Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | August 22, 2017

News for A Healthy Nevada

Drs. Hunter and Verma

Ken Hunter, Sc.D. (left) and Subhash Verma, Ph.D.

Congratulations to UNR Med’s Healthcare Heroes

For the 12th consecutive year, UNR Med's faculty are being recognized among the state's leaders in healthcare for the Nevada Business Magazine Healthcare Heroes awards program. In northern Nevada, Ken Hunter, Sc.D., is receiving the "Educator" award, while Subash Verma, Ph.D., is being honored in the "Innovator" category.

Ken Hunter, Sc.D., professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, earned honors in the "Educator" category for his innovative teaching methods and lasting impact on students, including those who have returned as faculty. His teaching prowess has already earned him UNR Med's highest teaching honor, the 2012 E.W. Richardson Excellence in Teaching Award, and many faculty have said that if there wasn't a rule against winning it every year, he would. Dr. Hunter's students know that to miss a lecture is to "miss out on the opportunity to really learn something."

Subhash Verma, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, earned the "Innovator" award following 14 years of research on Kaposi's Sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV). In a report recently published in PLOS Pathogens, Dr. Verma and his team identified a unique ability for a viral protein, ORF59, to epigenetically alter the chromatin landscape of the viral genome for promoting gene expression, allowing for researchers to develop and screen for specific inhibitors that can lead to the reduction in KSHV-induced malignant tumors. Dr. Verma is a leader and role model to junior faculty and students as he continues to teach laboratory techniques and supervise the research work of undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral fellows.

Drs. Hunter and Verma were nominated by other UNR Med faculty and evaluated by a panel of respected judges in the healthcare field to receive this high honor. They will be featured in the September 2017 edition of Nevada Business Magazine and recognized at the annual Healthcare Heroes awards dinner on Thursday, August 31 at the Peppermill Resort. For more information or to register, visit Nevada Business Magazine or contact the editorial department at



Fourth-year medical student Brittini Kellum is presenting a paper titled "Assessment and Analysis for Difference of Surgical Outcomes, Intraoperative and Postoperative Complications Associated with Performing Complete Surgical Pelvic and Para-Aortic Node Dissections for Endometrial Cancer: Laparoscopic verses Robot" at the 46th AAGL Global Congress on MIGS in Washington D.C. this November. The work that Kellum completed was under the direction of community faculty member, Peter Lim, M.D., and Liz Kang, PA.

Cheq it out!

Did you know UNR Med has event supplies available to you free of charge through our office of Advancement and Engagement? Now it's easier than ever for you to browse and reserve supplies for your upcoming event or meeting through our new inventory site managed by CHEQROOM. Contact events and protocol at for your unique access code. Then login to CHEQROOM where you can view our full inventory of contemporary décor, furniture and audio visual equipment and easily checkout items online. You can even access and view CHEQROOM from your smartphone and check in/check out equipment wherever you are.

Workday@UNR Important Deadlines

The migration of University of Nevada, Reno main campus and UNR Med data to Workday is underway. In an effort to ensure a successful "go live" date on Oct. 2, the Workday@UNR Cutover Plan outlines important deadlines and functional areas to keep disruption of business processes to a minimum.

Call for Content

Experts needed! UNR Med is a northern Nevada-based school with a statewide mission. Part of that mission is to position the school as the area's leading health and wellness expert by contextualizing regional, national and international news and events for our local community. One example: the Advancement and Engagement team worked with Community Faculty Member Arshad Khanani, M.D., M.A., to craft an article on solar eclipse viewing safety prior to the solar eclipse. Please contact Advancement and Engagement Content Marketing Manager Ellyn Morrill at with ideas for UNR Med stories from your own field.

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Nevada Rural Health Care: 14 counties get new provider after Anthem pulls out

August 15, 2017 • Reno Gazette-Journal
Gov. Brian Sandoval announced an agreement with a Missouri-based company Tuesday to make sure health insurance is available to 8,000 rural Nevadans who faced the loss of their coverage after Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield pulled out of the state's health care exchange.

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