Noteworthy News

Noteworthy News

September 2014

Honors and Awards

Healthcare Heroes
Photo 1, Left to Right: Vice President & Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., Dr. Joshua Bardin, Nancy Roget, M.S., MFT, David P. AuCoin, Ph.D., President Marc Johnson, Ph.D. Photo 2, Left to Right: Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., Associate Dean Dr. Miriam Bar-on, President Marc Johnson, Ph.D.

DHS and School of Medicine faculty honored as Healthcare Heroes

Congratulations to the four DHS faculty members and a university student medical fraternity that were honored at the 2014 Healthcare Heroes Awards, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Nevada Business Magazine. The program recognizes Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada winners across 10 categories at two events. Proceeds from both events benefit Nevada students looking to pursue a career in healthcare education. Winners are chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges that includes healthcare executives and Nevada decision makers.

In northern Nevada, Joshua Bardin, M.D., FACS, adjunct clinical professor, was honored in the Educator category for his outstanding volunteer service in teaching at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Nancy Roget, M.S., M.F.T., executive director of the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technology (CASAT), Division of Health Sciences, won in the Community Partner category for her innovative leadership in directing the multi-million dollar grant funded organization and for providing funding and support for a student outreach and substance abuse clinic on the university campus. David AuCoin, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology & immunology at the School of Medicine, was named the technology and research healthcare hero for his work with DxDiscover, a biotech start-up that focuses on translating diagnostic research into FDS=approved products along with his research related to melioidosis. Additionally, the Phi Delta Epsilon Nevada Alpha, international medical fraternity at the University of Nevada, Reno received the Non Profit award for the volunteerism and fundraising related to children's healthcare.

In southern Nevada, Miriam E. Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, University of Nevada School of Medicine received the Administrator Healthcare Hero award for her work in administering the 21 graduated allopathic graduate medical programs including residencies and fellowships.

Dr. Gaspar De Alba to be honored at Autism gala in October

Mario Gaspar De Alba, M.D., FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus will be honored with the Autism Community Care Award at the upcoming Fashion for Autism Gala event to benefit children and families affected by autism in Nevada. The event is October 24 at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. For information about purchasing tickets, please contact Wendy Nelson, development director.

Publications and Presentations

  • Ty Jones, M.D., sports medicine fellow, Department of Family Medicine, Las Vegas campus has published an article, "Does Obesity Affect Outcomes for Patients Undergoing Total Knee Replacement for Osteoarthritis?" in the August 2014 issue of Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Vani Dandolu, M.D., MPH, MBA, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus, was interviewed in Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network regarding her study and presentation on apical prolapse repairs.
  • Matthew MiloneMatthew Milone, J.D., (pictured, right) senior associate dean for legal affairs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and Mistee Arias Galicia, J.D.,assistant general counsel, authored articles in the August, 2014 issue of Nevada Lawyer. Galicia's article, "HIPAA and Private Causes of Action," and Milone's article, "The State Bar of Nevada's insurance and health law section: On the forefront of the law," discussed the Affordable Care Act and its legal implications in Nevada.
  • Peter Reed, Ph.D., director of the Sanford Center for Aging,was interviewed on the radio by Connie McMullen of Senior Spectrum and Boomer publications which aired on August 26 and was also a guest on Lise Mousel's Lise on Life program on August 29. Both interviews were on 101.3 KRNG-FM Renegade Radio.
  • Vena Davis, therapist at Mojave Adult, Child and Family Services, Las Vegas, will be presenting "Dialectical Behavior Therapy" at the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Conference Sept. 18-20, 2014.
  • William Zamboni, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery and associate dean for clinical affairs, School of Medicine, Las Vegas campus was featured in an online video "53 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Reno-Movato".

Faculty and Staff

Cherie Singer
Cherie Singer, Ph.D.

Dr. Cherie Singer named Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology was appointed to Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs (ASA) at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Singer has been serving as the ASA dean in an interim role since January and has demonstrated a tireless commitment to the students during the transition period. She has worked closely with staff and faculty to promote an environment of academic and professional success for our students.

Dr. Singer is longtime Nevadan. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her doctorate in Pharmacology at the University of Washington and has been a member of the Pharmacology Department at UNSOM since 1998. In addition to her role as the Associate Dean, Dr. Singer will remain an active member of the Pharmacology Department, continuing her research on the molecular mechanisms contributing to inflammatory lung disease

Newman joins Dean's office in Las Vegas

Tessa Newman has joined the School of Medicine Dean's office in Las Vegas as an Administrative Assistant II (AAII). She just completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from UNLV and previously worked one year as an AAII for School of Medicine Human Resources in Las Vegas. Newman will be working at the front desk of suite 400 in the 2040 W. Charleston Building. In addition to providing administrative support to the Dean's office Tessa will be coordinating video conference reservations for the 4th floor conference rooms and can provide parking assistance when needed in Las Vegas. She will also be providing support to Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Wendy Nelson, and Feride McAlpine with their work as it relates to the Dean's office.


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