Fall 2011
Class Chat

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David Young

Brig. Gen. David Young III, M.D.,'75

With this issue, we introduce Class Chat, a compilation of alumni successes, whereabouts and milestones.

Brig. Gen. David Young III, M.D.,'75

Was named University of Nevada School of Medicine Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2011, and was presented the award by Lisa Lyons, M.D.'97. The medical school recognized his outstanding military career in medicine and his current work in hospital design and establishment in the developing world.


Michael PatmasMichael Patmas, M.D.'81

Recently became board-certified in health care management and has been advanced to fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Patmas is chief medical officer for Woodland Healthcare in Woodland, Calif.


Donielle Freedman, M.D.'90

Has joined the Nevada Alliance Against Diabetes as principal investigator.

Kyle Cassas, M.D.'97

Is the program director of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, Greenville Hospital System, and University Medical Center's primary care sports medicine fellowship.

Thomas V. McCormick, M.D.'97

Recently joined the Northern Nevada Medical Center as a general surgeon. He completed internship and residency in general surgery at the School of Medicine and is board certified in general surgery, breast surgery and endoscopic surgery.


Timothy Janiga, M.D.'01 and Jennifer Janiga, M.D.'01

Have opened a new practice, Janiga M.D. Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, in south Reno.

Elizabeth Jaffe, M.D.'03

Joined the St. Mary's Medical Group. Jaffe is a member of the American Board of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and Washoe County Medical Society.

Laura Cunnington, M.D.'04

Has been appointed to serve on the public policy committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Rebecca Scherr, M.D.'04

Recently joined the pediatrics department at the School of Medicine as assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology. She returns to Nevada after residency and fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta.

Amanda CaseyAmanda Casey, M.D.'06

A family medicine practitioner in Fallon, Nev., was appointed rural medical director for Circle of Life Hospice, which has expanded into rural Nevada offering a variety of medical, counseling, bereavement and social services.

Amber Hayes, M.D.'07

Has joined St. Mary's Medical Group at its Spanish Springs location.

Jason Webb, M.D.'07

Recently traveled to Kenya on a global health elective through Duke University. After completing residency in 2012 he plans to pursue fellowship training in palliative medicine.

Dusty Mangus, M.D.'08

And wife Cori welcomed Brighton Edella Mangus on April 18. Mangus serves as chief resident in anesthesiology at Loma Linda University and will be the cardiothoracic anesthesia fellow for the 2012-13 academic year.


Reka DankoReka Piroska Danko, M.D.'08

Internal medicine residency '11

Ayodele Okunola, M.D.

Internal medicine residency '11

and Prahlad A. Reddy, M.D.

internal medicine residency '10, all recently joined Northern Nevada Medical Center as hospitalists.

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