Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

July 5, 2018
Jay Shen (Community Health Sciences), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), and Dr. Ji Yoo (Medicine) received a $250,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for their study “Engaging Asian Communities in Palliative Care in Nevada,” which includes the Asian Community Development Center as a collaborating community partner. The team led by Shen has been funded four times by PCORI since 2015 and remains the only research team in the state to have received financial support...
June 25, 2018
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing) and Dr. Barbara Atkinson (Medicine) accepted two-year appointments to the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity Advisory Committee. In their roles, they will work with fellow committee members to advise the office’s program manager about priorities and opportunities that influence health policy or systems.    
June 13, 2018
Joshua J. Goldman, MD, (Medicine) was accepted into the 2018-19 Doximity Fellows Program. Goldman, UNLV's chief resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, will participate in the authors program while completing an Integrated Craniomaxillofacial and Microsurgery Fellowship in Royal Oak, Michigan, next year.  According to Doximity, "Our Fellows are an elite group of leaders in medical literature and technology from top institutions — and the driving force behind thousands of...
May 25, 2018
Dr. Joshua J. Goldman, chief resident in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has been writing, for the last six months, on the subjects of medical student, resident, and physician wellness. His work has been featured on Doximity and KevinMD. His most recent piece, published on Doximity Op-(m)ed, is an impassioned call to arms in the fight against physician depression, burnout, and suicide and a reminder that #DoctorsArePeople...
May 1, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) was honored by the group Immunize Nevada for his tireless work in ethics of vaccination. Bester, the school's director of bioethics and an assistant professor of family medicine, received a Silver Syringe Award during the organizations 20th annual celebration in April. His thoughtful work on the subject has received attention from numerous national medical publications.  
April 12, 2018
Johan Bester (Medicine) and co-authors published an ethical analysis of a difficult case in a leading pediatrics journal, Pediatrics. The case revolves around a mother requesting that her 11-year-old child be secretly tested for a genetic disorder that runs in their family. The ethical analysis examines whether it is ethically permissible to test the child without her knowledge or assent.
March 22, 2018
John Fildes (Medicine) received a Trauma Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, which took place in San Antonio earlier this month. Dr. Fildes, who is the inaugural chair of the School of Medicine's department of surgery and was at the center of the medical response after the October 1st shooting incident in Las Vegas, was honored for "exceptionally meritorious service as a member of the Regional Committee on Trauma."
March 20, 2018
Mohamed Moneeb Azab (Medicine) under the mentorship of Mahendran Jayaraj (Medicine) had his abstract accepted for presentation at Digestive Disease Week, which is the world's largest gathering of physicians, researchers, and industry in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery. The two physicians co-authored the abstract "Safety of ERCP in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." The abstract looks into the safety of performing ERCP in...
February 20, 2018
Katherine Hertlein (Couples and Family Therapy) has been named a Fulbright Scholar. The program director for the School of Medicine’s couple and family therapy program, Hertlein does research examining the effect of technology on human relationships. Her proposed research as a Fulbright Scholar includes collecting survey data on how people use technology in Austria to initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships. The survey will take place at the University of Salzburg and the surrounding...
February 13, 2018
David Howard (Medicine and Community Health Sciences) in January had two papers published on outcomes following sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence among female military beneficiaries. This was the first study that looked at the issue of outcomes following surgical management of stress urinary incontinence among the very large population of female military beneficiaries. One paper was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and one in the Journal of Women's Health...
February 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of...
February 2, 2018
Dr. Vonita Chawla (Medicine), a third-year pediatric resident, recently won the "Outstanding Poster Presentation Award" at the Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum in Carmel, California. She competed against dozens of resident physicians from across the Western United States. Her presentation was about a newborn baby suffering from a disease of the liver. The child also had a specific gene deletion (1p36) known to cause severe intellectual disabilities. This is the first time...