Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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...
November 29, 2017
Dr. Douglas Fraser and Dr. Paul Chestovich (both Medicine) recently were named Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To become fellows, their education, training, qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct had to pass a rigorous evaluation process. Fraser is an assistant professor of surgery and chief, section of trauma surgery, for the UNLV School of Medicine. Chestovich is an assistant professor of surgery and chief of trauma research and outcomes for the school....
October 25, 2017
Dr. Johan Bester (Medicine) presented two topics related to his work in medical ethics at the annual meeting of the American Society of Humanities and Bioethics this month. The first presentation focused on his theoretical work in clinical ethics expertise, titled "Getting to the Heart (and Mind) of Clinical Ethics Expertise". This was presented collaboratively with Dr. Bryan Kibbe of Wellstar Health in Atlanta. The second provided a series of critiques of the use of the harm principle in...
October 20, 2017
Drs. John Varras, Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, Aditi Singh, Ranjit Makar, and Laura Culley (all Medicine) received awards from the Nevada chapter of the American College of Physicians at its October meeting. All work in the School of Medicine's department of internal medicine. Department chair Varras received the Mentorship Award. Program director Wahi-Gururaj received the Woman Physician of the Year Award. The educator award went to Singh, associate program director. Makar, associate program director...
October 19, 2017
Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu (Medicine) recently performed a breakthrough surgical procedure using a new robotic device that required no incision through the skin, significantly shortened recovery time, and lessened the chances of infection. He used the remote-controlled device to remove potentially cancerous lesions from a patient's colon. Typical recovery time using standard methods was two to three weeks. Using the new robotic device, the patient was able to go home the same day. This was only the...
September 29, 2017
Maureen Schafer (Medicine) was interviewed live on the FOX 5 Morning Show this week. She joined anchor Jason Feinberg to talk about Nevada’s doctor shortage and how the School of Medicine is working to attract the best and the brightest to Southern Nevada. In a nearly four-minute-long segment, Schafer explained how the school is pursuing its mission of creating a world-class center of excellence and innovation for medical education, patient care, and research. She also provided an update on...