Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

April 2016

Honors and Awards

Kuhls and Baynosa elected into Nevada Chapter of American College of Surgeons

Nevada Chapter of American College of SurgeonsSpenner, NV ACS Director; Deborah A Kuhls, M.D., FACS, NV ACS Chapter President; Annabel Barber M.D., FACS, outgoing NV ACS Chapter President; Jennifer Baynosa M.D., FACS, NV ACS Chapter Secretary/Treasurer.

Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D., FACS, professor of surgery and associate dean of academic affairs, has been elected president of the Nevada Chapter of American College of Surgeons. In addition, Jennifer Baynosa, M.D., FACS, associate professor of surgery and general surgery residency program director, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Nevada Chapter of American College of Surgeons. Their new positions were announced at a chapter meeting on March 30.

Martin named UNLV's 2016 Outstanding Honors College Graduate

Kate Martin, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, associate professor of family and community medicine, family medicine residency Las Vegas program director, was named UNLV's 2016 Outstanding Honors College Graduate. She will be honored at a ceremony and reception at UNLV on May 12.

Singer named School of Medicine's 2016 Woman of Achievement

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs, was named the University of Nevada School of Medicine's 2016 Woman of Achievement. She will be recognized at the annual Nevada Women's Fund Salute to Women of Achievement event on May 26.

Palmer awarded Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award

Elissa J. Palmer, M.D., FAAFP, professor and chair, department of family and community medicine, was honored with the 2015 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award.

Publications and Presentations

Faculty and Staff

Coppes named School of Medicine chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief for Renown

Max CoppesMax Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA accepted the joint leadership role as the Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital. The new position was made possible through generous philanthropic support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation along with investments by Renown Health and the School of Medicine.

This represents another step in fulfilling a 2014 partnership agreement between the School of Medicine and Renown Health born from the need to significantly increase the number of physicians who train and practice in Nevada. The collaborative goal to transform medical care and education in northern Nevada includes expanding the medical school to a full four-year academic campus while enlisting the critical support of physicians to participate as faculty at the medical school.

School of Medicine hires interim senior associate dean for finance

Mike HerbertMichael A. Herbert on April 1 joined the School of Medicine as interim senior associate dean for finance and administration. He will be with the medical school until it has recruited a new, permanent senior associate dean for finance and administration.

Herbert will be responsible for providing oversight and integration of all School of Medicine financial analysis and budgeting functions and for working with the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada System of Higher Education and UNLV leaders on Las Vegas transitions, legislative budgets and reporting requirements. He also will provide critical input to the school's current strategic planning and branding initiatives as it prepares for the upcoming LCME reaccreditation process.

Ackerman promoted to assistant dean, rural programs

Longtime rural advocate Gerald Ackerman has been named assistant dean, rural programs for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The assistant dean, rural programs is responsible for rural health programming of the School of Medicine and serves as the director of the Nevada Area Health Education Centers Program and the Nevada Office of Rural Health. The position provides policy and strategic analysis of the rural healthcare environment in the state, the region and nationally for medical school leadership. Ackerman will oversee targeted programming to enhance access to care in rural and underserved areas, as well as build workforce pipelines and expand training opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows. Ackerman previously served as director of the School of Medicine's Office of Rural Health.

Nash accepted into doctorate program

Ranna Nash, M.S., learning specialist and coordinator of academic enrichment, Learning and Wellness Resource Center, has been accepted into the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Education doctorate program in special education. Her pursuit of additional education will complement her recent certification in Adult Learning and Development and directly benefit students at the School of Medicine who seek services from our Learning Resource Center.

Fiore appointed Saint Mary's director of medical education

Saint Mary's Health Network, in partnership with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, has announced that David Fiore, M.D. will serve as Saint Mary's new director of medical education. In his new role, Dr. Fiore will oversee the coordination and collaboration between Saint Mary's Health Network and the School of Medicine, providing expert guidance and development to medical students, medical residents and post-graduate medical education initiatives. Dr. Fiore currently is a professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine.

This position bolsters Saint Mary's and the School of Medicine's efforts to establish both an educational and clinical environment that will encourage physicians to practice in northern Nevada. Dr. Fiore's unwavering commitment to motivate students and residents to become lifelong learners will continue to foster the relationship between both institutions. "I am very excited to bring my experience of more than 20 years as a practicing physician and physician educator to nurture a strong collaboration between community physicians, hospital leadership and staff and the School of Medicine," said Dr. Fiore. "I feel this new position will help usher medical education at Saint Mary's to a higher level."

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