Myron J. Gomez, M.D., FACS named as surgery co-chair for University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

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A headshot of Dr. Myron Gomez.

UNR Med has named Myron J. Gomez, M.D., FACS as a co-chair of UNR Med's department of surgery. Photo courtesy of Western Surgical Group. 

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has named Myron J. Gomez, M.D., FACS as a co-chair of UNR Med's department of surgery.

Dr. Gomez, a founding partner in Western Surgical Group and Surgeon in Chief at Renown Regional Medical Center joins Lori Rawson, M.D., as department of surgery co-chair. Dr. Rawson also serves as chief of surgery at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.  

In his new role, Dr. Gomez will ensure UNR Med students receive hospital-based and office education at Renown Health, the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Carson Tahoe Health, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, and throughout northern Nevada. The UNR Med department of surgery provides fundamental surgical training to third and fourth-year medical students. Electives in surgery are critical for medical students choosing careers in general surgery and specialties such as orthopedics, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), plastic surgery, neurosurgery and urology. Surgical training for medical students is hands-on and includes patient care in the hospital, clinics, and the operating room.  

UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program students rotate through the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System; and Western Surgical Group for surgical training, where Dr. Gomez is an attending surgeon.   

"Under the leadership of Drs. Rawson and Gomez, we are delivering a comprehensive medical education experience to our third and fourth-year students through the department of surgery and in-hospital training," said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "Dr. Gomez' vast experience will springboard basic education in surgical principles for UNR Med medical students, as well as encourage students who choose surgery specialties to excel as surgeons and  eventually practice in northern Nevada, our rural communities and our state."  

Dr. Gomez has been practicing surgery in the Reno community for nearly thirty years. In 1989, he guided Washoe Medical Center, now Renown Regional to verification as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and trauma center designation by the State of Nevada. He currently serves the American College of Surgeons as a trauma center site reviewer. As a founding partner at Western Surgical Group, he has been instrumental in developing innovative practices in Reno that continually assess new surgical approaches to benefit patients. He has served as Chief of Surgery at both Saint Mary's and Renown South Meadows.   

He is currently surgeon in chief and medical director of trauma services at Renown Regional Medical Center.  

Dr. Gomez earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Tufts University in Boston. He received his surgical training at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville. He has completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at University of Tennessee and was a fellow in emergency surgery at Stanford University Hospital.   

Dr. Gomez is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Surgical Critical Care, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.    

Dr. Gomez is a fellow of the American College of Surgery. He also is a member of the Washoe County Medical Society, the Nevada State Medical Association, and the Fellowship Societe International de Chirurgie.  

Dr. Gomez replaces Jim Harris, M.D. as co-chair of surgery. Dr. Harris was the UNR Med surgery clerkship director prior to becoming a department of surgery co-chair with Dr. Rawson, in 2018. Dr. Harris continues to serve as a UNR Med community faculty member. 

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday March 16, 2021 @ 8:00 AM