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

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
A Las Vegas surgeon said she knows first-hand the impact traffic crashes can cause families. That surgeon is now doing research to prevent crashes and help save lives.
America Dissected Podcast
More pedestrians are dying in auto accidents. Abdul reflects on the public health challenges that cars pose in general. Then he sits down with Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a trauma surgeon who studies pedestrian fatalities to understand why and how to stop it.
Las Vegas Sun
As a trauma surgeon at University Medical Center, Dr. Deborah Kuhls sees the tragic results of traffic crashes in Las Vegas — from life-altering injuries to all too many deaths.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Before Nevada lawmakers decriminalized traffic tickets, law enforcement had the right to arrest a driver for basic speeding violations.

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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U.N.L.V.'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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