2019 News Articles

News & Events

University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care opens its doors

 • Residents, physicians, faculty, administrators, medical assistants and staff gathered at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, to witness UNR Med history in the making: the grand opening of University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care at 6130 Plumas St., in Reno.

Reflections from the Dean: Announcing University Health

 • Welcome to a new era and a new strategic priority for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. I am proud to announce the launch of University Health, the clinical arm of UNR Med. While we have always managed small clinical practices in support of our teaching mission, we are now developing a higher profile as a community-based source of primary care, with a new brand, new offices and a new commitment to outstanding patient-centered care.

UNR Med announces University Health as new name of clinical practice

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is expanding its clinical enterprise to improve access to quality care for Nevadans while enhancing medical education. As part of its clinical expansion into the northern Nevada community, UNR Med has launched a new clinical practice under the name, University Health. The practice was formerly known as Integrated Clinical Services (ICS) Practice Plan.

New York Times best-selling author, Adam Alter keynotes the 2019 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

 • More than 700 northern Nevadans heard how our dependency on our devices is literally consuming much of our lives from New York Times best-selling author Adam Alter, Ph.D. Alter, a psychologist and researcher, was the featured keynote speaker at tonight's University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2019 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series.

Rural Health Day addresses challenges, solutions for rural access to care

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Office of Statewide Initiatives, Nevada State Office of Rural Health and Nevada Rural Hospital Partners hosted CEOs and clinicians from nearly 15 rural Nevada communities at a Rural Health Day event today to address the challenges and solutions to the statewide shortage of primary care doctors and specialists. The health care leaders discussed ways to reduce the disparities in rural access to care.

Addictive tech is taking over our lives. Here’s how to push back

 • Ten years ago, the average person could look at a photo and concentrate for 12 seconds. Today, our attention span has dropped to eight seconds. A goldfish can focus for nine. What gives? Professor, researcher and New York Times bestselling author Adam Alter, Ph.D., attributes our shrinking attention span to the advent of so-called addictive tech items like the iPhone and iPad (items that are-not coincidentally-prohibited in the homes of the same innovators who brought them to market).

Researchers pose for photo from two UNR Med laboratories who are University’s first to participate in program that helps deliver discoveries to the marketplace.

Cell lines and antibody commercialized through reagent licensing program

 • The University of Nevada, Reno has partnered with the Boston-based reagent company Kerafast to help scientists worldwide gain access to the research tools developed in the University’s laboratories. The program streamlines the process of transferring biomaterials among different research institutions, furthering the materials’ contribution to scientific progress.

Dr. Lorrel Toft named to cardiovascular clinical faculty appointments in partnership between UNR Med and Carson Tahoe Health

 • Following a collaborative recruitment between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Carson Tahoe Health, Lorrel Toft, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardiovascular critical care physician and researcher, has been recruited as an associate professor for UNR Med’s Department of Internal Medicine as well as a cardiologist on staff with Carson Tahoe Health.

Reflections from the Dean: The regenerative power of teacher-learner relationships

 • We have a crisis in medicine and medical education. We see seemingly daily reports on the deteriorating state of the mental health and well-being of medical students, residents and physicians. There is much we don't know, and much we could criticize about the general state of research in this field, but the data are clear that something serious is threatening the fundamental values of the medical profession.

UNR Med receives $7 million NIH grant award to fund new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility

 • A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), under the direction of Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., AAAS Fellow, department of physiology and cell biology, received a $7 million grant award from the Fertility and Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The grant will fund a new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (NCTRI), making UNR Med one of only eight centers in the country and the first such center to focus on sperm epigenomics.

What is unaddressed trauma and how does it affect us?

 • Most people have had traumatic experiences that impact who they are and how they respond to their lives. And, most people do fine in life without addressing these traumas with professionals. Losses due to death or relationships ending for any reason, natural disasters, betrayals, assaults, murders, shootings, intentional and accidental traumas all are impactful and shape who we are as people.

UNR Med announces Rural Outreach Clinic

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this Saturday, September 21 at an upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Rural Outreach Clinic in Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

UNR Med’s Sanford Center for Aging launches ICECAP Nevada to build capacity in geriatrics care

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Sanford Center for Aging received a five-year, $3.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, to provide primary care professionals training and other resources to assist with addressing the complex needs of older Nevadans.

