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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K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
When it comes to driving habits in the state of Nevada, the descriptions are rarely flattering.
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Researchers from UNLV have received a grant to study law enforcement traffic stops around Nevada.
Desert Companion
Doing research, and sharing what she learns, has helped this trauma surgeon process the events of that night
K.N.P.R. News
The October 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip in 2017 brought to Nevada the horror of mass shootings that so many other cities and states had already experienced.

Articles Featuring Deborah Kuhls

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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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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