Inside Nevada Medicine

Inside Nevada Medicine

February 2009

Dean's Comments

Ole J. Thienhaus, M.D., MBA

The American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter held its annual conference at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. I was thrilled to see that at the scientific poster presentation all 22 research posters were authored by residents and faculty of the Departments of Internal Medicine (Las Vegas and Reno) of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

This is so important because, as clinician-teachers, we believe that learning and training in an academic environment is predicated on a fully integrated component of research. Skills and knowledge should be conveyed by professionals who also are involved in generating such knowledge.

After the fabulous performance of our internists in Las Vegas, we were celebrating the annual Bierkamper medical student research awards on Jan. 20. Again, we are trying to emphasize that critical thinking, asking questions and investigating possible answers are the key to success as an academically trained healthcare professional.

My compliments and admiration go to our trainees and students who embrace the opportunities to demonstrate their research skills, and my special thanks to the many faculty members who help them avail themselves of those opportunities. I especially want to single out our Senior Associate Dean for Research, David Lupan, our Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Peggy Dupey, and, on the graduate medical education side, our Residency Training Directors in Internal Medicine, Sandhye Wahi and Bev Parker as well as Mimi Bar-on, our associate dean for graduate medical education.

Paul Stumpf, Bill Zamboni and David Gremse, chairs of OB/GYN, surgery and pediatrics respectively, have also greatly contributed to building departments that are exemplary in fitting research integrally into the educational and service missions of our school.

All these efforts are truly inspiring: none of the daily grind of budgets, HR issues, contracts etc., can ultimately dissuade me from the notion that this enterprise, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, is a terrific undertaking, worth every ounce of my energy and dedication. I am confident that this is a sentiment shared by the leadership throughout the School.

Ole J. Thienhaus, M.D., MBA
Dean, University of Nevada School of Medicine

Medical Education

Two place with San Francisco Match program

Two members of the Class of 2009 placed with the San Francisco Match into opthalmology residency programs. Kyle Klingler will do his residency program at the Mayo Clinic and Tyson Ward will do his at the University of South Carolina.

February Student Outreach Clinic dates announced

The University of Nevada School of Medicine Student Outreach Clinics for February 2009 have been announced for the following dates: General Health Clinic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon, a Women’s Health Clinic on Monday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a Children’s Health Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.


Burkin publishes in American Journal of Pathology

Dean Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, recently co-authored a report entitled, “Laminin-111 restores regenerative capacity in a mouse model for a7 integrin congenital myopathy” that was published in the American Journal of Pathology.

Von Bartheld letter published in Science magazine

Christopher von Bartheld, M.D., professor in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, recently had an editorial letter entitled, “To each citation, a purpose” published in Science magazine, the world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

Charles appointed co-chair of SOPHE caucus

Patty Charles, DrPH, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in Reno, has been appointed as a co-chair of the National Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) University and Faculty Caucus.

In this role she will develop an action plan, coordinate and manage the caucus’s midyear and annual meeting roundtable discussions and provide an opportunity for college and university faculty members to network and exchange ideas to support the national office of SOPHE.

New sports medicine fellow named in Reno

The School of Medicine announces the addition of Tony Chang, M.D., to the sports medicine fellowship which begins its second year this July in Reno.

Nominations being accepted for student research award

David Lupan, Ph.D., senior associate dean for basic science and research, is accepting nominations of any graduating medical students deserving of recognition for their research accomplishment while in medical school.

Once nominations are received, a committee will be formed to identify an appropriate awardee for the Sandra A. Daugherty Medical Student Research Award. Please send your recommendations to Lupan at M/S 338 or by Feb. 13.

Health Literacy and Aging faculty training session on Feb. 9

The Nevada Geriatric Education Center will present another session in its faculty training series on health literacy and aging on Feb. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. through statewide interactive video.

The session, on “whole personal care,” will be held in Reno at Pennington 20, in the Las Vegas Dean’s Conference Room and at Griswold Hall in Elko along with other rural location. CE credit is available. Registration is free by calling (702) 671-2381 or emailing Allan Froman.

Grant writing workshop set for Feb. 27

Nevada INBRE has arranged for a full-day grant writing workshop on Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 16 of the Pennington Education Building in Reno and the Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center in Las Vegas. The workshop will emphasis both conceptual and practical aspects and address idea development, writing for reviewers and tips and strategies.

Presenter M.S. Atkisson, Ph.D., established the grant writing and grantsmanship program at Tufts University last year. Fees are $50 before Jan. 30 or $80 after Jan. 30. Registration deadline is Feb. 13 and can be completed online or by calling (775) 784-6544.

'Revitalize Your Teaching' workshop planned for April 9

Save the date for the “50 Ways to Leave Your Lecture: Revitalizing Your Teaching” brown bag workshop on April 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Pennington 214 with pictel to the Las Vegas pediatrics conference room.

Trudy Larson, M.D., professor with the Department of Pediatrics in Reno, offers this interactive faculty development workshop designed to invigorate your teaching materials. RSVP via phone at (775) 784-6777 or

New Hires, Promotions, Departures and Staff Recognitions

Sohn retires after 37 years with School of Medicine

Anton Sohn, M.D.Anton Sohn, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pathology, was honored at a retirement reception Jan. 22 in the History of Medicine room of the Savitt Medical Library.