Reflections from the Dean: 2019 State of the School Address

 • By the time you read this, I will have had the privilege of delivering my 9th State of the School Address on Sept. 9 at the Basin Street Club in Mackay Stadium. The achievements I highlighted that night—and the programs to which we have committed for our future—represent our past, present and future choices.

UNR Med 2019 State of the School Address focuses on strategic choices

 • Strategic growth, transformation as a northern Nevada-based school of medicine engaged with its communities and partners, and expansion of clinical services and research were themes at this year’s University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine State of the School Address.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announces senior leadership roles

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) announces senior educational and academic leadership roles. Timothy Baker, M.D., will serve as the new senior associate dean for academic affairs; Melissa Piasecki, M.D., previously executive associate dean and senior associate dean for academic affairs will take on an expansion of her role as executive associate dean, and Lisa Calvo, M.D., will serve as interim associate dean for medical education.

UNR Med students mentor next generation of bilingual health care providers

 • Growing up Mexican-American, Diana Padilla did not know any physicians who shared her cultural background. Now entering her fourth year at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, Padilla and fellow UNR Med students and members of the Latino Medical Student Association are helping to bridge that gap by mentoring bilingual northern Nevada high school students exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) health care.

Reflections from the Dean: Welcome Class of 2023

 • This month, it was our great honor to welcome the medical student Class of 2023 to UNR Med through MedFIT, which provides students the opportunity to meet their new classmates and mentors while preparing or the academically rigorous learning environment of a medical school.

UNR Med welcomes incoming class with White Coat Ceremony

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine welcomed incoming medical students with a white coat ceremony today at the Joe Crowley Student Union Milt Click Ballroom on the University campus, during which students received their first white coats on their journeys to becoming physicians.

UNR Med hosts free clinics from August through September

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this August and September 2019 at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Reflections from the Dean: You asked, we did

 • Toward the end of their second year of medical school, our students are required to take one of the major steps that defines the process of becoming a physician, Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. The daylong exam is a major source of stress for medical students across the country, and for good reason: The results can define an aspiring doctor's career trajectory.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine holds first Physician Assistant Studies Program White Coat Ceremony

 • With the first year of classroom medical education under their belts, the inaugural 24 Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) received their first white coats, officially transitioning to clinical training during a white coat ceremony held on the University campus today. The milestone marks the beginning of the students’ clinical journey toward becoming physician assistants.

Food as medicine: UNR Med integrates nutrition into med school curriculum

 • True to the old adage, “An apple a day,” more physicians are integrating nutrition into their practice, empowering patients to take charge of their long-term health. Medical schools are taking notice, incorporating nutritional education before students enter clinical practice.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine medical students honor anatomical donors for their gift of teaching and discovery

 • Death can advance life. Anatomical donors – people who donate their bodies to medical education and research after passing away, teach medical students about far more than gross anatomy. Cadavers posthumously teach medical students how to care, work as a team and develop a sense of curiosity and discovery. Anatomical donors also teach medical students how to navigate emotions they'll face when delivering bad news and helping patients through difficult treatments, in order to make them well again.

Reflections from the Dean

 • Commencement for the UNR Med Class of 2019 marked the end of a long phase of formal education and the beginning of a lifetime of informal—but even more critical—learning and professional growth.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates 63 new doctors

 • This afternoon 63 fourth-year medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) graduated as northern Nevada’s newest physicians. The class of 2019 received the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at a hooding ceremony at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno.

UNR Med students prove the couple who studies together, excels together

 • Medical school is no walk in the park. Yet a heart-warming medical student romance saw not only many a walk in the park, but a walk-turned-proposal at the lake, a walk down the aisle and ultimately, a walk across the commencement stage as Mr. and Mrs. became Dr. and Dr.

Dr. Mark Riddle named to dual clinical research appointments

 • In a joint appointment, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has named Mark Riddle, M.D., Dr.P.H., as professor of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical research and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System has named Riddle associate chief of staff for research.

Good medicine goes beyond the bedside

 • The highest quality medical practice starts in the laboratory, where scientific discoveries translate to innovative approaches to diagnosis, more powerful treatments and more complete relief of suffering. Research makes for better clinical care and better health care professionals.

