Fall 2016
Class Chat

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Daphne Scott, M.D.Daphne Scott, M.D.'10 (left) joined the New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery and its outpatient clinic, Stamford Outpatient Center, as a family medicine physician. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and her sports medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Molly Torvinen, M.D.Molly Torvinen, M.D.'11, family medicine residency '14, is practicing in Fallon, Nev. with Northern Nevada Medical Group. Photos by John Ries.


Nicholas Blavatsky, M.D.'81, is an orthopedic physician at St. James Healthcare in Montana. Prior to joining Montana Orthopedics, he practiced in Florida for 15 years where he helped Winter Haven Hospital achieve its designation as a Top 100 hospital for joint replacement. During his tenure as an orthopedic surgeon, he has performed thousands of joint replacement surgeries.

Ty Erickson, M.D.'83, is a visiting specialty physician at William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic in Ely, Nev. He is dual-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Tracey Green, M.D.'85, became the new senior associate vice dean for clinical affairs at the UNLV School of Medicine.

Grace Davis, M.D.‘88, has joined Mutual of Omaha as vice president and medical director, serving as a medical consultant for individual pre-retirement insurance products. Prior to joining Mutual of Omaha, Davis was an assistant professor and internal medicine physician with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has previously served as a consulting medical director with Mid America Agency Services in Omaha and as a physician with Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Davis completed her residency at the University of California, Irvine.

Gregory Harbach, M.D.‘94, joined Banner Health in Fallon, Nev. as an orthopedic surgeon. He served a residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., and a foot and ankle fellowship with the Orthopaedic Specialists of Charleston, S.C. While with the Navy, he completed special training in flight surgeon school at the Naval Aerospace and Operational Medical Institute in Pensacola, Fla., and a combat casualty care course in San Antonio, Texas. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon at Naval hospitals in Jacksonville, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.; was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008; and twice deployed as a flight surgeon for carrier air wings. Most recently, he worked as an orthopedic surgeon for Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

Thomas McCormick, M.D.'97, general surgery, is practicing with Northern Nevada Medical Group in Fallon, Nev.

Jacob Blake, M.D.‘04, pain management specialist, joined Truckee Surgery Center. He works at Sierra Neurosurgery Group and sees patients in Truckee and Reno. Blake specializes in interventional pain management services for both acute and chronic pain including epidural steroid injections, joint injections, blocks and radio-frequency lesioning. He completed residency in anesthesiology at University of California, San Diego, where he was both chief resident and Regional Anesthesia Resident of the Year.

Heather Lucas-Ross, M.D.‘04, was named Western Sierra Medical Center Clinic's new chief medical officer. Lucas-Ross, is stepping up from the post of chief physician and will help guide care and delivery for the Grass Valley (Calif.)-based medical clinic as it expands into Auburn and takes over for the Placer County Medical Clinic.

Riley Hale, M.D.'05, joined the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies in Fort Collins, Colo. as a surgeon specializing in the care of adults who need to have hip or knee replacement surgery, or surgery for fractures and trauma.
David Johnson, M.D.'05, medical director of the Carson Tahoe Center for Wound Healing in Carson City, Nev. earned Physician of the Year award from Healogics, Inc.

Raffi Hovsepian, M.D., surgery resident ‘06, was invited by American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to perform a live surgery with a colleague at the "World Premier: Facial Rejuvenation 2016 - Master of Techniques" event, which was held from his office and broadcasted live for continuing medical education of medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Laura Sullivan, M.D.'07, joined Maine Medical Partners in Portland, Maine specializing in all aspects of non-invasive imaging, including cardiac MRI, CT angiography and transesophageal echocardiography. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee and a cardiology fellowship at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was a clinical instructor for internal medicine residents and medical students.

Juanne Osigweh, M.D., surgical critical care resident ‘09, joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY as a clinical assistant professor. She completed a fellowship in burn surgery at Cincinnati's Shriners Hospital for Children.

Jacob Zucker, M.D.'10, a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, was named prom king at the Riley Cancer Center Prom.