Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

February 2014

Honors and Awards

Elissa PalmerElissa Palmer named one of Las Vegas Women to Watch 2014

Elissa J. Palmer, M.D., was named one of the Las Vegas Women to Watch 2014 in an event on February 4 honoring an elite group of notable women in Las Vegas. Dr. Palmer is chair of family medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus. The award, sponsored by Vegas, Inc. Magazine, recognizes women “who are stepping forward and making a difference in the community.”

Dr. Palmer is involved in several national research projects in diabetes and genetics in addition to receiving grants to bring the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course to Nevada. Dr. Palmer teaches in a national fellowship for residency program directors and was instrumental in developing the advanced fellowship program

AuCoin speaks at TEDx University of Nevada

David AuCoin, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine, Reno campus was a featured speaker at the TEDxUniversity of Nevada event on January 24. His talk focused on his research to develop rapid diagnostics for resource poor settings. View David AuCoin's TEDx presentation!

Winners named for Philip H. Goodman Resident Competition in Critical Appraisal

Congratulations to Megumi Akihama, M.D., of the OB/GYN residency program, Las Vegas, who placed first in the third Annual Philip H. Goodman Resident Competition in Critical Appraisal on Jan. 31. Tony Zutek, M.D., emergency medicine department was first runner-up and Jennifer Mitchell, M.D., otolaryngology fellowship-Las Vegas was named second runner-up. Twelve residents and fellows from 12 different School of Medicine training programs participated and competed in this year’s competition held in both Reno and Las Vegas. The six judges; Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.; Josh Baker, Ph.D., with the department of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Jim Kenyon, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research, all in Reno along with Las Vegas-based judges Wolf Samlowski, M.D., oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada; Tillman Cyrus, M.D., chief of cardiology at the VA and Robert Langer, M.D., associate dean for clinical and translational research, spent the afternoon listening to oral presentations ranging from vaccines for preventing influenza to the use of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for treatment of pediatric sleep apnea.

Minarik certified as health care management fellow

Melanie Minarik, Ph.D., MPH, FACHE, lecturer, School of Community Health Sciences, was recently re-certified in health care management as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executors (FACHE). She was a fellow during her previous career from 1978-1998 and was able to be re-certified due to her work with the MPH Emphasis in Health Administration and Policy.

Packham speaks on nursing shortage in Nevada

John Packham, Ph.D., director of health policy research, School of Medicine, was one of the guests on KNPR Las Vegas public radio’s State of Nevada program on the topic, “Nevada struggles with a nursing shortage,” along with Elizabeth Bickle RN, Saint Rose Dominican Hospital.

Publications and Presentations

  • Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D., MPH, FAAP, FIDSA, associate professor and vice-chairman for research, department of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, presented his NIH funded research project titled “Baby Shower Initiative: A comparative effectiveness study of congregation versus clinic based approaches to PMTCT” in South Africa January 22-23 to global funders including WHO, UNICEF, USAID, CDC. The study has completed recruitment of 5455 participants. It is one of the largest studies to investigate an innovative community based approach to increase HIV screening among pregnant women and their male partners.
  • Christian D. Stone, M.D., MPH, associate professor, chief of gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, recently published an article, “Making Sense of Serologies: Are They Useful in Indeterminate Colitis” in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Jan 2014 (electronic, ahead of print).
  • Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, professor of family medicine and psychiatry, department of family medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, has been invited to continue on the AAMC GWIMS Communications Committee. This committee advocates for the advancement of women’s success in academic medicine by addressing gender equity, career advancement, women’s recruitment and retention throughout the continuum of academic medicine. The committee publishes the AAMC GWIMSWatch quarterly newsletter available at the AAMC website.
  • Samrat U. Das, M.D., FAAP, and Pisespong Patamasucon, M.D., assistant professors, department of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, were published in the January 2014 issue of Contemporary Pediatrics for their article entitled, “Infant with Persistent Nodular Skin Rash".
  • David Jackson, M.D., professor, department of obstetrics & gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, will giving a presentation regarding an antenatal neurosonographic syllabus during the 2014 National Conference for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in Las Vegas, April 3, 2014. Joining him will be James Pennington, RDMS, lead perinatal sonographer for maternal-fetal medicine at the Patient Care Center, who will also be presenting new information on antenatal imaging of the fetal brain. Pennington sits on the Board of Governors for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and is the only non-physician to sit on the committee for the Endowment for Education and Research in the history of that organization. Along with his international recognition he also sits on the board of advisors for a global medical ultrasound educational internet site,

New Faculty and Staff

Department of Speech and Audiology add new faculty

Welcome to new faculty in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology:

  • Megan Swank, Au.D., Assistant Professor of Audiology
  • Abbie Olszewski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor
  • Rachel Walden, M.S., CCC, Director of Clinical Services

Six new faculty join Orvis School of Nursing

The Orvis School of Nursing has recently hired and added six new members to the faculty:

  • Sandra Talley, Ph.D., APRN, BC, FAAN—Arthur Emerton Orvis Endowed Professor
  • Maureen Barnes, MSN, RN—Assistant Professor
  • Shannon Bourke, MSN, RN—Assistant Professor
  • Tamara Baumann, MSN, APRN, CNM—Assistant Professor
  • Jami-Sue Coleman, Ph.D., RN, CNE—Assistant Professor
  • Diane Johnson, MSN, RN—Assistant Professor

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