UNR Med Announces Free Clinics from May through June

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this May and June 2019 at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine opens clinical research center

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has opened a new clinical research center on campus that will enhance the quality of care in northern Nevada. Clinical practice will be changed and improved through innovative research conducted in the center. Northern Nevadans will have opportunities to volunteer and participate in clinical trials conducted by scientists carrying out independent clinical, translational and educational research locally at the School of Medicine.

$11 million NIH grant advances ‘revolutionary’ cardiovascular disease research

 • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, a fact that underscores the significance of a new interdisciplinary research center being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno. Supported by an $11 million, five-year grant recently awarded through the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), a highly competitive program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the research center is focused on better understanding the molecular and cellular signals that regulate the cardiovascular system.

E-cigarettes and vaping: A troublesome epidemic

 • Electronic cigarettes in various forms have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, with an estimated 3.2 million adolescents vaping and an estimated additional 10 million teens at risk to start using e-cigarettes.

Why you should choose a baby-friendly hospital

 • Carson Medical Group's OB physicians work closely with Carson Tahoe Hospital, which is the region’s only Baby-Friendly designated Hospital. This prestigious honor is only achieved by a small number of hospitals nationwide and is awarded by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Wilfredo Torres, M.D.,

Reflections from the Dean

 • Watching the seconds tick down—that's what University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students will be doing, along with about 18,000 medical students across the country, on Friday, March 15. They have all been waiting four years for Match Day, to learn where they will train in their specialty of choice in their next phase of medical education.

UNR Med releases 2019 Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book

 • Over 2 million Nevadans, or 67.3 percent of the state's population, live in a federally designated primary health care physician shortage area. And over 80 percent of Nevada’s rural and frontier population live in health care shortage areas, according to new data from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) 2019 Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book.

How do heart attack symptoms differ in men and women?

 • With heart disease and stroke causing one in three deaths in women each year-more than all cancers combined-it's important that women know the signs of a heart attack, additional risk factors and their individual "numbers." In honor of National Heart Month, we asked Dr. Neda Etezadi-Amoli, FACOG, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, how women can safeguard their most important vital organ.

Commemorating 50 years over 50 days

 • In March 1969, the University of Nevada (now Reno) School of Medicine was founded with a special mission of expanding primary care throughout the state of Nevada, particularly to rural, isolated communities. As we celebrate our first 50 years, and look ahead to the next 50, our strategic focus has expanded to the wider vision of contributing to a Healthy Nevada, even as we transition to our fully-developed "home" in Reno and northern Nevada. While we have much progress to report for 50 years of work, there is much left for us to do.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine launches 50 for FIFTY giving campaign

 • A 50 for FIFTY Giving Campaign is being launched, today at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. To commemorate 50 years, for 50 days, from February 4 through March 25, 2019, UNR Med will be raising funds in support of better health and better health care for the state, for northern Nevada and for all residents.

UNR Med offers free, weekly diabetes prevention program

 • The Sanford Center for Aging and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Division of Endocrinology, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism will host free weekly workshops for individuals living with pre-diabetes starting February 4, 2019 and will continue to February, 2020.

Teens and social media: When is it too much?

 • The use of social apps—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat—has become an integral part of most people's lives. In contrast to traditional media where one source is going to many receivers, social media operates in a dialogic transmission system, whereby many sources interact, sometimes simultaneously, with many receivers. This provides for superior interactivity between its users. Not surprisingly, it also plays a major role in the lives of our children once they are old enough to understand how to access and use social media.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine expands health care services in northern Nevada

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is expanding both health care services and clinical education for medical students, physician assistant students and residents in northern Nevada with the purchase of 745 West Moana Lane in Reno. UNR Med is transforming the existing three-story building into a multi-specialty clinical practice that will be patient-centered as both a model of outstanding medical care and medical education.

Reflections from the Dean

 • Welcome to the New Year! The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 give us the opportunity to reflect on the past while looking towards a promising future. For the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), 2018 was a year of tremendous celebration and growth. We earned full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, kicked off our year-long 50th anniversary recognition and launched a new Physician Assistant Studies Program. As we head into 2019, the future promises continued transformation and growth, and, yes, celebration.

Research on sperm transportation reveals new cause of male infertility

 • About 9 percent of men and nearly 11 percent of women of reproductive age in the United States have experienced fertility problems, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In one-third of infertile couples, men are often the cause of the infertility. A new study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) corrects a 150-year-old concept regarding sperm transport through cilia beat. The findings could lead to new methods in treating male infertility.