Deborah Kuhls

Professor, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Director, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
Chief, Section of Critical Care in the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Division of Acute Care Surgery
Expertise: Trauma, Critical Care, Surgery


Dr. Deborah Kuhls is a professor of surgery and trauma surgeon, who is board-certified in general surgery and critical care. She is also the medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

Kuhls’ research interests include injury prevention of all types, including vehicular crash, firearm, and other violence-related injuries, as well as disaster management, medical education, and the clinical care and outcomes of injured patients.

Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV's representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.


  • M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Residency in General Surgery, Albert Einstein University
  • Fellowship in Critical Care and Trauma, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland
  • Fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Drexel University

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Deborah Kuhls In The News

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Scientific researchers at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking at traffic related injuries and fatalities - to help shape safety recommendations and give insight into risky driving behaviors among Nevadans.
Telemundo Las Vegas
A study at UNLV seeks to prevent the increase in fatalities on the roads.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Speeding, distracted driving, and running red lights are trends a new UNLV study has linked to thousands of car crashes in Nevada that have taken thousands of lives.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
A team of researchers at UNLV's medical school is working with a decade's worth of data to determine causes and possible solutions to the deadly roads across Nevada.

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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Campus News | April 1, 2022

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