Department of Student Affairs
Administrative Offices and Functions: Office of Academic Affairs

Medical Student Handbook

The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) provides statewide leadership advancing the school's missions of excellence in medical student education. OAA oversees recruitment, admissions, student affairs, medical education, medical library, continuing medical education, faculty development and faculty affairs to foster a dynamic, diverse and progressive environment for faculty, staff and students. The office also provides administrative support for the Student Outreach Clinic.

OAA Contact Information

Melissa Piasecki, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry
1664 N Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-6777
Fax: (775) 784-6776

Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D., FACS FCCM
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Principle Academic Officer, Las Vegas Campus
Professor of Surgery, Section of Critical Care
1701 W. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 671-2201
Fax: (702) 671-6414

Melissa Piasecki Melissa Piasecki M.D.
Executive Associate Dean; Professor
(775) 784-6777
Deborah Kuhls, M.D. Deborah Kuhls M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor; Chief, Critical Care; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship; Principal Investigator, Center for Traffic Safety Research
(702) 671-2201
Brandi Aiazzi
Coordinator, Medical School Records & Registration
(775) 682-8351
Timothy Baker Timothy Baker M.D.
Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Medical Education
Office of Medical Education: (775) 682-7727
Michael Bloch, M.D. Michael Bloch M.D.
Associate Professor; Coordinator, Case-Based Learning
(775) 784-4474
Melissa Cicconi
Clerkship Coordinator, Emergency Medicine
(702) 383-7885 x4
Sara Garey-Sage Sara Garey-Sage
Administrative Assistant, Community Faculty Coordinator
(775) 682-8390
Jennifer Grove Jennifer Grove
Administrative Assistant, Surgery-Reno Clerkship and Elective
(775) 682-7713
Jennifer Hagen Jennifer M. Hagen M.D.
Professor; Associate Dean for Faculty Development
(775) 784-6758
James Harris James Harris M.D.
Surgery Clerkship Director - Reno
april heiselt April Heiselt Ph.D.
Director, Office for Community Faculty
(775) 682-7684
David Howard Office of medical education David J. Howard M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Director, Curricular Operations, Years 1-2
(775) 784-4474
Kimiko Ishibashi Kimiko Ishibashi M.D.
Assistant Professor; Medical Ethics and Human Foundations of Medicine
(775) 682-7729
Brady Janes Brady Janes
Director, Curriculum Development and Assessment
(775) 682-7733
Julianne Krogh
Administrative Assistant, Evaluation and Curriculum
(775) 682-7722
Linda Little Linda Little
Administrative Assistant, Receptionist
(775) 784-6063
Christine McHardy BSW
Coordinator, Clerkship & Electives; Student Scheduler
(775) 682-7729
bill murphy-sharp William Murphy-Sharp M.S. Ed.
Director, Standardized Patient Education Program - Reno
(775) 682-7724
Samantha Myers
Personnel Tech, Search Coordinator, Office of Professional Recruitment
(775) 784-6778
Ranna Nash
Coordinator, Academic Enrichment
(775) 682-8355
Beverly Neyland, M.D. Beverly Neyland M.D.
Professor, General Pediatrician
(702) 944-2828
Melissa O’Brien Melissa O’Brien M.S.
Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education
(775) 784-1983
Nicole Preston Nicole Preston BGS
Administrative Assistant, Medical Education
(775) 682-7731
Connie Rafanan
Administrative Assistant; Search Coordinator
(775) 784-1784
Kay Rogers Simulated Patient Education Program Kay Rogers
Office Manager, Standardized Patient Education Program
(775) 682-6332
Cherie Singer Ph.D. Cherie Singer Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
(775) 784-8253

In addition to her role as the Associate Dean, Dr. Singer is an active member of the Pharmacology Department, continuing her research on the molecular mechanisms contributing to inflammatory lung disease.

Amy Smith Ph.D.
Director, Office of Continuous Institutional Assessment
Ashley Sylvester Ashley Sylvester
Director, Student Affairs and Educational Outreach
(702) 671-2393
Scott Thompson MBA
Operations and Special Projects Coordinator
(775) 682-7347
Melinda Thrasher Melinda Thrasher
Coordinator, Education Outreach & Undergraduate Programs
(702) 671-6415
Wilfredo Torres Wilfredo Torres M.D.
Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity, and Inclusion

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