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Nevada Medicine Weekly | June 27, 2017

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Megan Swank

Megan Swank reviews the contents of her great grandfather's medical bag in the History of Medicine room. Photo by James Rutter.

Discovering Family History at Savitt Medical Library

When a student told Megan Swank, Au.D., CCC-A, about the medical bag bearing her last name on display outside Savitt Medical Library, she doubted there was any connection to her.

"I've been here for three years as an instructor and this was the first time I'd heard about it," Swank said. "Initially I thought there was no way it was connected to me, but when I saw the name on the bag, James L. Swank, I realized it was my great grandfather's. It was a very emotional moment."

Swank had forgotten that her great grandfather, James Levy Swank, M.D., had practiced medicine as a general physician in Las Vegas before his death in 1961. "I thought it was pretty amazing, because I don't know much about him. He died before I was born," said Swank.

Initially, little was known about the bag's history, other than it was donated to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's History of Medicine program in 1989 by a Dr. Joseph George. Upon opening the bag, Swank discovered a letter and blood pressure cuff inside, both of which were previously unknown to current curators of the History of Medicine collection.

"It's really interesting holding something that belonged to someone related to you. When I opened it and discovered there was more, I had goose bumps running up my arms," Swank said.

Learn what was inside Dr. Swank's bag…


Sanford Center for Aging Moves to UNR Med July 1

Effective July 1, Sanford Center for Aging will become a unit within the School of Medicine. The Sanford Center for Aging has historically been housed within the Division of Health Sciences. Based on existing collaborations, the Board of Regents agreed that the revised structure made the most sense for both entities.

"During the past couple decades, the Sanford Center for Aging has supported a range of community services to enhance the well-being of elder Nevadans," said Peter Reed, Ph.D., MPH, Sanford Center for Aging director. "With new clinical services, the latest being the new Sanford Center Geriatric Clinic, there is strong alignment with UNR Med. It is exciting to consider the possibilities for new clinical, research and teaching collaborations."

UNR Med, Renown Health Publish in JAMA

Thomas Schwenk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, recently co-authored an article titled "Primary Care of Patients With Chronic Pain," which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) June 20.

"My co-authors and I hope that our clinical recommendations will help primary care clinicians minimize the use of opioids. The easiest way to lower the frequency and risks of addiction with opioids is to not start them in the first place," said Schwenk.

In the same issue, Renown Health Chief Medical Officer Doug Merrill, M.D., MBA had an opinion piece published titled "Speak Up."

Spogen, Earley Join Professional Organizations

Daniel Spogen, M.D., professor and chair of family and community medicine, has been elected to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) board of directors. Dr. Spogen recently served as a director on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors.

Scott Earley, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health's Hypertension and Microcirculation Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline.

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