School of Medicine faculty honored as 2013 Healthcare Heroes

Recognized by Nevada Business magazine for their contributions to health care in Nevada

LAS VEGAS/RENO, Nev. - Five University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty earned honors at Nevada Business magazine's 8th Annual Healthcare Heroes award dinners in Las Vegas and Reno in September.

The annual award program honors Nevadans making significant contributions to health care across 10 categories in both the northern and southern regions of the state. Proceeds from both banquets benefit students pursuing careers in health care education.

At the Southern Nevada banquet on Sept. 10, family medicine physician Dr. Thomas Hunt was recognized in the community partner category for his work with the Nevada Radiation and Exposure Screening and Education Program, which offers free cancer screenings will bring free cancer screening clinics to Nevadans who lived near or worked at the Nevada Test Site during the period of atmospheric nuclear testing (1951 – 1963).

In Northern Nevada, three faculty members were honored at the Sept. 12 banquet. They included pediatric pulmonologist Sonia Budhecha, M.D., in the educator category, for her work in diagnosing and treating children with lung and allergy problems; Wei Yan, M.D., in the research/technology category, for his work on the molecular biological mechanisms controlling reproduction and early development; and Evan Klass, M.D., in the community partner category, for his work in Nevada's rural communities to bring medical expertise to primary care physicians through the Project ECHO program.

Faculty internist Charles Krasner, M.D., was recognized as the nonprofit healthcare hero for his work as medical director at the Northern Nevada HOPES clinic.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.