Accomplishments: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

September 24, 2021
Justin Bauzon, Caleb Murphy and Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj (all Medicine) recently published "Using Macros in Microsoft Excel to Facilitate Cleaning of Research Data" in the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives.  Retrospective chart review studies may be delayed by inability to export clean clinical data from an electronic medical record or data repository. Macros are pre-programmed procedures that can be used in Microsoft Excel to help streamline the process of cleaning...
September 20, 2021
Monica Rose Arebalos, Faun Lee Botor, Edward Simanton, and Jennifer Young (all Medicine) recently published "Required Longitudinal Service-Learning and Its Effects on Medical Students' Attitudes Toward the Underserved" in the Medical Science Educator Journal.  Although medical students enter medicine with altruistic motives and seek to serve indigent populations, studies show that medical students’ attitudes towards the undeserved tend to worsen significantly as they go through their medical...
September 8, 2021
Mingon Kang (Computer Science), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Brendan Morris (Electronic and Computer Engineering), Zhaohuam Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Mira Han (Life Sciences), Kazem Taghva (Computer Science), and Shashi Nambisan (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) were awarded National Science Foundation support totaling $432,269 for three years to acquire and commission a high-performance GPU cluster for multi-disciplinary research and education...
September 3, 2021
Samantha Slinkard-Barnum (University of South Carolina College of Nursing), Laura K. Gryder-Culver, Kavita Batra, Paul J. Chestovich, and Deborah A. Kuhls (all Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine) published the study "Skilled Maneuvering: Evaluation of a Young Driver Advanced Training Program" in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The findings of this study would serve as baseline data to evaluate prospective Advanced Driver Training programs in Nevada and beyond. Dr. Deborah A. Kuhls...
August 30, 2021
Six faculty physicians at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV were named Top Doctors in the August 2021 issue of VEGAS INC's Health Care Quarterly magazine. Singled out for providing excellent care by the publication were: Dr. John Brosious, Plastic Surgery; Dr. David Di John, Infectious Disease; Dr. Mitchell Forman, Rheumatology; Dr. Joshua Goldman, Plastic Surgery; Dr. Eden Lee, Psychiatry; and Dr. Matthew Ng, Otolaryngology. All of the doctors honored were nominated by their peers...
August 25, 2021
Dr. Deborah Kuhls (Medicine) published "Survey of American College of Surgeons Members on Firearm Injury Prevention" in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  This publication represents the largest survey of an American medical organization related to firearm injury prevention to date.  She also co-authored an article "Firearm Storage Practices of U.S. Members of the American College of Surgeons" in the same journal.
August 23, 2021
Dr. John Fildes (Medicine) has been selected by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to receive the 2021 Norman McSwain Leadership Award.  The award is bestowed on individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to trauma care excellence. Fildes will receive the award at the World Trauma Symposium Oct. 5 in Atlanta.  
August 20, 2021
Dr. Jay Fisher (Medicine), director of pediatric clinical education for the department of emergency medicine, co-authored a case report titled "Rapid and severe neurologic deterioration due to influenza associated encephalopathy in a healthy child," which was recently published in the peer-reviewed The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  The case involved a previously well child with two days of mild viral symptoms, who progressed from playful and active to severe neurologic injury over...
August 10, 2021
Dr. Marc J. Kahn, dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and vice president for health affairs worte a front-page editorial for the Aug. 8 edition of the Las Vegas Sun, "Altruism Offers a Path Out of the Pandemic," detailing the need for universal vaccination for COVID-19.
August 6, 2021
Jennifer R. Pharr (Public Health) & Kavita Batra (Medicine) were recently appointed as guest editors for a special issue titled "The Impact of Exercise on the Mental Health and Quality of Life of People" in the journal Healthcare. This special issue aims to publish innovative studies (original investigations and review articles) that explore the relationship between physical activity, exercise, or sports participation and mindfulness interventions on the mental health and quality of life of...
August 4, 2021
Drs. Banveet Kaur Khetarpal and Awad Javaid (both Medicine) recently co-authored an abstract published in Heart Rhythm Journal titled "Noise and Oversensing in Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation." 
July 30, 2021
Dr. Kavita Batra (Medicine) recently published a study titled "Surgical outcomes between temporal, extratemporal epilepsies and hypothalamic hamartoma: Systematic review and meta-analysis of MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy" in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. This study involved researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and resuts indicated that the therapy is effective and safe for drug resistant epilepsy....