Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV News

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is becoming a world-class center for medical education, patient care, and research. We aim to prepare Nevada's doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while also forming community partnerships to serve the healthcare needs of our diverse and urban population.

Current Medicine News

a puddle, reflecting trees rising from the ground above it, ripples as a water droplet hits its surface
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UNLV study uses wastewater surveillance model to detect, manage emerging viruses and offer clues on public health challenges of vulnerable populations.

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Dedicated to helping underserved communities in Nevada, UNLV Health is leading transformative health care while educating and training Nevada’s future health care practitioners.

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Faculty respond to the mental health crisis with multiple programs focused on addressing the shortages and challenges in Nevada on April 5.

Michael Patros, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Class of 2024 President, after finding out where he matched for residency training during Match Day.
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The medical school celebrated the class of 2024 matches and welcomed 87 residents to their graduate medical education programs.

Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu (left), associate professor and chief of colorectal surgery, and class of 2025 medical student Jessica Fields during a robotic surgery simulation training.
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The development of a UNLV Academic Health Center will provide high-value quality care for the community, a source of economic diversity for our economy, and cutting-edge research.

Dr. Mitchell Forman
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Dr. Mitchell Forman, who will lead the new fellowship, shares how the program will help attract, train, and retain more physicians to the state.

Medicine In The News


Making health care more accessible for our under-served communities is the goal of a collaboration between the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.

Nevada Business

A portion of the spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures event will support the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV to help expand resources for IBD patients in Southern Nevada.

Las Vegas Review Journal

It doesn’t appear on the calendar. There are no shopping days devoted to it. No one even remotely looks forward to its arrival. But for those afflicted by its wrath, allergy season is as real as any other time of year, bringing with it sneezes, runny noses and fatigue instead of glad tidings and good feelings.

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The next generation of life-saving physicians is one step closer to starting their journey. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated Match Day on Friday. Soon-to-be graduates awaited to find out where they will spend the next 3-7 years performing residencies in their specialties.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV medical students learned where they will take the next step in their journey to become doctors. Medical schools across the country, including UNLV’s Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, held their Match Day on Friday for the class of 2024. Medical students learned where they will go for their residency training for the next 3-7 years.


The Superbug, known for its resistance to anti-fungal medications has been found in elevated levels in our city's wastewater. Back in January, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported the highest number of cases we have seen in Southern Nevada. We talked to the doctor who is leading waste water monitoring here in the valley to find out more about this alarming trend, along with patients hearing about the risks. 

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Recent Medicine Accomplishments

Dr. Kenneth Izuora (Medicine) presented findings from the UNLV Health Immunization Workflow Assessment project to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies during its Quality Improvement and Data Leads meeting held on March 26, 2024. UNLV Health is one of the health systems selected from across the country to participate in this Quality…
Kian Habashi (Medicine) presented a poster, "The Need for Teaching Skills Training During Pre-Clerkship Years of Medical School," at the 26th Annual Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum at UNLV. The study by Habashi, in collaboration with Kencie Ely and Rosalie Kalili (both Medicine), aimed to integrate teaching competencies into the…
Shirley Wong (Medicine) presented a poster, "A Lateral Corticectomy Approach for Resection of an Intramandibular Schwannoma: A Case Report," at the 26th Annual Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum at UNLV. Schwannomas are benign tumors that develop from Schwann cells, usually appearing as solitary lesions or within neurofibromatosis…
Madelyn Colbert (Medicine) secured first place at the 26th Annual Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum at UNLV with her poster, "The Effectiveness of Using Motor Imagery Training as an Alternative to Exercise for the Improvement of Mental Health: A Qualitative Investigation." Exercise serves as a common non-pharmacological method to…
Nicolas Staffa (Medicine) won second place at the 26th Annual Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum at UNLV for a poster, "Determining Effectiveness of Anki Usage in Preparation for Success on USMLE Step 2." Medical school demands effective study strategies beyond routine coursework to ensure success in USMLE Steps 1 and 2,…
Dr. Syed Saquib (Medicine), associate professor of surgery and burn director for UMC Lion's Burn Care Center, was recently named Fellow of the American Burn Association during the organization's national conference in Chicago, Illinois. The American Burn Association is dedicated to supporting burn-related care, research, and education.