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UNLV Health General Pediatrics News

Pediatricians examine children regularly to assess their growth, development, and general physical condition. They also refer patients to pediatric medical specialists and provide other medical referrals when necessary with healthcare devoted to the well-being of children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence.

Current General Pediatrics News

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Campus News |

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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People |

This UNLV Health Pediatric Clinic administrator, gospel quartet singer, and colon cancer survivor is an unstoppable force.

Julpohng (“JP”) Vilai, MD smiles while using laptop.
People |


vice president kamala harris watches u.n.l.v. student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

A sign reads "Silver State Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility"
Campus News |

The 36-bed skilled nursing site is expected to add an important dimension to students’ clinical education.

General Pediatrics In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3

Healthcare services are now available to families who need them most. UNLV's School of Medicine has opened two new clinics offering free healthcare services.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español

Clark County School District (CCSD) students and their siblings can access health care at no cost at two new UNLV Health clinics.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Clark County School District students and their siblings can get access to health care at no cost at two new UNLV Health clinics.

Houston News

No one can ever accuse Fredrick “Rick” Smith, administrator of the of the UNLV Health Pediatric Clinic – it handles 26,000 patient visits yearly – of not having enough to do. For almost six years he’s been the person responsible for daily operations of the clinic, which includes planning, directing, and coordinating a 73-member medical team that ranges from Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV faculty physicians and residents to nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and office staff as well as a community health worker, quality care coordinator, and dietitian/nutritionist. He also works medical students and volunteers smoothly into the mix.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

Paula Cheney and her son Joel have faced challenge after challenge. This time, they are having trouble getting the 13-year-old boy the arm braces that he needs. In 2022 alone, Nevada Medicaid denied claims for the arm braces at least three times.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,12 states have reported cases of Monkeypox.

Recent General Pediatrics Accomplishments

Dr. Oriaku Kas-Osoka (Adolescent Medicine) will be honored by HELP of Southern Nevada on Sept. 30, 2022, for the work she does for the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. She is an associate professor of pediatrics.    
Jocy-Anna Chevalier (Public Health), Chad Cross (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Rebecca Scherr (Pediatrics), and Sheniz Moonie (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) published an article on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Obesity in Southern Nevada" in the Journal of Childhood Obesity. In March 2020, schools in Nevada were issued a lockdown…
Dr. Oriaku Kas-Osoka (Medicine) has been selected as a fellow for the WEL Leadership Initiative. The WEL project is an 18-month curriculum focused on women’s wellness through equity and leadership. The WEL Alliance is a collaborative effort whose partners include 10 U.S. medical associations: the American Academy of Family Physicians, American…