Deborah Kuhls

Professor, UNLV School of Medicine
Director, UNLV Medicine Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program
Chief, Section of Critical Care in the UNLV Medicine 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, UNLV Medicine’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

Nevada Business
September 1, 2020
Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group. For nearly 50 years, it has provided experienced, compassionate, innovative and high-quality care to patients throughout southern Nevada.
Trauma System News
August 28, 2020
Trauma researchers have extensive data on fatal gun injuries in the United States. But much less is known about firearm injuries that do not result in death. A new prospective multi-center study led by the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) aims to fill that gap.
August 17, 2020
As the heat seems to be relentless in Southern Nevada, those who exercise or work outside are really feeling it.
Las Vegas Review Journal
August 4, 2020
A UNLV School of Medicine professor is helping lead a team in a new study of firearm injuries.

Articles Featuring Deborah Kuhls

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
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ResearchNovember 27, 2019
Expanding research activity results in multiple grants and publications.
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PeopleMay 1, 2019
Medical student Ginger Christian brings casualty training program to her classmates and the community.