Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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
Dr. Michael Daubs, Dr. Tyler Kent, and Adnan Mohsin (all Medicine) recently had the opportunity to show off some of UNLV's leading-edge technology.  Daubs, chair of the orthopedic surgery department, and second-year resident Kent demonstrated a virtual surgery device that allows students to perform arthroscopic surgery on knees, shoulders, and hips. As students manipulate the surgical instruments with their hands, they feel pressure when they hit tendons, cartilage, or bone. Their precise...
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...
September 25, 2017
Johan Bester (Medicine) recently published an article, "Dismissal of Child-Patiens for Nonvaccination Should Not Be Policy." This article considers moral arguments to evaluate the ethics of a policy of dismissing a pediatric patient when parents refuse vaccination. It is important to consider the ethics of such a policy, as research shows an increased interest among physicians to respond to vaccine refusal by dismissing of patients. This article shows that such a policy is not ethically...
September 19, 2017
Jay Shen (Department of Healthcare Administration and Policy/School of Community Health Science), Catherine Dingley (Nursing), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Ji Yoo (School of Medicine) have been awarded a grant for the Tier III project of the Engaging Patients with Life-Limiting Illnesses on Receiving Palliative Care, funded by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute. The project period is from August 2017 to July 2018. The community Co-Lead of the project is Nanette...
September 5, 2017
Johan Bester (Medicine) is the author of "Measles Vaccination is Best for Children: The Argument for Relying on Herd Immunity Fails," a peer-reviewed article published in The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. The article examines an argument which is sometimes used to forego vaccination for individual children, and instead argues that all children should be vaccinated as a matter of their best interest.
August 10, 2017
Dr. David Howard (Medical) has had a timely essay,  "Where Do I Fit?" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the second-highest ranked journal of obstetrics and gynecology in the United States. The essay chronicles his non-traditional journey through the profession of obstetrics and gynecology.
August 8, 2017
Michael Curtis, Brittney Farrow, and Melissa Yzaguirre (all Marriage and Family Therapy) all have been admitted to the 2017-18 Minority Fellowship Program of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The program is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and increasing the number of culturally competent marriage and family therapists. Additionally, Curtis was awarded the diversity...
May 2, 2017
Dr. Laura Culley (School of Medicine) received the Public Service Award from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) for her excellent collaborative work, bringing together and facilitating diverse, social, and health service agencies and organizations throughout the valley. One recent example of her dedication cited by SNHD is the Mobile Health Collaborative that provided care to nearly 800 families (with follow-up services) and immunized 150 individuals disadvantaged or living in or close...
May 2, 2017
Drs. Ellen Cosgrove and Miriam Bar-on (both School of Medicine) recently were published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Their article, "The Path to Success in Medicine: The Importance of Meaningful Patient Care Experiences in Medical School," appeared in February.