Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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...
August 30, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) published a book chapter, "The Nature of Ethics Expertise in Clinical Ethics and Implications for Training of Clinical Ethics Consultants," in a collection of essays on moral expertise in medicine. The essays in Moral Expertise: New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical Bioethics wrestle with the question of what makes somebody a moral expert. Bester's essay reflects on the nature of ethics expertise in clinical ethics practice, developing a theory and description of the...
August 29, 2018
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Dr. Eric Farbman (Medicine), Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Daniel Orr II (Dental Medicine) accepted invitations to speak during the Inter-professional Health Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease, hosted by Friends of Parkinson’s. Basu led a breakout session focused on dietary antioxidants and nutrition; Farbman provided the welcome and introduction, and moderated a session discussion; Landers moderated two session discussions; and Orr...
August 27, 2018
Dr. David Glenn Weismiller (Medicine) was recognized by Nevada Public Radio and its publication Desert Companion as one of Las Vegas' Best Doctors for 2018. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors is a global benefits provider and medical information services company that connects individuals facing difficult medical treatment decision with the best doctors, selected by impartial peer review in more than 450 specialties of medicine, to review their diagnosis and...
August 7, 2018
Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration), and Ji Won Yoo (Medicine) recently published a paper, "Life-Sustaining Procedures, Palliative Care Consultation, and Do-Not Resuscitate Status in Dying Patients With COPD in US Hospitals: 2010-2014", in the Journal of Palliative Care. This study resulted from collaborations between UNLV and other institutions. The co-authors include Eunjeong Ko from San Diego Statue University, Sun Jun Kim from Soonchunhayng University...
July 12, 2018
Drs. Allison McNickle, Timothy Dickhudt, Jorge Vega, Paul Chestovich and Douglas Fraser (all Medicine) are the authors of "Emergent Chest Wall Reconstruction for an Incarcerated Pulmonary Hernia," which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. All five are trauma surgeons.
July 9, 2018
Dr. Allison McNickle (Medicine) has been honored by the Surgical Critical Care Program Directors Society for her research abstract on "The Impact of Pre-Hospital Tourniquets on Resuscitation in Extremity Arterial Trauma."  She received an honorable mention award for excellence in research. She recently finished her fellowship in acute care surgery at UMC. She has decided to stay and practice in Las Vegas, accepting the position of assistant professor of surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine....