Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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...
October 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring...
October 17, 2018
Dr. David Glenn Weismiller (Medicine) was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Award at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians, 2018 Family Medicine Experience, held in New Orleans earlier this month. He was selected for this honor from more than 100 faculty who made presentations at the 2017 annual meeting. His presentations in 2017 focused on health promotion and prevention.  The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is one of the largest medical...
September 27, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) recently had two papers published. His work in bioethics moves the needle forward in the discussion of vaccination. He reframes how we might consider the issue. Bester argues the correct starting point is not what society owes parents, but rather what society owes children. In a separate paper, "The Best Interest Standard and Children: Clarifying a Concept and Responding to its Critics," in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Bester addresses the highly contentious issue of...
September 19, 2018
Drs. Ovunc Bardakcioglu, Joseph P. Thornton, David G. Weismiller, Robert C. Wang, Renu S. Jain, Beverly A. Neyland, Annabel E. Barber, John Fildes, John Ham, and Daniel M. Kirgan (all Medicine) were recently listed in the "Best Doctors" issue of Desert Companion magazine. The list includes Bardakcioglu and Thornton (both colon and rectal surgery), Weismiller (family medicine), Wang (otolaryangology), Jain and Neyland (both pediatrics), Daniel M. Kirgan (surgical oncology), and Barber, Fildes,...
September 11, 2018
Jay Shen, Sungyoun Chun (both Community Health Sciences); Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), Seong-min Park (Criminal Justice), Haneul Choi (Honors), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published an article, “Relationship Between Acute Hepatitis C and the Opioid Epidemic” in the American Journal of Medicine. This paper was a collaboration between UNLV and the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. In response to the opioid epidemic across the country, this article suggests the...
September 6, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) published an article on the use of the harm principle as the ethical decision-making standard in the medical care of children. This article, published in the American Journal of Bioethics, generated substantial debate through a series of commentaries appearing in the same issue, with Bester also being given the opportunity to publish a response to these commentaries. This lively discussion highlighted some new and ongoing issues in the field of pediatric ethics, and sets...