Fall 2015
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synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Reka DankoDanko Named Chief Medical Officer

Reka Danko, M.D. '08, has been promoted to chief medical officer of Northern Nevada HOPES. She has been working for HOPES part time since July 2013.

Danko has been twice named the Physician of the Quarter by the Northern Nevada Medical Center for January-March 2015 and July-September 2013.

She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and is involved in the school's alumni association. She is clinical assistant professor with the school.


Catherine Goring, M.D. '84, has been named interim chair of the School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine. She also serves as a hospitalist at Renown Health.

Suzanne Norris, Medical Technology '85, who serves in Northern Nevada Medical Center's clinical laboratory, received the 2015 Regional Member Award for The American Society for Clinical Pathology's Southwest Region. She was recognized for promoting and enhancing medical technology and for her professional service, leadership and support of ASCP activities locally.

William Povolny, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident '85 joined Saint Mary's Medical Group at its downtown Reno practice on Bell Street. Povolny attended medical school at The Ohio State University and has practiced internal medicine in northern Nevada for more than 25 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Nevada State Medical Association and Washoe County Medical Society.

Barbara Latenser, M.D. '85 passed away on June 15, 2015 after a long battle with brain cancer. After completion of medical school and her residency, she accepted a trauma fellowship at the hospital of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Katie Dolan, M.D. '95 joined Saint Mary's Medical Group's South Virginia Street location in Reno.

John Hess, M.D. '95 joined Saint Mary's Medical Group's South Virginia Street location in Reno.

Steve Mashour, M.D. '98 joined Saint Mary's Medical Group to practice in its new pulmonary and critical care outpatient office. He has practiced pulmonary medicine in northern Nevada for more than 10 years. He completed his internal medicine residency at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Susan Park, M.D. '05 joined Renown Medical Acupuncture. In addition to previous training in acupuncture, she earned a certification of added qualification in sports medicine.

Jason Webb, M.D. '07 was selected as an inspiring Hospice and Palliative Leader under the age of 40 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is associate program director for the hospice and palliative medicine fellowship program at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Helen Gray, M.D'08, Family Medicine '11, recently married Clark Schnase and relocated to Washington state to begin working at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Cory Richardson, M.D. '10 began his advanced surgical training at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery this summer. He is the ninth surgeon to be accepted for the one-year fellowship training program. Following completion of medical school, he entered the School of Medicine's surgery residency program, where he served as chief resident.

Juan Collazos, M.D. Pediatric Resident '11 joined HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Las Vegas. Board certified in pediatrics, he received his medical degree at Universidad Del Valle in Cali, Colombia and completed his residency at the School of Medicine in Las Vegas. Collazos completed a research fellowship with the pediatric cardiology division at the School of Medicine and Children's Heart Center.

Ty Jones, M.D. Sports Medicine Fellow '15, joined Proliance Orthopedic Associates, located in Washington state.