Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

December 2013

Honors and Awards

Carrison honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dale Carrison, D.O., chair of emergency medicine, received the lifetime achievement award from the American College of Osteopathic Physicians. Carrison was also featured in Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Paul Harasim’s article, “Escaping despair’s deadening drag.” Read more about Dale Carrison.

Reed named to state task force on Alzheimer’s Disease

Peter Reed, Ph.D., director of the Sanford Center for Aging, was appointed as the NSHE representative to the Nevada State Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and was subsequently elected vice-chair of the group. The task force is charged with developing and monitoring implementation strategies for the recently developed state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease in Nevada.

Editorial board appointment for Ezeanolue

Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics in Las Vegas, has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal HIV: Advance Research and Development. He also has been asked to become a reviewer for NIH grants.

Ginsburg honored by ALS Nevada

David Ginsburg, M.D., a Las Vegas-based School of Medicine neurologist specializing in ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, was honored last month by ALS of Nevada. The Fourth Annual Art Wreath Festival recognized Ginsburg’s work with ALS of Nevada at a fundraiser at City Hall in Las Vegas on Nov. 14.

Under the guidance of Ginsburg, the ALS of Nevada clinic provides services such as neuromuscular medicine, physical and occupational therapy, orthotics, nursing, registered dietitian services, speech and language pathology, social services, patient services liaison and respiratory therapy to those with ALS.

Bar-on named to national conference planning committee

Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, has been selected to serve on the Medical Education Meeting planning committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Guizado deNathan featured in film

Gigi Guizado deNathan, the School of Medicine’s simulation education coordinator in Las Vegas, plays a major supporting role in the movie “I’m in Love with a Church Girl” that was released this fall

University of Nevada School of Medicine physicians named “Medical Marvels” by Nevada Business Magazine

Several University of Nevada School of Medicine physicians were named to the prestigious “Medical Marvels” list sponsored by Nevada Business Magazine. This list highlights doctors who were nominated and ranked by their community and peers for the exceptional work they do. Congratulations to all of our faculty who were named and honored.

Medical Marvels 2013

  • Michael K. Daines, M.D., Psychiatry and Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services
  • Vani Dandolu, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Scott Lewis Denton, M.D., Pediatrics
  • David Leslie Ginsburg, M.D., Neurology
  • Sandhya Wahi Gururaj, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Kenneth Izuora, M.D., Endocrinology
  • Constance (Coni) Mary Kalinowski, M.D., Psychiatry. Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services Kami
  • Kami Larsen, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Trudy Larson, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, School of Community Health Sciences
  • Ranjit Singh Makar, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Kate Elizabeth Martin, M.D., Family Medicine
  • Colleen Annette Morris, M.D., Pediatrics; Genetics
  • Beverly Ann Neyland, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Matthew Ng, M.D., Surgery, Otolaryngology
  • Larry Jay Nussbaum, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mojave Mental Health
  • Ewa Olech, M.D., Rheumatology
  • David Parks, M.D., Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Christian Quintero, M.D. FACOG, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Urogynecology
  • Shawn Allen Rowles, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Rebecca Lynn Scherr, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Matthew Patrick Schreiber, M.D., Pulmonology/Critical Care
  • Hidenobu Shigemitsu, M.D., Pulmonology/Critical Care
  • Aditi Singh, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Daniel R. Spogen, M.D., Family Medicine
  • Elham Taherian, M.D., Rheumatology
  • Shawn Toraki Tsuda, M.D., Surgery, Bariatric
  • John Anthony Varras, M.D., Internal Medicine

Research and Grants

Christopher Von Bartheld, M.D., professor of the department of physiology and cell biology and director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Reno, was awarded $143,500 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on glia-neuron ratios in human and animal brains.

Samrat U. Das, M.D., assistant professor of the department of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, was awarded a Faculty Development Fund of $3,300.00 to continue his INBRE funded research project, "Effect Of Collaborative Simulation Training For Pediatric Residents and Nursing Students On Team Work Skills In Patient Care," at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.

