Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

August 19, 2020
Dr. Awad Javaid (Medicine) recently presented his quality improvement project, “Heart Failure Quality Improvement at the Las Vegas VA” at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Conference. His abstract was published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Javaid analyzed factors contributing to heart failure readmissions at the Las Vegas VA and implemented changes to help reduce the 30-day readmission rate.
August 19, 2020
Dr. Jordana Haber (Medicine) published a case report, "Rare External Jugular Vein Pseudoaneurysm," in Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine. She also published a peer-reviewed manuscript, "Top 10 Evidence-based Countermeasures for Night Shift Workers," in Emergency Medicine Journal, addressing recommendations to increase sleep, maximize performance, decrease fatigue on shift, and improve quality of life outside the workplace. 
August 18, 2020
Dr. Caleb Murphy (Medicine) published a manuscript, “The Leadership Baseline: Assessing Servant Leadership and Leadership Self-Efficacy in First-year Health Professions Students” in the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. This study evaluated leadership attitudes among health professions students, an important gap in the interprofessional education literature. He is a third-year internal medicine resident.    
August 11, 2020
Dr. Ross P. Berkeley (Medicine) published a manuscript, "Duty To Warn In The Emergency Department: Three Medical Legal Cases That Illustrate Provider’s Broad Risk and Liability" in the August issue of Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine. The manuscript delves into medical-legal cases that define a physician’s duty to warn, and include caveats on medical practice within the scope of the law.  
August 11, 2020
Jay Shen, Pearl Kim (Health Care Administration), and Ji Yoo (Medicine), along with Sung-Youn Chun and Jinwook Hwang, former international visiting scholars at the School of Public Health, and others recently published an article, "U.S. Trends of Opioid-use Disorders and Assoicated Factors among Hospitalized Patients with Spinal Conditions and Treatment from 2005 to 2014," in Spine. The study obsered an increase in opioid-use disorders among hospitalized patients with spinal conditions and...
August 7, 2020
Dr. Marc J. Kahn (Medicine) wrote an editorial that appeared on the front page of the Las Vegas Sun advocating for the growth of the academic health center at UNLV as necessary for providing quality care for the community.
August 6, 2020
Dr. Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj (Medicine) was interviewed on ways physicians should maintain their well-being in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic because of her role as the American College of Physician's Nevada Chapter Well-being Champion. Internal medicine residents Dr. Caleb Murphy, a current third-year resident, and Dr. Banreet Dhindsa, who graduated from the internal medicine residency program at the UNLV School of Medicine this year, also contributed tips.
August 4, 2020
Dr. Caleb Murphy (Medicine) recently published a manuscript titled “Choosing Daily Labs Wisely in the Hospital: A Novel Tool for Assessing Laboratory Testing Appropriateness” in Quality Management in Health Care Journal. He described an original framework for assessing the appropriateness of common inpatient laboratory tests at the point of care.
July 31, 2020
Pearl Kim, Chris Cochran, Jay Shen (all Healthcare Administration), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Seong-Min Park (Criminal Justice), and former international visiting scholars Sungyoun Chun and Yong-Jae Lee published a paper, "Trends and Associated Factors of Use of Opioid, Heroin, and Cannabis among Patients for Emergency Department Visits in Nevada: 2009–2017" on Medicine. They found a steady increase in trends of opioid, heroin, and cannabis-associated emergency department visits in recent years in...
July 27, 2020
Dr. Nabil Noureddin (Medicine) published his research paper, “MR Elastography-Based Liver Fibrosis Correlates with Liver Events in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Patients: A Multi-Center Study” in the Liver International Journal. Noureddin collaborated with a team in a multi‐center retrospective study to assess the relationship between magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and clinical liver events in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients (NAFLD). The significance of this study is that it found...
July 24, 2020
Dr. Lily T. Garcia (Dental) and Angela Amar (Nursing) accepted an invitation by Las Vegas City Councilman Brian Knudsen to appear on the city’s Access City Council program and share their thoughts about Southern Nevadans returning to their health care providers. They also discussed the multiple steps medical offices take to ensure safety during the pandemic, as well as the importance of resuming regular check-ups. The interview was televised earlier this month.
July 22, 2020
Dr. Marc J. Kahn (Medicine) recently published an editorial in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "In Protecting Against COVID-19, It's Best to Take Our Mother's Advice," advocating for the use of masks or face coverings to decrease the impact of the epidemic.