Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

November 30, 2020
Benita Wolff (Medicine) recently completed a one-year term as a visiting equity and inclusion administrative fellow for the Harvard University faculty of arts and sciences, Division of Science and the department of physics.  Wolff was a member of the 2019-20 class of Harvard University's administrative fellowship program. She is the director of diversity and inclusion for UNLV's School of Medicine,
November 30, 2020
Dr. Gordon Ohning (Medicine) led a group of residents and fellows through a project titled “Utility of Inflammatory Markers to Predict Adverse Outcome in Acute Pancreatitis: A Retrospective Study in a Single Academic Center,” which was published at Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. Ohning and his co-authors evaluated the utility of inflammatory markers like lymphocyte to monocyte ratio (LMR) and neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) markers in the early identification of patients with...
November 18, 2020
Alona D. Angosta (Nursing), Andrew Thomas Reyes (Nursing), Chad Cross (Public Health), Komal Sood (Medicine) and Trevor Pollom (Anthropology) recently published an article, Cardiovascular Disease Knowledge, Risk Factors, and Resilience Level among U.S. Veterans with and without Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, in The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.         
November 18, 2020
Drs. Neilmegh Varada, Matthew Warren, and Kush Modi (Internal Medicine) recently presented a case report in the American Thoracic Society virtual meeting 2020. Their case entitled “Unilateral Pulmonary Fibrosis Following Lobectomy” described an unusual presentation of unilateral pulmonary fibrosis as a sequela of lobectomy. The authors concluded that caution should be advised when undergoing the lobectomy due to this uncommon risk of developing further fibrosis to the lung.            
November 13, 2020
Dr. Marc J. Kahn (Medicine) published a paper with his colleagues titled, "The Tulane accelerated physician training program: a novel combination of scholarship and service," in the journal Medical Teacher.  The paper describes a novel program designed to allow talented undergraduates to complete a BS and an MD degree in six years.  The program is unique in also requiring a year of public service with AmeriCORPS VISTA.  Kahn and his colleagues in the UNLV Honors College and the colleges of Fine...
November 12, 2020
Dr. Nabil Noureddin (Medicine) recently presented his research project at the Digestive Disease Week Meeting 2020. The abstract, “Changes in Trends for Liver Transplant in Patients Older than 70 in the United States,” was published in the Gastroenterology Journal. Liver transplant (LT) for individuals aged ≥ 70-years has been historically unfavorable. The landscape of LT has recently changed. Noureddin and his co-authors' aim was to investigate whether there was an increase in waitlisting or...
November 12, 2020
Johan Bester (Medicine) published an article in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry that looks at the justice obligations resting on society and individuals in the light of the COVID pandemic. In the article he argues that society's institutions and members have obligations to take steps to mitigate the impact of the COVID pandemic on the well-being of people. In this regard, everyone has to do their bit to comply with proven preventive strategies that can stop the spread of COVID. The article...
November 3, 2020
Mingon Kang (Computer Science) and Ji Yoo (Medicine) were awarded a pilot grant, "Predicting an Inpatient’s Risk of Benzodiazepine and Opioid Overdose" from The Mountain West Clinical & Translational Research Infrastructure Network program (MW CTR-IN). The interdisciplinary team will develop a deep learning model to predict risk scores of benzodiazepine and opioid overdose using electronic health records. In addition, Kang and Henry Sun (DRI) were awarded an infrastructure grant, "Pattern-...
November 3, 2020
Laura Gryder (Medicine) recently presented traffic safety research at the American Public Health Association 2020 virtual meeting. Her co-authors include Dr. Deborah Kuhs, Samantha Slinkard, Dr. Paul Chestovich, Dr. Allison McNickle, and Dr. Douglas Fraser (all Medicine), as well as Cassandra Trummel from University Medical Center. Presentations included: Injury Outcomes among Nevada Child Trauma Patients Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes: The Impact of Age-appropriate Restraints (podium), and ...
November 3, 2020
Dr. Richard Baynosa (Medicine) has been selected as visiting professor for the Plastic Surgery Foundation. He specializes in breast reconstruction. As a Plastic Surgery Foundation visiting professor, he provides clinical, technical, and educational expertise in training plastic surgery residents.
November 3, 2020
Dr. Nabil Noureddin (Medicine) recently presented his project at the Digital International Liver Congress 2020. The abstract, “The Accuracy of the FAST Score in Predicting Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) with Significant Fibrosis,” was published in the Journal of Hepatology. NASH is estimated to increase from 16.52 million to 27.00 million in the U.S. alone. Recent data showed that the FAST score is highly accurate in predicting NASH patients who have NAFLD activity score of ≥ 4 and...
October 29, 2020
Drs. Nathan E. Kirsch, Matthew Warren, and Rajany Dy (all Medicine) recently presented their project at the American College of Chest Physicians meeting. The abstract, “The Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) as a Predictor of Unanticipated ICU Admission at the time of Rapid Response” was published in CHEST Journal. The study's aim was to determine a MEWS threshold that obviates the need for medical intensive care unit (MICU) admission and to determine any relationship between MEWS, mortality,...