Publications and Presentations

  • Daniel Fred, M.A., project coordinator, CASAT, N-RAP program, was a keynote speaker at the California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference at the University of California, Riverside on November 3.
  • Rudolph Rull, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and environmental health in the School of Community Health Sciences, was a co-author on three publications: "Determinants and within-person variability of urinary cadmium concentrations among women in northern California,” published in Environmental Health Perspectives; “Validity of race, ethnicity, and national origin in population-based cancer registries and rapid case ascertainment enhanced with a Spanish surname list,” published in Medical Care; and "Reproductive factors, exogenous hormones, and pancreatic cancer risk in the California Teachers Study,” published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Rull also presented a poster entitled "Urinary cadmium and the timing of pubertal development in girls” at the Joint Conference of the International Societies for Environmental Epidemiology, Exposure Assessment, and Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Basel, Switzerland in August.
  • Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D., MPH, FIDSA, and Samrat U. Das, M.D., department of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas will serve as reviewers and moderators for general pediatric and adolescent section of the Western regional meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research in January 2014.
  • Dan Shapiro, M.D., internal medicine chair in Reno, has been invited to give a talk on “Biological Weapons of the 21st Century” in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunity at the Imperial Medical College in London next February. Shapiro has worked on biodefense since 1990. He was a co-author of the CDC/American Society for Microbiology/American Public Health Association document, “Basic diagnostic testing protocols for level A laboratories for the presumptive identification of Bacillus anthracis,” as well as “Basic diagnostic testing protocols for Level A laboratories for Botulinum Toxin” and “Basic diagnostic testing protocols for Level A laboratories—Clinical Laboratory Bioterrorism Readiness Plan.” He has served on the Infectious Diseases Society of America Bioemergencies Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Blue Ribbon Panel on Laboratory-Acquired Infections. Shapiro has been an invited speaker at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the U.S. Medical Institute for Health Studies Conference on Bioterrorism.
  • Meri Shadley, Ph.D., MFT, LADC, associate professor, academic coordinator, CASAT, presented a workshop on Collegiate Recovery Communities at the recent American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, her article on "Family Dynamics in Addiction Treatment and Recovery" will be published in the upcoming issue of Family Therapy, a publication of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Laura Shaw, M.D., assistant professor, department of family and community medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, authored a published book review of “The Busy Physician’s Guide to Genetics, Genomics, and Personalised Medicine, in the November-December 2013, Vol. 45, No. 10, issue of Family Medicine.
  • The abstract titled, "Assessing Patient Satisfaction at Children's Hospital of Nevada of University Medical Center" with authors Samrat U. Das, M.D., and Surjeet Gill, M.D., department of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, has been accepted for presentation at the Western Regional conference of the American Federation of Medical Research in January, 2014.
  • Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, and Jack Lazerson, M.D., professor of pediatrics, provided published commentary on “Are three year MD programs the way to go?” in the November issue of COMSEP (Council of Medical Student Educators in Pediatrics) Journal Club on-line.
  • Christopher Von Bartheld, M.D., professor of the department of physiology and cell biology and director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cell Biology, co-authored a manuscript in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods entitled "Validation of the isotropic fractionator: Comparison with unbiased stereology and DNA extraction for quantification of glial cells." This work validates a new counting technique that shows that "textbook knowledge" of one trillion glial cells in human brains was a myth, and that the true number is 10 times less. The new method may be useful to determine and verify true changes in glia-neuron ratios in a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Faculty and Staff

Peggy Dupey
Peggy Dupey, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

Dupey announces retirement, serving School of Medicine for 20 years

Peggy Dupey, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, School of Medicine has announced she is retiring at the end of December. Dupey has served the school for more than 20 years, working extensively in recruitment, admissions and student affairs. Her areas of expertise include career development, mentoring and student well-being. Dr. Dupey’s research interests include wellness and developmental issues within the context of higher education and specifically within the culture of medical education. She earned her doctorate in counseling and educational psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her master’s degree in education administration and sociology from the University of Iowa. We thank Dr. Dupey for her extraordinary service to many classes of medical students and to the School of Medicine. Dr. Dupey will be honored for her distinguished achievement and service at the 2014 Honor the Best event next May.

Singer named as interim associate dean for student affairs

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate pharmacology professor, will serve as interim associate dean for student affairs effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Dupey and Dr. Singer are working together with our committed ASA staff to sustain a high level of support for students at University of Nevada School of Medicine. The School of Medicine’s admissions committee will continue their good work under the leadership of Beverly Neyland, M.D., assistant dean of admissions.

New faculty and staff join University of Nevada School of Medicine

Congratulations and welcome to recent new hires: Carol Cheney, M.D., internal medicine, Reno; Adele Fung, pathology and lab medicine, Brett Fisher, office of medical education; Laura McKelvey, office of academic affairs, Reno; Kim Schjang, IT/audio-visual coordinator, Las Vegas; Jared Solomon, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Reno; Sal Baker, Chengyuan Feng, Leonie Durnin and Khursheed Iqbal, all with physiology and cell biology; Maria Del Carmen Lurascho, M.D., internal medicine, Las Vegas; Michael Daubs, M.D., surgery; and Matthew Milone, senior associate dean, legal affairs, University of Nevada School of Medicine.

University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty named to leadership positions at UMC

Congratulations to School of Medicine faculty members recently elected to department chief and vice-chief positions at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for the term Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015:

  • Ambulatory Care: John Onyema, M.D., chief; Nanjunda Subramanyam, M.D., vice chief
  • Anesthesiology: Barry Ewell, D.O., chief; Mario Tarquino, M.D., vice chief
  • Family Medicine: Aron Rogers, D.O., chief; Kate Martin, M.D., vice chief
  • Hand Surgery: Kayvan Khiabani, M.D., chief
  • Internal Medicine: Chowdhury Ahsan, M.D., chief; John Ellerton, M.D., vice chief
  • Neurosurgery: William Smith, M.D., chief; Jason Garber, M.D., vice chief
  • OB/GYN: Nicola Spirtos, M.D., chief; Marsha Matsunaga-Kirgan, M.D., vice chief
  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Thomas Vater, D.O., chief; Gary LaTourette, M.D., vice chief
  • Surgery: Daniel Kirgan, M.D., chief; Shawn Tsuda, M.D., vice chief

CASAT addictions minor student named Senior Scholar

From high school dropout at 17 in Melbourne, Australia, to Senior Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno, Carmel Papworth-Barnum says that America has been the land of opportunity and second chances. She came to Reno in 2007 after meeting her husband-to-be at the World Masters Track Championships. While volunteering for The Solace Tree, an organization that supports grieving children, she got motivated to complete her education and work to assist others. She completed her GED, attended TMCC and ultimately found the psychology major and addiction treatment services minor at UNR. Graduating this December, Papworth-Barnum has been honored as the Senior Scholar for the College of Liberal Arts. She has chosen Erik Schoen, an LOA instructor for CASAT as her mentor.

“I am grateful for the support, wisdom, and insights from my professors here at the University…. The professors in the addiction treatment minor encouraged me to examine my own biases, values and areas for improvement to help me grow therapeutically,” says Papworth-Barnum. “ In particular, I would like to thank Erik Schoen whose humanity, warmth, and nonjudgmental style inspired me to disregard the labels that are often attributed to those with mental health and addiction problems. Erik taught me that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect; people are individuals, not just a diagnosis.”

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