Marc J. Kahn

Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA, MACP, FRCP

Dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, Vice President for Health Affairs

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Dr. Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA, is the Dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. He has served in leadership roles with the Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Physicians, American Society of Hematology, National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Residency Matching Program. 

A hematologist and medical oncologist by training, Dr. Kahn was a senior associate dean at Tulane University School of Medicine before assuming his new position at UNLV in April, 2020.

Prior to joining Tulane in 1994, Dr. Kahn completed his undergraduate degree, medical school, residency, chief medical residency and Hematology/Medical OncologyFellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude. He obtained his MBA with honors from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane in 2010. He believes medical students need some basic business skills to be successful. 

In 2019, he was one of only a few physicians not trained in the United Kingdom to be elected as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the oldest medical college in England.

Dr. Kahn took over the top post at the Kerkorian School of Medicine from Interim Dean Dr. John Fildes, inaugural chair of the school’s department of surgery and world-renowned trauma surgeon. Dr. Fildes had assumed the role in September 2019, stepping in as Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson transitioned into an advisory leadership role with the school. 

The School welcomed its first class in 2017.  At UNLV Medicine, the school’s clinical arm, faculty physicians see patients at 17 specialty clinics. 

A prolific researcher in benign hematology, medical education, and healthcare finance.

Dr. Kahn has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to 110 book chapters and 5 textbooks. His most recent textbook, Business Basics of Building and Managing A Healthcare Practice, was published by Springer Nature in early 2020. To view some of Dr. Kahn's publications, visit PubMed.

At Tulane, Dr. Kahn was also a professor of medicine and the school’s Peterman-Prosser professor, a position established to introduce students of science-oriented disciplines to the humanities. He also held adjunct appointments in the Department of Pharmacology and the AB Freeman School of Business. The winner of multiple teaching awards, he was responsible for all matters pertaining to medical students, including counseling, career planning, academic issues, and student promotion. Dr. Kahn wrote the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) for students and guided students through the match process.

Dr. Kahn is passionate about developing and assessing novel programs in medical education at both the student and faculty level. At Tulane he developed the 4-year MD/MBA program and a novel BS/MD program that includes a mandatory year of public service with AmeriCorps VISTA.

Dr. Kahn is enthusiastic about developing curricula, clinical programs and research to better  care for the people of Las Vegas.