Deborah Kuhls

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

April 7, 2022
For the past 21 years, Dr. Deborah Kuhls has worked as a trauma and critical care surgeon at University Medical Center the only level-one adult trauma center and pediatric trauma center in Nevada.
April 1, 2022
It seems almost every day we see some sort of a deadly crash in Las Vegas.
March 30, 2022
Traffic fatalities are on the rise in Nevada. More collisions stem from impairment on the road than in previous years, according to researchers.
November 12, 2021
Driving is simultaneously mundane and dangerous.

Articles Featuring Deborah Kuhls

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.