Accomplishments: UNLV School of Medicine

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...
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 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...