School of Medicine names Klass senior associate dean

New leadership role will enhance efforts to support the underserved statewide

Evan Klass

Evan Klass, M.D., senior associate dean for statewide initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Photo by Matt Lush.

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine named Evan Klass, M.D., to the position of senior associate dean for statewide initiatives.

"Dr. Klass' appointment as senior associate dean for statewide initiatives is a reflection of the strong commitment by UNR Med to its statewide vision and mission, and of his success in developing a robust portfolio of outreach programs in telehealth, rural health and the physician assistant training program," said Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of UNR Med.

The Office of Statewide Initiatives houses a number of outreach programs that support Nevada's medically underserved. These include the Nevada State Office of Rural Health, Area Health Education Center, the AIDS Education and Training Center, the Office of Health Workforce and Policy, UNR Med's telehealth program, Project ECHO Nevada and the UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program.

"My promotion to senior associate dean reflects the commitment of Dean Schwenk and UNR Med to fulfilling our mission of serving underserved populations across Nevada, whether rural, frontier or urban," Klass said.

Klass, previously the director, Office of Statewide Initiatives, earned his medical degree in 1976 from New York Medical College. He spent most of his career in private practice before coming to UNR Med in 2007. Klass is also a member of the American College of Physicians, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Endocrine Society, and American Diabetes Association.


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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.

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