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School of Medicine in the News

UNR Ranks High in Affordable Medical School Survey


Summer is a season of decision for students deciding where to pursue a medical degree. The biggest hurdle is the cost. It's a rewarding, but very costly career… too costly for too many. Dr. Thomas Schwenk, Dean of the UNR School of Medicine told us, says it’s a growing concern.

How Higher Ed Would Feel Medicaid Cuts

• Inside Higher Ed

Thomas Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said that after many states expanded Medicaid, teaching hospitals that serve as safety-net institutions found themselves on more sound financial footing.

The 20 most affordable U.S. medical schools

• USA Today

Although being a doctor can be a rewarding profession, the cost of medical school can be a huge barrier for aspiring students. It can also lead to massive student debt – around $164,800 on average, according to a new Student Loan Hero study. 13. University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; Annual tuition: $26,114 (in-state); Average medical school debt: $135,788; Students receiving institutional aid: 84 percent; University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates have one of the higher average student loan balances among the top 20. However, they still fall just about $29,000 below the average amount of debt. This school also offers low tuition and plenty of financial aid opportunities.

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno Aim to Repurpose Experimental Cancer Therapy to Treat Muscular Dystrophy

• EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) have demonstrated that a drug originally targeted unsuccessfully to treat cancer may have new life as a potential treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Air conditioning: Men vs. women


The professor with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, says biologically men and women are different. And when it comes to body temperature, size matters in terms of what it takes to burn off excess heat.

New coroner to lead strapped LA County morgue after stints in New York, San Diego

• Los Angeles Daily News

Lucas also served as a medical examiner for New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner, where he performed 548 forensic autopsies, the CEO noted. He holds a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UC Riverside.

Volunteers learn how to 'stop the bleed'

• KTNV Ch. 13

Dr. Douglas Fraser is Chief of Trauma Surgery and an assistant professor at The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He was a part of team helping teach a "Stop The Bleed" training course.

Marine Vet and Doctor Fight Assisted Suicide in Nevada

• Free Beacon

Dr. Brian Callister, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said that he decided to speak out on the issue after reaching out to insurance companies in California and Oregon to transfer two patients to other hospitals in order to receive life-saving treatment. The episode is now the focus of a campaign ad issued by opponents of assisted suicide.

Retail Marijuana: A Public Health Expert's Concerns


John Packham is the Director of Health Policy Research at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He’s also a member of the state’s Consumer Safety, Education and Health Working Group advising Governor Brian Sandoval’s Task Force for the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana.

Elko alumna graduates from UNR medical school

• Elko Daily Free Press

Amy Brownlee Lilly, Elko High School class of 2007, graduated from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine on May 19 and will begin her residency in pathology at the University of North Carolina in July.

American Board of Family Medicine Elects New Officers and Board Members


Dr. Spogen is a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where he also serves as Chair of the school’s Department of Family Medicine and as the Director of Medical Education. He is also the Medical Director and Faculty Advisor of the school’s Student Outreach Clinic. Dr. Spogen recently served as a Director on the AAFP’s Board of Directors.

UNR School of Medicine announces free June clinic

• KOLO Ch. 8

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announces its free Student Outreach Clinic for June, in a continuing effort to assist northern Nevada’s medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Onset of Menopause can increase risk of heart disease

• KLO Ch. 8

“There are endogenous hormones that play a role in this, but there is a question at what point do these endogenous hormones—estrogen, progesterone—cause changes the systems are looking into. And what kicks these hormones into having these effects? So those are issues we have yet to figure out,” says Dr. Neda Etezadi, Interim Chairman of the OB/GYN residency program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Vascular BioSciences Announces Publication of “Assessment of microRNA and gene dysregulaton in pulmonary hypertension by endoarterial biopsy” in the Current Issue of Pulmonary Circulation


Dr. Abraham Rothman, M.D., of the Children’s Heart Center, Nevada and Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and study first author states, “Measuring miRNA (and other molecular) changes directly in individual patients at specific stages of their disease process offers great promise for advancing knowledge of the molecular mechanisms and designing specific personalized therapy.”

Reno could lead health-tech revolution: Mike Kazmierski

• Reno Gazette-Journal

We have some real “first mover” advantages such as: our proximity to the Bay Area; our somewhat insulated multigenerational population; Renown’s focus on “health” rather than health care; the research expertise of the Desert Research Institute, the UNR School of Medicine and its biomedical research; the support of the governor and his Office of Economic Development (GOED); the recent 23andMe collaboration to enroll 10,000 residents for genetic testing; the significant growth of technology in the region; our outdoor quality of life; and our access to Switch, the largest data center in the world – all make us uniquely qualified to lead these efforts to change the health care model for the world!

Primary care of patients with chronic pain

• The JAMA Network

Primary care physicians have the responsibility for the care of patients with chronic pain… Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., corresponding author.

Nye County health a focus as deadline extended

• Pahrump ValleyTimes

John Packham, director of health policy research at Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said the Pahrump Community Health Needs Assessment is currently underway as officials received a few hundred responses.