which serves as the backbone of the Department. With over 60 full-time and clinical faculty spanning 10 divisions, our surgeons provide a variety of clinical services to the Las Vegas community, which in turn generates a wealth of clinical experience across specialties for the education of our residents, fellows and students. The atmosphere at UNLV School of Medicine is one of excitement as the Department continues to grow and expand its training, educational, clinical and research programs.

Sincerely,

John Fildes M.D.
Foundation Professor and Chair of Surgery

Department Overview

The Department of Surgery offers ten first-year positions as a surgical house officer through the National Residency Matching Program. Three of the first-year positions are categorical general surgery positions, two are Air Force categorical general surgery positions, three are one-year preliminary positions, one position is a categorical integrated plastic surgery position matched through the integrated Plastic Surgery Program. The postgraduate surgical curriculum meets and exceeds the guidelines and requirements recommended by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

Residency Programs

The Department of Surgery offers two residency programs: General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Each program is designed to advance the training of physicians in order to provide the highest quality of care and compassion in surgery procedures in Nevada. Residents practice for five or six years at University Medical Center and can complete rotations at four other Las Vegas hospitals.

Surgery Resident Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education Resident Handbook.

Faculty

UNLV Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Charles Chestnut III, DO, Major, USAF, MC
    • Associate Program Director - Nellis Air Force Base
  • Jason Compton, DO, Major, USAF, MC
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Brandon Snook, MD, FACS, Colonel, USAF, MC
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
    • Trauma and critical care surgery
  • Rachael Nemcic, MD, Major, USAF, MC
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Geoffrey Douglas, MD
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • J. Dylan Curry, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Kevin S. Dunn, MD
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery - VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
  • Craig L. Iwamoto, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Cassandra Joffs, MD
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery - VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
  • Elijah M. Johnson, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Terry R. Lewis, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
    • Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
    • Burn Surgery
  • Julian E. Losanoff, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery - VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
  • James V. Lovett, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Jaclyn Munn, MD
    • Associate Program Director - VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
  • Nathan I. Ozobia, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
    • Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
    • Burn Surgery
  • Luis G. Panuncialman, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery - VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System
  • Wydell L. Williams, MD, FACS
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
    • Surgical Oncology
  • Jamie Rand, MD
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery
  • Stephanie Streit, MD
    • Clinical adjunct faculty of general surgery

Surgery Graduates - Where Did They Go?

2015-2016

  • Bracken Armstrong, M.D. — Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Fikre Mengistu, M.D. — Private Practice in Las Vegas, NV
  • Mariangela Rivera, M.D. — Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY
  • Ashley Steinberg, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Houston Methodist, Houston, TX
  • Zachary Van Wagoner, M.D. — Private Practice in Provo, UT

2014-2015

  • Maris Jones, M.D. — Surgical Oncology Fellowship at John Wayne Cancer Institute
  • Jaclyn Munn, M.D. — Attending at Veterans Administration, Las Vegas
  • Ashley Pistorio, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Residency at the University of Kansas
  • Cory Richardson, M.D. — GI & MIS Fellowship at Minnesota Institute for MIS

2013-2014

  • Ryan Jones, M.D. — Active Duty United States Air Force at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  • Heidi Ryan, M.D. — MIS Fellowship at the University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Patricia Souchon, M.D. — Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Matthew Swenson, M.D. — Active Duty United States Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

2012-2013

  • Kevin Grimes, M.D. — Advanced GI Surgery Fellowship at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis
  • Chantal Reyna, M.D. — Breast Oncology Fellowship at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Michael Russo, M.D. — MIS Fellowship at Stanford University
  • Edward Samourjian, M.D. — Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Utah

2011-2012

  • Laura Boomer, M.D. — Pediatric Surgery Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital (Ohio State)
  • Parker Fillmore, M.D. — Burn Fellowship at Johns Hopkins
  • Muhammad Ikram, M.D. — Transplant Surgery in Tampa, FL
  • Annie Pratt, M.D. — Private Practice in Las Vegas, NV

2010-2011

  • Michael Benassi, M.D. — Private Practice in Las Vegas, NV
  • Chris Hollingsworth, M.D. — Private Practice in California
  • Matthew Johnson, M.D. — Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at the University of Nevada School of Medicine

2009-2010

  • Ben Cousins, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Miami
  • Wright Jones, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Emory University
  • Randy St. Hill, M.D. — Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Louisville

2008-2009

  • Allison Davis, M.D. — Private Practice at Indian Health Services
  • Orna Fisher, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Elijah Johnson, M.D. — Private Practice in Las Vegas, NV

2007-2008

  • Rocky Balch, M.D. — Private Practice in Phoenix, AZ
  • Roger Hsuing, M.D. — Colorectal Fellowship at the University of Texas, Houston
  • Patrick Murphy, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship at UC-Irvine

2006-2007

  • Jennifer Baynosa, M.D. — Breast Fellowship at Stanford
  • Trina Steljes, M.D. — Hepatobiliary Fellowship at the University of Southern California
  • Shawn Tsuda, M.D. — MIS at Harvard

2005-2006

  • Leslie Browder, M.D. — Colorectal Fellowship at the University of Southern California
  • Michael Casey, M.D. — Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Raffi Hovesepian, M.D. — Plastic Surgery Fellowship at UC-Irvine

Training Sites

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC)

UMC is a 564 bed, state-designated Level I Trauma Center for Nevada and the only free standing trauma center west of the Mississippi. UMC also houses the Children’s Hospital of Nevada and the state's only burn care facility, the Lions Burn Care Center. Residents rotate at UMC for General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Burn Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Plastic Surgery.

Children’s Hospital of Nevada

Housed within UMC, this is the only hospital in Nevada to offer Pediatric Burn Care and Organ Transplant Services, the only accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center in the state of Nevada, and the only designated Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Nevada. Residents rotate through this hospital while on the Pediatric Surgery Service, Trauma Surgery Service, and Surgical Critical Care Service.

Las Vegas Veterans Administration Medical Center

The $600 million, 1.3 million-square-foot complex opened in August 2012 as the first VA hospital in Southern Nevada and the first VA hospital to be built in the United States since the end of the Gulf War. Residents rotate at the VA during their first, second, and fourth years gaining experience in a variety of general surgery procedures.

Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center

The Mike O'Callaghan Federal Medical Center (MOFMC), an Air Force hospital, is located on Nellis Air Force Base and is run by the 99th Medical Group (MDG). The 99th Medical Group is comprised of approximately 1400 personnel who are dedicated to providing preventive, emergency and acute care services for approximately 22,000 active-duty members and their dependents. Residents spend two months during their third year rotating with attending Air Force general, trauma/critical care, colorectal, and vascular surgeons.

Sunrise Children's Hospital

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Residents spend two months during their fourth year on the pediatric surgery service, with a significant amount of time spent at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.