Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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...
January 19, 2018
Dr. David Glenn Weismiller (Family and Community Medicine) spoke at the first Emirates Family Medicine Society Scientific Conference held Jan. 11-13 in Dubai. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Emirates Family Medicine Society and Emirates Medical Association. The conference represented a joint collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians to provide a rich platform updating the conference delegates on recent advances in the ever changing field of family medicine. The...
January 16, 2018
Bioethicist Johan Bester’s (Medicine) response to a recent article in The Journal of the American Medical Association was published in the Jan. 8 issue of JAMA Pediatrics. Bester, an assistant professor of family medicine, opined on an article outlining the case of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old British infant being kept alive by life support, whose medical team and a British judge determined that further treatment was not in the child’s best interest.    
January 12, 2018
Kenneth Izuora (School of Medicine), Ammar Yousif (School of Medicine), Gayle Allenback, Civon Gewelber (School of Dental Medicine) and Michael Neubauer (School of Dental Medicine) presented "Dental Loss Among Hospitalized Patients with and without Diabetes" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo held in Atlanta.  This poster presentation included results of an investigator initiated study designed to understand the clinical outcomes associated with dental loss among...
December 20, 2017
Fourteen pediatric residents (Medicine) have been accepted to present research abstracts at the Western Medical Research Conference in Carmel, California, in January.   The research was done in addition to their work at area hospitals and clinics. The  pediatric resident/physicians whose abstracts were accepted for presentation are: Kaushal Dosani, Rupesh Kumar Natarajan, Eun Ji Jan, Melissa Horton, Grant Perry, Bhuvaneshwari Jagadesan, Carolina Kolectic, Danielle Fisher, Vonita Chawla, Dania...
December 8, 2017
Wonda Riner (Medicine) recently was named one of the top tech executives in Las Vegas by Vegas Inc. and Cox Business. Director of information technology for the School of Medicine, Riner was selected as the Top Tech Executive in the Health Care category and was honored during an event at the Smith Center in November. She has been a key player in the school’s development. For example, she and a team of IT professionals transitioned — or physically touched — approximately 700 computers, moving...
December 4, 2017
Michael Briones, Shilpa Daulat, Crystal Dickson, Diana Pena and Cameron Sarabi (all Medicine) took top honors in competition at Nevada Population Health Conference. The first-year medical students impressed a panel of medical and legal professionals with their poster, "A Systematic Approach to Coordinating Medical and Legal Services for Uninsured Patients." They competed against teams from the UNR School of Medicine and UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law. The conference gives medical and...
November 30, 2017
Johan Bester (Medicine) recently has had two articles published in The American Journal of Bioethics, one of the most prominent bioethics journals. The first article, "Children are Not the Property of their Parents: The Need for a Clear Statement of Ethical Obligations and Boundaries," provides comment on current issues in decision-making for children, a topic that is garnering much attention in present-day bioethics. This article makes the point that clinicians' primary fiduciary duty is to...