Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

November 2013

Honors and Awards

Denise Montcalm, JD Fripp
From left to right: Denise Montcalm and JD Fripp, executive director of NASW Nevada Chapter

Montcalm honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Denise Montcalm, Ph.D., professor of social work, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference held in September. Dr. Montcalm was recognized for her dedication, commitment and service to the State of Nevada and the social work profession.

Highest honor for nutrition and dietetics awarded to St. Jeor

Sachiko T. St. Jeor, Ph.D., R.D., professor of internal medicine, emerita, and an internationally recognized leader in obesity research and medical education, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. St. Jeor received the Copher Award October 19 at the opening session of the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas. The Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award is named for an early 20th-century pioneer in dietetics who was recognized by the British and French governments for her service in World War I and was chief dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. In the words of colleagues who recommended her for the Copher Award: “Dr. St. Jeor’s work serves to underscore the importance of the RD as an integral component of medical education and the health care team.” The award recognizes her contributions to developing nutrition assessment and evaluation methods for both inpatient metabolic and outpatient behavioral research studies.

Ezeanolue recognized by American Academy of Pediatricians

Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D., MPH, FIDSA, associate professor of pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatricians for his work in presenting high-quality continuing medical education programs and helping create evidence-based curriculum in pediatric infections disease care.

Anne McMillinMcMillin places in Nevada Press Association Awards

Congratulations to Anne McMillin, APR, School of Medicine public relations manager, for her second-place honors at the Nevada Press Association’s annual awards event on September 28. Her “Training physicians for the 21st century" cover article from the fall 2012 issue of the School of Medicine’s Synapse Magazine was recognized in the “Best explanatory magazine journalism” category. The judges commented that it was “an informative guide to the changes being made to the School’s curriculum, laid out very clearly and in logical order.”

School of Medicine faculty named 2013 Healthcare Heroes

Congratulations to the School of Medicine’s 2013 Healthcare Heroes, as awarded by Nevada Business Magazine: Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., (research/technology – No. Nevada), Thomas Hunt, M.D., (community partner – So. Nevada), Sonia Budhecha, M.D., (educator – No. Nevada) and Evan Klass, M.D., (community partner – No. Nevada). Internist Charles Krasner, M.D., also was recognized for his work with the non-profit Northern Nevada HOPES organization.

Inspired Excellence award presented to Rodriguez

Benjamin Rodriguez, M.D.,’82, was one of four recipients of the Inspired Excellence in Health Care awards presented by Las Vegas HEALS, the Health Education Advocacy Leadership of Southern Nevada. He specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery with an emphasis on facial plastic surgery, endoscopic surgery, laser/skin resurfacing, breast surgery, liposuction, body sculpting and lifts and fractional skin resurfacing. He has seen or treated more than 80,000 patients in his career. He received his award at dinner on September 25.

Research and Grants

Subhash Verma, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology, earned a research scholar award in the amount of $720,000 over the next four years from the American Cancer Society. The award will support his research project, "KSHV lytic DNA replication."