Sohn has been with the School of Medicine since 1971 and served as professor and chair since 1985. He founded the History of Medicine program as well as the genetics program in 1988. That same year he also received the NSMA President’s Award for service to organized medicine.

He founded the Greasewood Tablettes Bulletin in 1989 and the Greasewood Press in 1997.

An established writer, Sohn served as Nevada editor of the Western Journal of Medicine from 1990 through 1995 and published six articles, five abstracts, 11 books on the history of medicine and four book reviews since 1997.

He designed, built and contributed to the History of Medicine library and the History of Medicine Room in addition to raising funds for those programs.

Under Sohn’s leadership, the Department of Pathology has been recognized as the most outstanding basic science department for five of the last seven years.

Sohn received his medical degree from the University of Indiana in 1961.

Employees of the Year announced

Employees of the Year 2008The University of Nevada School of Medicine and University Health System, its clinical practice, recently announced their employees of the year for 2008.

Luci Young (left), assistant to David Lupan, Ph.D., senior associate dean for basic science and research, was honored as the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Star winner in Reno.

Marsha Gallo (center), with the Department of Internal Medicine, was recognized as the school’s Dean’s Star winner for Las Vegas.

Isela Rico-Martinez (right), with the Department of Surgery in Las Vegas, was named University Health System employee of the year.

Hanna-Manfull joins OB/GYN department

Charlene D. Hanna-Manfull, CNM, MS recently joined the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from Columbus, Ohio. Hanna-Manfull comes with experience in medical missions work in Honduras and Dominican Republic, and special interest in preventive healthcare and adolescent medicine.

She will be devoting her immediate attention to developing the all-women obstetrical practice in collaboration with Ming Zhou, M.D. and other faculty members.

School Notes

'Changing Face of Medicine' exhibit to feature faculty speakers

Several faculty members from the School of Medicine will be guest speakers at the "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," an interactive, multimedia traveling exhibit that honors the lives and achievements of past and present American women in medicine, on display at Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, from Feb. 15 through March 26.

Anton Sohn, M.D., retired chairman of pathology and founder of the History of Medicine Program will speak at the exhibit on March 5; Trudy Larson, M.D., professor of pediatrics will speak on March 12 and Cheryl Hug-English, M.D., MPH, medical director of the UNR Student Health Center will talk on March 19. All faculty talks will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"Changing the Face of Medicine" features stories from a rich diversity of women physicians from around the nation and highlights the broad range of medicine that women have practiced.

Two interactive kiosks traveling with the exhibition offer access to the National Library of Medicine's "Local Legends" Web site, which spotlights outstanding women physicians from every state, and to the Web site created for the larger exhibition at the NLM.

“Changing the Face of Medicine" was developed by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

Its Reno appearance is a collaborative effort among the Washoe County Library System, University of Nevada School of Medicine and Savitt Medical Library.

Healthcare community discussion report available

Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, asked healthcare workers across the country to participate in a community discussion at the request of then President-elect Obama. On Dec. 30, 2008, a broad range of medical professionals from the University of Nevada School of Medicine met for a healthcare community discussion.

Faculty from medicine, nursing, public health, social work and speech pathology met via pictel for a vigorous discussion.

Training offered for caregivers of those suffering from dementia

The Nevada Geriatric Education Center (a joint program between the Sanford Center for Aging and the University of Nevada School of Medicine) is holding a conference for caregivers of those suffering from dementia.

The conference takes place on Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 103 of the William J. Raggio Building at the University of Nevada, Reno and again on Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas.

Free elder care workshop offered in Yerington

The Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Geriatric Education Center (a joint program between the Sanford Center for Aging and the University of Nevada School of Medicine) held two free workshops on caring for older adults in Yerington on Jan. 29 and 30.

Call for submissions for The Stethoscope

The School of Medicine's annual journal of literature and art, The Stethoscope, is now accepting submissions for publication this spring. Editors are looking for original and creative submissions, including short stories, poems, essays, drawings, photography, jokes, and other artistic work, from students, faculty, and friends of the School.

The subject matter can be virtually anything, and does not need to be medically related. From the whimsical to the serious, we want to see it! Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in each category. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 25. Submissions may be emailed to Michael or Jamie.

New resource available at Savitt Library

Savitt Medical Library director Terry Henner announces the addition of a new online resource, The Medical Letter to support teaching and clinical practice.

This searchable database is an independent, peer-reviewed, nonprofit publication that offers unbiased critical evaluations of drugs, with special emphasis on new drugs.

Alumnus named medical director of arthroplasty at Renown

Eric Boyden, M.D., was named medical director of arthroplasty (joint replacement) services in the orthopedics department of Renown Regional Medical Center. Boyden has practiced at Reno Orthopedic Clinic since 1993.

He received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1988 and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic.

Diversity in Medicine Art exhibit opens at Savitt

The School of Medicine observes its 10th Annual Diversity in Medicine Art exhibit in February at the Savitt Medical Library. For the first time, this year's exhibit will be feature works of art from the entire Division of Health Sciences.

Drop by during library hours to see the diversity of talent, creativity and experiences among faculty, staff and students.

The exhibit runs the entire month of February.

Status of LCME accreditation visit

Visit the School of Medicine Web site for an update on the progress of the LCME accreditation visit in 2009.

State job openings at the School of Medicine

Visit the University of Nevada, Reno Web site for a current list of state jobs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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