Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

January 22, 2019
Dr. David Glenn Weismiller (Medicine) was a guest speaker at the second annual Emirates Family Medicine Congress held in Dubai earlier this month. Weismiller presented lectures examining issues related to health promotion and prevention in primary care. The annual congress was attended by more than 1,000 registrants. The mission of the congress is to ensure that physicians in the region have access to quality continuing medical education, expertise, and skills for providing comprehensive health...
January 16, 2019
Rachel Kelly and Abebe Muraga  (both Medicine) were selected to present their abstract, "Comparison of Nutritional Content of Prescription vs Nonprescription Prenatal Vitamins" at the upcoming 2019 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in Nashville. The students conducted their study under the supervision of their faculty mentor Dr David Howard, an adjunct faculty member in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. The ACOG meeting...
January 15, 2019
Johan Bester (Medicine) and a group of co-authors from other institutions published a paper about ethical tensions in pediatric heart transplantation. Their paper examines the ethical issues involved in a case study of a child with congenital heart disease, dependent on life-sustaining treatment, who lacks the family and social support to ensure successful transplantation. This paper appeared in Pediatrics, a leading journal in the medical specialty of pediatrics.
January 3, 2019
Kimberly Case-Nichols (Medicine) was published in the November-December issue of the trade publication of the Pacific Coast Association of Physical Plant Administrators. She manages office space for almost 1,000 employees at UNLV Medicine. Her article, “Experiencing a Space Department Start Up” is a way to share what she has learned with other space management professionals. Case-Nichols currently is overseeing a clinic consolidation plan that will reduce lease costs by $700,000 a year. The...
November 27, 2018
Ji Won Yoo (Medicine), and Pearl Kim and Jay Shen (both Health Care Administration) recently published an article along with Yong-Jae Lee (Yonsei University College of Medicine, South Korea) and Sun Jung Kim (Soonchunhayng University, South Korea). The article, "Ten-Year Trends of Palliative Care Utilization Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Patients in the United States from 2005 to 2014," was published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. Shen is the corresponding author. Kim is a...
November 20, 2018
Chad L. Cross (Medicine) recently published the 11th edition of his co-authored textbook, Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences, from John Wiley & Sons, which was released Nov. 13. This best-selling volume is one of the longest-running texts available in introductory biostatistics, and enjoys an international reputation. The textbook is published in the Untied States, but also has two international counterparts (a general international version and a version...
November 20, 2018
Tanviben Patel,  Mark Buttner, Dr. Joram Seggev (Environmental and Occupational Health), Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences), Chad Cross  (Environmental and Occupational Health, and Medicine), and former student David Rivas co-authored an article in The Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment titled "Variation in Airborne Fungal Spore Concentrations Among Five Monitoring Locations in a Desert Urban Environment."
November 14, 2018
Jay Shen (Health Care Administration), Guogen Shan (Health Care Administration), Carolee Dodge-Francis (Environmental and Occupational Health), Pearl C. Kim (Health Care Administration doctoral student), Ji Won Yoo (School of Medicine), and Yong-Jae Lee (Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea) recently published a paper, "Trends and Related Factors of Cannabis-Associated Emergency Department Visits in the United States: 2006–2014", on Journal of Addiction Medicine, the...
November 7, 2018
Kenneth Izuora, Ammar Yousif (both Medicine), Civon Gewelber, and Michael Neubauer (both Dental), along with Gayle Allenback, are the authors of an article appearing in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. This was the result of an investigator-initiated study conducted at the University Medical Center (UMC) that looked at health outcomes associated with dental loss in a cross-section of hospitalized patients with and without diabetes mellitus.
November 1, 2018
Dr. Deborah Kuhls (Medicine-Surgery) was honored by Las Vegas Heals Thursday night for Inspired Excellence in Healthcare. Kuhls not only works long hours treating trauma victims at UMC, she is also a tireless researcher and advocate for injury prevention. Fellow UMC trauma surgeon and UNLV professor Dr. John Fildes spoke about her commitment and expertise. 
October 25, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) was part of a panel discussion on the use of the harm principle in decision-making for children at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting in October. This panel brought together leading scholars in the field of medical decision-making for children to debate the appropriateness of the harm principle as limiting principle for parental authority. Bester presented his critiques of the harm principle movement, and eminent pediatric ethicists Doug...
October 19, 2018
Drs. Shawna R. Kleban and Joshua Goldman (both School of Medicine) were part of the team headed by Kleban that recently received the David C. Leach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for their work on free flap monitoring. This award recognizes residents and fellows who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs, advanced humanism in medicine, and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes. Free flap surgery is the term...