Deborah Kuhls

Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS

Professor and Acute Care Surgery Chief, Department of Surgery; Associate Dean for Research



Deborah Kuhls, MD, a professor of surgery and chief, section of critical care in Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV’s Division of Acute Care Surgery, is a trauma surgeon who is board-certified in general surgery and critical care. She also is program director of the Kerkorian School of Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program and medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She has a passion for teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Kuhls graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University School of Medicine). She completed her general surgery residency at Albert Einstein University and a fellowship in critical care and trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. She subsequently completed Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship.

Dr. Kuhls’ research interests include injury prevention of all types, including vehicular crash, firearm and other violence-related injuries, as well as disaster management, medical education and the clinical care and outcomes of injured patients.

Dr. Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, school of medicine’s representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.

For patient services, please contact the UNLV Health General Surgery Clinic.