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

February 3, 2021
UNLV released new recommendations to wear two masks on campus, citing guidelines from health officials.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 3, 2021
UNLV released new recommendations to wear two masks on campus, citing guidelines from health officials.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
December 16, 2020
Nevada health officials are months away from distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to local doctor's offices, but medical leaders are prepping healthcare providers months in advance as patients are eager for answers.
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.

Articles Featuring Deborah Kuhls

Campus News | March 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
Campus News | September 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus News | August 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.