Publications and Presentations

  • Mary Beth Hogan, M.D., professor of pediatrics in Reno, was invited by the 2013 International Respiratory Forum to give allergy lectures on “Pan-allegens and the Development of Pediatric Allergy and Asthma” at Yuying Children’s Hospital and Shanghai Children’s Hospital in China last month. While there, Hogan also received a three-year faculty appointment as a visiting professor at Wenzhou Medical University, only the fourth professor to receive such an appointment at that institution. The appointment is in recognition of her teaching and allergy curriculum development efforts over the last two years and is in anticipation of establishing firmer allergy/immunology teaching ties with respiratory physicians in China.
  • Volcanic smog (vog) researcher Dr. Bernadette Mae Longo, an associate professor with the Orvis School of Nursing conducted a 2012 health survey of vog-exposed residents and found health effects have increased since a previous study in 2004. The research, funded by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, has been published in the scientific peer-reviewed and open-access journal ISRN Public Health.
  • David Antonuccio, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry, has co-authored an article entitled “Data based medicine and clinical judgment” in the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine.
  • The American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research recently announced the selection of Matt Boulton, M.D.’87, as the new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • John Pixley, M.D. associate professor of medicine in Reno, has had his editorial entitled “Immunogenicity, the elephant in the room” published online in Clinical Rheumatology. The editorial comments on drug levels, anti-drug antibodies and clinical efficacy of the anti-TNFα biologics in rheumatic diseases.
  • Gigi Guizado de Nathan, B.A. coordinator, Simulation Education, and Lysander Abadia, Standardized Patient Training Assistant University of Nevada School of Medicine collaborate with colleagues from UNLV School of Nursing on a poster, Simulation Using Standardized Patients as a Learning Strategy for Psychiatric Nursing Students, that will be presented during the general session of the 14th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare meeting to be held in January, 2014.
  • Heather Gough, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Social Work, presented a plenary talk entitled, Understanding Strengths & Challenges for Native Clients & Communities: Federal Indian Law and Implications for Culturally (and Politically) Competent Practice” at the Nevada Chapter of the Nevada Association of Social Work, along with a panel of Native social workers/counselors, Marlys Hubbard, Monica Atlookan, and Veronica Domingues-Gephart. It was the first time Native issues were included on the NASW NV agenda.
  • John Menezes, M.D., associate professor, head of craniofacial surgery, department of surgery, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, was featured on Channel 8 News Now in Las Vegas about a special surgery performed on a child with a cleft palate. Watch video.
  • Terry Henner, M.A., library director, Savitt Medical Library, School of Medicine, co-authored and published, “Current practices in library/informatics instruction in academic libraries serving medical schools in the western United Stated: a three-phase action research study.” in BMC Medical Education. 2013 Sep 4;13(1):119. He also co-authored and was published in International Journal of Medical Informatics, August 19, 2013, for an article entitled, “Tablet computers in support of rural and frontier clinical practice.”
  • Kenneth Izuora, M.D., MBA, assistant professor ,department of internal medicine, School of Medicine, Las Vegas, co-authored two papers for publication published, “Frax Prediction Without BMD For Assessment of Osteoporotic Fracture Risk” in Endocrine Practice, Vol. 19, No. 5, September/October 2013 and “Impact of Hyperglycemic Crises Protocol” that has been accepted for publication in Endocrine Practice.
  • Narbeh Tovmassian, M.D., Ruihong Luo, M.D., Gagandeep Kaur, M.D., and Asma Chattha, M.D., internal medicine residents, have had their posters accepted and presented at the 2013 Mountain West Society of General Internal Meeting. Tovmassian presented on “A rare cause of acute shortness of breath in a patient with sepsis.” Chattha presented “Sixth nerve palsy in viral meningitis."
  • Ruihong Luo, M.D., internal medicine resident, Las Vegas, has been invited to present her abstract “Economic and hospitalized burden of hepatitis C in the U.S." at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2013.
  • Ivan Lopez, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics in Reno, has had his article entitled “Altitude headache” accepted for publication in the 2014 edition of Springer.
  • Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, BCD, professor of family medicine and psychiatry in Las Vegas, co-authored an article entitled Soap Star and Social Worker: A Tale of Two Lives” published in the Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education. She was also presented with a Certificate of Commendation from U.S. Senator Harry Reid by Janice Miller, his regional representative, for 22 years of service at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • Peggy Dupey, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, has been recommended as a reviewer for Academic Medicine, the AAMC’s monthly peer-reviewed journal. She is accepting this position as a member of the AAMC’s Group on Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Goutham Menon, Christine Braunworth, Mary Hylton
From left to right: Dr. Goutham Menon, Director School of Social Work, Christine Braunworth, Dr. Mary Hylton

Braunworth named Student of the Year

The Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently recognized Christine Braunworth as the NASW Student of the Year. the chapter awarded Braunworth $500 for her honor. Braunworth exemplifies the mission and values of the social work profession and is a passionate advocate for social justice who embodies the role of social worker as change agent. She will earn her undergraduate degree in Social Work in May, 2014.

Natasha MongaAAMC grant awarded to Student Outreach Clinic

Natasha Monga, Class of 2016 and director of the Student Outreach Clinic, successfully earned a grant from the AAMC for the Joining Forces Initiative Wellness Week that begins Nov. 11. Several events are planned including a winter clothing drive for veterans, a dinner panel on military cultural competency and a presentation on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder at the Student Outreach Clinic on Nov. 16.


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