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Noteworthy News

December 2016

Honors and Awards

Hill earns Lifetime Achievement honors from PRSA

Susan G. Hill, MA, APR, director of marketing and communications for the School of Medicine, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at its Silver Spikes award banquet Nov. 17.

She is one of just four public relations professionals to receive this honor in the chapter's 30-year history.

Hill retires this year after more than 35 years in the communications industry. Her professional background includes public relations and marketing leadership roles in the hospital, education, wireless communications and hospitality industries. She also has been a magazine editor and local television news anchor.

Under Hill's leadership, the med school came into the 21st century with a website redesign and rebuild. In partnership with KPS3, she successfully rebranded the School of Medicine to more closely align with its parent university, the University of Nevada, Reno.

Her commitment to the PRSA Sierra Nevada chapter has been steadfast. Hill has served in many board roles in the early days of the organization, always participated as a student mentor and shared her professional knowledge with members whenever asked. She is a past recipient of PRSA's Hall of Fame Award and Gold Spike Award for community service and has served on the Sierra Nevada Chapter's board of directors.

Susan G. Hill, MA, APR

Tsuda recognized on Becker's Hospital Review list of 15 young physicians to know

Shawn Tsuda, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate professor and chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, was recognized by Becker's Hospital Review on its list of 15 young physicians to know due to significant accomplishments early in their careers. Dr. Tsuda was the first surgeon in Nevada to receive certification in the LINX Reflux Management System for patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease. He performs the LINX procedures at miVIP Surgery Centers in Las Vegas.

Shawn Tsuda, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Team of Barao-Silvestre, Dagda receive competitive Ramsay Award

Isabel Barao-Silvestre Ph.D., research assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, Ruben Dagda Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and Victor Darley-Usmar Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham professor of pathology, were selected as one of just five 2016 Ramsey Award Program research teams for their project "The Bioenergetic Health Index of NK Cells as a Diagnostic Tool for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome".

The Ramsey Award Program offers seed grants to support the pursuit of cutting-edge research in myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Ramsay Award Program recipients are chosen through a rigorous peer-review process.

These 12-month grants fund small projects in anticipation that they will lead to further in-depth exploration.

Barao-Silvestre, Dagda, and Darley-Usmar

Publications and Presentations

T. Brian Callister, M.D., FACP, FHM, associate professor of internal medicine, published "The Hospital Course of a Successfully Treated Patient with Respiratory Failure: Beginning to End!" in the January/March 2017 edition of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly. According to Dr. Callister's abstract, "The successful treatment of a patient with acute respiratory failure is a complex undertaking that requires clinical competence, evidence-based interventions, seamless coordination of care transitions, and transparent open communication among all members of the health care team. Many of the processes of care in these critically ill patients are reassuringly consistent across services, across hospitals, across health systems, and even across the country. Although the clinical course of such complicated patients can be extremely unpredictable, we are fortunate that the professional, technical, and psychosocial aspects of care for these patients can be relatively orderly, evidence-based, and transparent."

T. Brian Callister, M.D., FACP, FHM

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor physiology and cell biology, published "The search for true numbers of neurons and glial cells in the human brain: A review of 150 years of cell counting" in the Dec. 15, 2016 issue of The Journal of Comparative Neurology. Dr. von Bartheld's paper has received multiple recommendations, including "exceptional" ratings, from F1000Prime, an organization of more than 8,000 leading experts that recommends the most interesting articles published in the biomedical sciences. "This review article provides a detailed examination of the history and literature on counting neurons and glia in humans," said F1000 reviewers from Harvard Medical School. "The review points out idiosyncrasies in early studies and the perpetuation of these ideas. The article also gets at an important part of science and understanding, which is to question perceived notions that have been around for many years and investigate the possibility that current views are incorrect. This is especially true for areas of science that are extremely complex, such as neuroscience."

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D.

Faculty and Staff

Bloch's authorship recognized by UptoDate

Michael Bloch, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, was recognized by UpToDate for his exceptional work and commitment as an author. UpToDate is an online clinical decision support resource used by over one million clinicians worldwide.

"Our Deputy Editors have recognized you as one of our best authors in Nephrology and Hypertension," said Theodore W. Post, M.D., UpToDate editor-in-chief. "Attributes that make an UpToDate author outstanding include: command of the evidence and clinical expertise in the field, and the ability to communicate both of these; thoughtful and conscientious effort in the initial writing and continuing topic updates; a willingness to engage in back-and-forth dialogue with editors in their own and other specialties until the content is correct; and an ability to meet deadlines. Your efforts help give our readers the best guidance to answer their clinical questions. Thank you again for being an outstanding author."

Michael Bloch, M.D.

Davenport earns MBA

Jordan Davenport, MBA, School of Medicine compliance and quality informatics auditor, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with her MBA Dec. 10. Davenport completed her degree while working full-time.

Jordan Davenport, MBA

Enking named director of clinical education for PA program

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine named Patrick J. Enking, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA professor and director of clinical education for its burgeoning Physician Assistant Studies program.

In his new role, Enking will develop a collaborative educational experiences between the UNR Med PA program and statewide healthcare organizations, helping to build relationships and support students in developing their individual plans to become extraordinary providers.

UNR Med's new PA program is on-track to admit its first class of 24 students in the summer of 2017. More than 700 applicants are being considered for the inaugural class.

Enking is a leader in the academic community and at the state level for PA organizations. In 2015, he received the prestigious Clinical Education Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association for his work as editor of the PAEA Clinical Educators Handbook. Enking is also known for his many presentations and published works, as well as his efforts on national task forces and the Curriculum Council for PAEA.

Patrick J. Enking, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Kiehlbauch named director, Nevada State Public Health Lab

Julia A. Kiehlbauch, Ph.D. was named director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab earlier this year.

Kiehlbauch's professional experience includes serving as bureau director of the Bureau of Laboratories, Pennsylvania Department of Health; adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Medical Research and Technology and as a microbiologist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, Virginia. She has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in various capacities in the international arena including positions in Indonesia and Kenya.

Kiehlbauch earned her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin, a doctorate in microbiology and immunology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago and completed her post-doc fellowship in clinical microbiology at the University of Washington.

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory provides a wide range of diagnostic and analytical services for the assessment and surveillance of infectious/communicable diseases, foodborne outbreak analyses, biological and chemical terrorism analyses and the analytical evaluation of dairy products and water to evaluate safety for consumption and compliance throughout Nevada.

The lab represents a first line of defense in the rapid recognition of a public health threat to the citizens of Nevada. Analytical services are performed in support of state and national public health disease prevention programs and environmental health initiatives.

CHS programs accredited

Under the leadership of Trudy Larson, M.D., director of the School of Community Healthy Sciences, several CHS programs have been accredited for the next seven-year cycle by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation follows a self-study process completed by the School of Community Health Sciences that lasted more than a year and concluded with a site visit on campus last February. The undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs were all accredited. This is a rigorous process that ensures excellence in public health education.

Trudy Larson, M.D.

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