Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

September 16, 2020
Dr. Neilmegh Varada (Medicine) published his manuscript, “Horner Syndrome Induced by Toxoplasmosis Infection in a Patient with AIDS and Disseminated Herpes Simplex Virus” at American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. This is the first reported case of Horner syndrome resulting from CNS toxoplasmosis. Varada and his co-authors concluded that toxoplasmosis should be considered when investigating Horner syndrome in immunocompromised patients. Varada is a resident in the department of internal...
September 9, 2020
Vegas Inc.'s Healthcare Quarterly recently recognized 12 UNLV School of Medicine faculty physicians as "Top Docs" in its summer issue. Those recognized are:   Dr. Buddha Dawn - Cardiology Dr. Matthew Ng - Ear, Nose, and Throat Dr. Robert Wang - Ear, Nose, and Throat Dr. Kenneth Izuora - Endocrinology Dr. Gordon Ohning - Gastroenterology Dr. Daniel Kirgan - General Surgery Dr. Aditi Singh - Internal Medicine Dr. James Alexander - OB-GYN Dr. Marc J. Kahn - Oncology Dr. Alison Netski - Psychiatry...
September 9, 2020
Dr. Katerina Roma (Medicine) published her manuscript, “Late Stage Diagnosis of Mucinous Adenocarcinoma of the Appendix: Case Report of an Unusual Tumor with a Rare Presentation” in the BMC Gastroenterology. After a thorough literature review, she reported for the first time a case of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix presenting as inguinal pain with inflamed phlegmonous tissue and scrotal abscess. The significance of this paper is that it highlights a unique presentation of late-stage...
September 8, 2020
Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology), Jason Flatt (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Dr. Samuel Parrish (Medicine), served as panelists on a virtual presentation on "Health Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community," earlier this month. The event was presented to diverse students of the School of Medicine and was sponsored by the registered student organization, Qlub Med: LGBTQ+ and Allied Medical Professionals, to promote inclusivity for those identifying as LGBTQ+ at the School of...
September 4, 2020
Dr. John Fildes, Dr. Michael Gardner, and Dr. Deborah Kuhls (all Medicine) have been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as Healthcare Heroes for 2020. The awards are: Fildes in the Lifetime Achievement category Gardner in the Humanitarian category Kuhls in the Physician category They were selected by a panel of judges from the Nevada business and medical communities. The accomplishments of all three are listed in the September issue of the magazine.
September 3, 2020
Dr. Joshua J. Goldman, Dr. Richard Baynosa (both Medicine) and the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery were awarded a $5,000 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund Public Awareness Award to directly support efforts to increase breast reconstruction surgery awareness and education to women and their family members. Nevada is in the second lowest tier in breast reconstruction delivery, and the awardees will be using the grant funds to further bolster patient and physician education...
September 2, 2020
Dr. Nabil Noureddin (Medicine) recently published a manuscript, “Driving NASH Forward Using the FAST Score but Obey the Traffic Lights,” in Hepatology Journal. He is the first author on the paper that commented on a recent study that developed a non-invasive score to identify patients at risk of progressive nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) — a condition that affects around 16.52 million Americans. Noureddin and his co-authors proposed a new approach to address the shortfall in the new score...
September 2, 2020
Dr. Mahendran Jayaraj (Medicine) has been appointed by the American College of Gastroenterology to its International Relations Committee for a three-year term that will end in 2023. 
September 1, 2020
Dr. Marc J Kahn (Medicine) and his colleagues published an article, "When Are Results of Single-arm Studies Dramatic?" in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. Although randomized phase three studies are a gold standard in medicine, this article describes an algorithm for determining when clinical go/no-go decisions can be made using data from single-arm phase two studies.
September 1, 2020
Dr. Joshua J. Goldman (Medicine) has worked with residents in the department of plastic & reconstructive surgery as contributing authors to the StatPearls initiative, providing high quality, PubMed-indexed review articles and board-style questions on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery topics. The residents and their topics are: Dr. Aradhana Mehta - "Bipedicled TRAM Breast Reconstruction" Dr. Scott Ogley - "Pectoralis Implants" Dr. Mitchell Lyons - "Gracilis Tissue Transfer"
August 31, 2020
Dr. Joshua J. Goldman (Medicine) published a successful, complex reconstruction of the upper cervical spine and craniovertebral junction with a free vascularized fibula osseocutaneous flap. The case was the longest of its type with reconstruction to the skull base. This research is being followed with a meta-analysis of similar reconstructions with that manuscript currently in progress. 
August 26, 2020
Johan Bester (Medicine) has published an article in the American Journal of Bioethics. This article reviews the implications of ethical arguments surrounding the practice of intentionally leaving children unvaccinated to chicken pox to benefit older people. The article concludes that it is wrong to withhold what is morally owed children purely to benefit others; decisions about children should always take the interests of the child as the starting point. This leads us to reconsider more...