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A side-by-side headshot of Dr. Piasecki and Dr. Hagen Melissa Piasecki, M.D., longtime executive associate dean, named as acting dean for University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Thursday, September 16, 2021: University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval announced that Melissa Piasecki, M.D., a longtime member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) senior leadership team and professor of psychiatry, was recruited to the role of acting dean at UNR Med. With this appointment, she will also serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Renown Health under the recently-formalized affiliation agreement between UNR Med and Renown, effective September 1, 2021. As acting dean, Piasecki will provide leadership continuity following the retirement of Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., who served as dean for 10 years before stepping down on August 31.

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Respiratory viruses effect babies differently

• Galena Times, p. 13

Winter is around the corner and children’s hospitals across the country, including ours, are preparing for an influx of babies and toddlers who will be fighting respiratory viruses. Most of these viruses also infect adults, but due to our built-up immunity and big noses, we can boot out those viruses with a good sneeze and fight the infections. Small babies, on the other hand, have tiny nasal passages, so any virus that causes swelling of the airways tends to completely block their ability to breathe.

UNR appoints new acting dean, acting executive associate dean for School of Medicine

• Reno Gazette Journal

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is temporarily under new leadership, following the retirement of former dean Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk. University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval announced Thursday that Melissa Piasecki, M.D., a longtime member of the UNR Med senior leadership team and professor of psychiatry, has taken over the role of acting dean at UNR Med.

What is Cancer?

• Galena Times, p. 9

For most of us, the word cancer elicits fear: fear for prolonged pain and suffering, fear maybe for death. While it is true that having cancer is far more serious than many other diseases or medical conditions,tremendous progress has been made over the past few decades that has translated in prolonged survival and even cure. In 2021, there are good reasons to be cautiously optimistic when dealing with cancer, although a group of cancers remains that have a bleak outcome.

Want to See What COVID Strain You Have? The Government Says No

• WebMD

There is a loophole that allows labs to release variant information: They can develop their own tests. But they then must go through a lengthy validation process that proves their tests are as effective as the gold standard, says Mark Pandori, PhD, director of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.

Staffing shortages, covid cases impacting ability of local hospitals to provide care

• This Is Reno

John Packham, associate dean at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said the supply of nurses was a problem prior to the pandemic. “I work with rural hospitals, and their ability to transfer to places like Reno and Las Vegas are now challenging, because that next level of care is just not as available right now,” he said. “You’ll be lucky if you can find another bed in Reno or Salt Lake.

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Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, delivered UNR Med's 2020 State of the School Address, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 virtually.