Accomplishments: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

May 4, 2021
Drs. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, Aditi Singh (both Medicine) and Chad Cross (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with Drs. Bhavana Bhaya, Dimal Patel, Justin Jeffries, and Edward Co, all former chief internal medicine residents (Medicine), presented their research poster at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Online 2021 meeting in April.  The poster, "Demystifying Chief Resident Salary: An Exploratory Study," surveyed a convenience sample of chief residents nationally to summarize...
April 26, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences); Kenneth Izuora (Medicine); Jefferson Kinney, Arnold Salazar (both Brain Health); and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) published a randomized double-blind controlled trial in Nutrients on the effects of strawberry antioxidant supplementation in adults with the metabolic syndrome. The results revealed improvements in diabetes risks with intake of two-and-a-half servings of strawberries daily, which conforms to the USDA guidelines for fruit consumption...
April 22, 2021
Drs. Allen Young, Jo‐Lawrence Bigcas, Albert Yang, Nathaniel Reeve, Yuna Kim, and Robert C. Wang (Medicine) had their work published on the cover of Journal of The Sciences and Specialties of The Head and Neck. They found that patients often experience pain and risk of bleeding after transoral robotic surgery (TORS) radical tonsillectomy. The authors presented a novel surgical technique utilizing robotically assisted submandibular gland transposition to reconstruct the radical tonsillar defect...
April 22, 2021
Dr. Jordana Haber (Medicine) has been recognized by the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) as the recipient of the 2021 AWAEM Catalyst Award. This national award honors a female faculty member who has made outstanding contributions through clinical work, teaching, mentorship, role modeling, or administration with great local or regional impact. Haber has distinguished herself as a leading advocate for women and marginalized groups, both in medical leadership and in patient...
April 21, 2021
Erin Breen (Transportation Research Center) and Laura Gryder (Medicine) were interviewed by NextCity.org about their involvement in the creation, implementation, and assessment of Ped SAFE, a Southern Nevada pedestrian safety educational class offered by the Vulnerable Road Users Project to individuals cited for pedestrian law violations in lieu of payment.
April 15, 2021
Monica Arebalos (Medicine), who is an MD candidate, was asked an unexpected number of questions about her recently published paper on sex trafficking red flags, "Sex Trafficking Red Flags: Confirming Presentation Patterns and Childhood Adversity Risk Factors," during her match interviews with emergency room departments around the country. The ER doctors were excited to learn more about injury and risk patterns for youth victims and were obviously impressed with her answers, as she matched with...
April 14, 2021
Dr. Buddha Dawn (Medicine) recently published an article,  “Vitamin D3 Induces Mesenchymal-to-Endothelial Transition and Promotes a Proangiogenic Niche through IGF-1 Signaling,” in iScience, a Cell Press journal. The results show that vitamin D3, a natural compound, can promote blood vessel formation by inducing an endothelial phenotype in mesenchymal stem cells, which also form a niche conducive to blood vessel growth.  
April 13, 2021
Dr. Joshua J. Goldman (Medicine) was honored by Las Vegas Weekly as one of the city's 2021 "40 Under 40," among CEO's and entrepreneurs, for his work as a plastic & reconstructive microsurgeon. He was one of only two honorees in the health care industry, and the only physician.  From Las Vegas Weekly: "With a record-breaking number of nominations, this year also brought new faces and industries to the forefront—those who have withstood the perils of the pandemic and stand strong to ensure ...
April 12, 2021
Drs. Ji Won Yoo and David Byun (Medicine), Jay Shen (Public Health), Dr. Georgia Dounis (Dental), and Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), along with Dr. Se Won Lee of Mountain View Hospital and past visiting scholars Sung-Youn Chun, Hee-Taik Kang, Jinwook Hwang, Young-Jae Lee, and Dong-Hun Han published a paper "Regional Variation in States' Naloxone Accessibility Laws in Association with Opioid Overdose Death Rates - Observational Study (STROBE compliant)" in the journal Medicine (Baltimore)....
April 9, 2021
Neeraj Bhandari, Soumya Upadhyay, Christopher Cochran (all Healthcare Administration, and Policy), and Dr. Kavita Batra (Medicine) published an article, "Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Labor Market in the United States: Lower Paid Workers Experienced Higher Vulnerability and Slower Recovery" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This study assessed early COVID-19 effects on the dynamics of decline and recovery in health care labor markets in the United...
April 7, 2021
Drs. Awad Javaid, Banveet Kaur Khetarpal, Kalaimani Elango, and Chowdhury Ahsan (all Medicine) recently co-authored a manuscript, "The Effects of Warfarin and Direct Oral Anticoagulants on Systemic Vascular Calcification: A Review" in Cells. The authors reviewed recent evidence regarding the effects of warfarin compared to direct oral anticoagulants on vascular calcification, and detailed the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved.
April 6, 2021
Dr. Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) along with, Drs. Sung-Hwa Sohn, Yeon-Hwa Kim and Too Jae Min, who all are from Korea University, published "The Effect of Ulinastatin to the Learning and Memory in Zebrafish" in the journal Neuromolecular Medicine. This study investigated whether Ulinastatin could improve learning and memory by using the zebrafish behavior model and bio-markers.