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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

photo illustration of man with guitar with medical illustrations around him
People | October 10, 2022

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 | August 5, 2022


vice president kamala harris watches unlv student administer COVID vaccine to another local college student
Campus News | April 14, 2021

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

A sign reads "Silver State Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility"
Campus News | January 21, 2021

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

General Pediatrics In The News

Houston News
October 11, 2022

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
June 6, 2022

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.

June 6, 2022

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

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 2, 2022

Influenza on the rise: Could COVID be the culprit?

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 2, 2022

The nation is experiencing a late spring resurgence of flu, including in Nevada, which is seeing moderate levels of influenza well past the typical season for the winter virus.

El Tiempo
May 13, 2021

On Wednesday, an advisory group from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that the Pfizer vaccine be made available to adolescents. The recommendation followed Monday's decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its emergency use authorization to include this age group.

Recent General Pediatrics Accomplishments

September 15, 2022
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.    
September 1, 2022
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…
April 1, 2021
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…