Advisory Board


Kelle L. Brogan, M.D.Kelle L. Brogan, M.D., AAHPM

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Palliative Care Associates, President and Owner
Medical Director for Palliative Care at Renown Regional Medical Center
Associate Medical Director, Saint Mary's Hospice of Northern Nevada

Kelle Brogan, M.D., graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in 1986 and has been clinical faculty since completing her postgraduate training with Internal Medicine-Reno Residency in 1989. Dr. Brogan started at the VAH as ward attending as well as taking students at Saint Mary's Hospice (which she continues to do). Dr. Brogan gives several lectures on EOL and Palliative Care to residents and first and second year medical students. She has been a preceptor to first and second year medical students for the past four years. In the past three and a half years she has worked with numerous fourth year students, residents, as well as Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Fellows on her Palliative Care service at Renown. Most recently, in conjunction with her mission program, Dr. Brogan took a fourth year medical student (as part of the student's rural rotation) to India.

Reka P. Danko, M.D.Reka P. Danko, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Northern Nevada Medical Center, Hospitalist
Northern Nevada HOPES, Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director

Reka Danko, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where she also completed her postgraduate internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Following board certification, Dr. Danko joined a hospitalist practice at Northern Nevada Medical Center, an acute care hospital in Sparks, Nevada. In 2013, Dr. Danko also began working at Northern Nevada HOPES, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Reno, where she offers primary care and specialty services to patients. In 2014, she accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Danko has also remained active at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor since completion of her postgraduate training. In Practice of Medicine and Advanced Clinical Skills courses, she is a preceptor to students, in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, through the fall, spring and summer semesters of the medical curriculum. Dr. Danko has also had teaching appointments as course director in Practice of Medicine, a systems based clinical skills course, where she contributed to curriculum development, standardized patient instruction, and clinical case development with focus on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual (BPSS) model. She also remains active as community faculty in advising students, giving classroom lectures, academic hospitalist work, and student remediation.

Richard R. Falkenberg, M.D.Richard R. Falkenberg, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dr. Falkenberg received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine in 1990. After which he interned with Transitional Program Harbor-UCLA and completed his residency in Anesthesiology, subspecialty Trauma Anesthesiology, at the USC-LA County Medical Center. Dr. Falkenberg has been teaching at the School of Medicine over the past 13 years. Most of his involvement has been in small group and team learning. He has been Co-Director for the Clinical Problem Solving course and Director of Team Based Learning. He continues as a volunteer instructor and as a facilitator for group exercises with first and second year medical students.

Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.Peter R. Fenwick, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
State of Nevada Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA)

Peter Fenwick, M.D., FAAFP, was one of four original School of Medicine preceptors that began teaching students in 1981 when the school converted to a four-year program. He is the only one of the four who still precepts in northern Nevada, continuing his involvement with the medical school by precepting at the Student Outreach Clinics. Originally from England, Fenwick graduated from the 600-year-old St. Andrews University in Scotland. Following postgraduate training in neurosurgery, general surgery and obstetrics, he volunteered to go to countries with minimal medical care and was sent to Anguilla in the British West Indies. His broad background was quite helpful there as he was the only physician on the island of 7,000 people for a period of two and a half years. Following this, he spent nine years in the Royal Air Force as a Squadron Medical Officer. He then came to Reno in the late 1970s and ended up taking a position as an emergency medicine physician at what was then the Washoe Medical Center, now known as Renown Health. From there, he moved into private family practice for the next 30 years. During that period he was Chief of the Family Practice Department at both major Reno hospitals and spent nine years on the Board of Hometown Health. In 1981, he was approached by the School of Medicine to precept first- and third-year medical students. He was honored in 2007 with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Thomas J. Scully Praeceptor Carissimus Award. Dr. Fenwick says he loves teaching students and finds he also learns from teaching. He remembers how he was taught and wants to extend that experience.

Brad T. Graves, M.D.Brad T. Graves, M.D.

Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Hospitalist, Department of Internal Medicine-Reno

Brad Graves, M.D. attended the School of Medicine from 1980-1984. Shortly after, Dr. Graves joined the Internal Medicine-Las Vegas Residency; completing it in 1987. He became full time faculty with the School of Medicine, serving from 1987-1988. Dr. Graves then served as a Community Faculty member with the School of Medicine from 1988-2000. In 2000, Dr. Graves began serving as full time faculty with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine-Reno; where he is presently serving today.

Monica E. Payne, M.D.Monica E. Payne, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
VA Sierra Nevada HealthCare System, Reno, Academic Hospitalist

Monica Payne, M.D. is an academic hospitalist at the VA hospital in Reno. She attended medical school in New York City at Weill Cornell Medical College. There, she became interested in internal medicine, geriatrics, as well as the medical care of patients struggling with homelessness and substance abuse. As a resident at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee she saw complex tertiary and quaternary care and considered sub-specializing in infectious disease or pulmonology. However, at the Nashville VA, she found her calling in general medicine and caring for veterans. Dr. Payne has been a drifter for years but has now found a home at the Reno VA. She loves her work there, where she teaches medicine to residents and medical students. She is especially interested in the medical challenges faced by Reno's veterans.

Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.Paul Y. Shonnard, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
AANA Master Instructor
President Nevada Orthopedics
Chief of Staff Renown South Meadows

Paul Shonnard, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and did his residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He also completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is consistently ranked in the top two orthopedic hospitals in the country. He has been practicing in Reno since 1996.

Dr. Shonnard has ongoing research programs in hip arthroscopy and percutaneous calcaneus fracture work. He is an associate master instructor in hip arthroscopy at the academies learning center as well as providing lectures and teachings on hip arthroscopy at national and international seminars on an ongoing basis. Dr. Shonnard has completed chapter submissions for a recent Germany based hip arthroscopy textbook. His work on calcaneous was presented at the National meeting of the Orthopedic Trauma Association. Dr. Shonnard is a Nevada native and comes from a large family. His father was a vascular surgeon and he has five older brothers and one older sister. Dr. Shonnard enjoys skiing, hunting, athletics and spending time with his wife and family. He is actively involved in skiing and ski racing programs, in addition to many other outdoor activities. Dr. Shonnard is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is licensed by the State of Nevada.