Celebrating the School of Medicine's First Investiture Ceremony

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV bestowed the endowed chair honor upon not one, but two, faculty members last week in its first investiture ceremony.

Dr. David N. Jackson, professor and chair, Department of Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics, was conferred as the Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics. Jackson is an award-winning professor and researcher, recognized as a leader in three-dimensional fetal imaging, fetal neurosonography, and palliative care for lethal fetal syndromes. His commitment to serving Nevada’s diverse and multicultural population and passion for caring for underserved and indigent populations made him the obvious choice for this distinguished honor.

Dr. Erik N. Kubiak, professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, was conferred as the Optum, and Dr. Tony and Renee Marlon endowed chair in the Department of Orthopaedics. Kubiak has extensive experience in orthopaedic trauma, and as an adult reconstructive surgeon has acted as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous clinical and research studies. An expert in his field, he has been invited to lecture internationally, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in the area of orthopaedic injury and rehabilitation, and was the ideal candidate for this prestigious honor.

The ceremony to honor these distinguished physicians was held on May 15, 2024, in the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building with family, friends, and colleagues in attendance. Remarks were included from the honorees as well as:

  • Dr. Marc J. Kahn, School of Medicine dean and vice president for health affairs
  • Keith E. Whitfield, UNLV president
  • Rickey N. McCurry, UNLV vice president of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
  • Dr. Garrett K.K. Lam, Intermountain Health Canyons Region MFM Southern Market medical director
  • Dr. Anthony M. Marlon, the Tony and Renee Marlon Charitable Foundation President.

Representing over $4.5 million in philanthropy, these endowed positions ensure our young tradition of excellence is sustained through robust research, clinical, and educational programs and initiatives and we continue to establish ourselves as a pillar within the community. 

Optum, Dr. Tony and Renee Marlon, and Intermountain Health have created a lasting legacy with their endowed chair positions and have laid the foundation for future endowments. We are extremely grateful for their support and investment in our future.

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