Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

July-August 2016

Honors and Awards

Coker named Classified Employee of the Month

Bonnie Coker, assistant to both the director and associate director of the School of Community Health Sciences, was named Classified Employee of the Month for June.

Seventy-two residents were selected to the 2016 teaching honor roll

Congratulations to the 72 School of Medicine residents selected for the resident teaching honor roll. This number represents 18 percent of the medical school's cohort of 395 residents. For a complete list, please review the honor roll article.

Several School of Medicine faculty members named Best Doctor

Congratulations to the following faculty members who made the Best Doctors list in the August issue of Desert Companion.

  • Robert Wang, M.D., Otolaryngology
  • Colleen Morris, M.D., Pediatric Medical Genetics and Medical Genetics
  • Renu Jain, M.D., General Pediatrics
  • Beverly Neyland, M.D., General Pediatrics
  • John Fildes, M.D., Surgery
  • John Ham, M.D., Surgery
  • Daniel Kirgan, M.D., Surgical Oncology
  • Ovunc Bardakcioglu, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Joseph Thornton, M.D., Colon and Rectal Surgery

Richard selected for 2016 DHS Teaching Award

Assistant professor of nursing, Shannon Richard, MSN, RN, CEN, was recently awarded this year's DHS Teaching Award. In a letter by the DHS Teaching Committee, it is stated that Richard always keeps her classes interesting and interactive, while using traditional and untraditional techniques to engage and communicate with students. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Richard also maintains a clinical practice at a local hospital.

Publications and Presentations

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, recently gave a presentation titled, "How can we measure success of COBREs?" at the sixth Biennial National Institutes of Health (NIH) IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence on June 29 in Washington D.C. This is a national scientific meeting to showcase the scientific and training accomplishments of the IDeA programs (COBREs, INBREs, CTR-INs) funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Dr. von Bartheld was selected from among 100 IDeA program directors to speak and be a panelist at the COBRE and IDeA-CTR Principal Investigator Meeting.

Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education; professor of pediatrics, recently co-published an article titled, "Early Engagement of Residents Into the Root Cause Analysis Process" in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education on July 1.

Ruben K. Dagda, Ph.D., assistant professor from the department of pharmacology, recently published "Novel Redox-Dependent Esterase Activity (EC 3.1.1.2) for DJ-1: Implications for Parkinson's Disease" in The International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(8), 1346;30120-5. doi:10.3390/ijms17081346. This research manuscript is the result of a 10-month international research collaboration between Dagda and Emmanuel Vazquez-Mayorga of the Department of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine and two biochemistry research groups from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences along with Melissa Piasecki, M.D., executive associate dean of the School of Medicine were editors of the second edition textbook, Problem-based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry. Local contributing writers also included, David Antonuccio, Ph.D.; Timothy Baker, M.D., associate dean of medical education and associate professor of internal medicine; Lisa Calvo, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine; Amber Hayes, M.D., with Renown Medical Group; Debra Hendrickson, M.D., with Northern Nevada Pediatrics; Kimiko Ishibashi, M.D., assistant professor of medical ethics; Brian Kirkpatrick, M.D., M.S.P.H., chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Barbara Kohlenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Jeremy Matuszak, M.D., with Willow Springs Center, Catherine McCarthy, M.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine; Latha Pai, M.D., with Veterans Affairs Sierra Nevada; Jason Reinhart, M.D., department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Erika Ryst, M.D., department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Maya Strange, M.D., with Healing Minds; and Steve Zuchowski, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Faculty and Staff

Surgery resident to serve as representative on AMA Surgical Caucus committee

Christopher McNicol, M.D., MPH, surgery resident, was recently asked to serve as a representative on the resident and fellow section of the executive committee of the American Medical Association Surgical Caucus. He was noted by the Executive Committee Chair, Michael Deren, M.D., FACS, to be "an excellent contributor to the Surgical Caucus, brining an important surgical resident perspective to our deliberations."

Yan selected as editor-in-chief of Biology of Reproduction journal

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., professor, cellular and molecular pharmacology, physiology and cell biology, was selected by the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, to be the next Editor-in-Chief for Biology of Reproduction, an official journal of the society.

Emeritus professor of psychiatry continues consulting work with U.S. Olympic Team

Jerry May and sailing team

Jerry May working with the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team

Jerry May, Ph.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate dean of admissions and student affairs, continued to work with the U.S. Olympic team since he began consulting with teams in 1978. He initially began his work as the first Director of Sport Psychology for the U.S. Olympic Committee nearly 40 years ago and over the past four years has been assisting the U.S. sailing team. He doesn't mind the traveling requirements and was excited to join this year's team in Rio de Janeiro to work with the athletes and coaches during the games.

Klass named senior associate dean of Statewide Initiatives

Evan Klass

Evan Klass

Evan Klass, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, was promoted to senior associate dean of the Office of Statewide Initiatives.

Lopez accepted into American Neurological Association

J. Ivan Lopez, M.D., FAAN, FAHS, FANA, director, Renown Institute for Neurosciences and professor and interim chairman, Department of Neurology, was recently accepted as a fellow member into the prestigious American Neurological Association. This association is reserved for academic neurologists.


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