Fall 2013
News and Notes

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Dean Schwenk presents David Lupan dedication

The legacy of David M. Lupan, Ph.D., former senior associate dean for research, was honored this summer when the large auditorium in the Center for Molecular Medicine on the School of Medicine's Reno campus was dedicated in his name.

Faculty honored at end of academic year

Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., chair of pharmacology, was appointed as a University of Nevada, Reno 2013 Foundation Professor in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching achievements. The late Kenneth T. Maehara, Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology, was honored with the Dean's Distinguished Service Award for his 21 years of teaching pathology and serving the admissions process in several capacities including assistant dean for admissions. Jacob Manjooran, M.D., earned recognition as this year's Praeceptor Carissimus Award for his role precepting and mentoring students and residents. Carl Sievert, Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, was honored with the inaugural Perillustris Docere award as a distinguished teacher who forms special bonds with students.

Auditorium named for Lupan

The legacy of David M. Lupan, Ph.D., former senior associate dean for research, was honored this summer when the large auditorium in the Center for Molecular Medicine on the School of Medicine's Reno campus was dedicated in his name. Lupan passed away on June 23, 2012. A plaque honoring Dr. Lupan and his contributions to the medical school now hangs inside the entrance to the auditorium. In addition, and at the wish of his family, an endowed fund for the support of medical and graduate student research has been established at the School of Medicine.

Palmer elected to board

Elissa J. Palmer, M.D., chair of Department of Family and Community Medicine in Las Vegas, was elected to the board of the National Association of Departments of Family Medicine.

Nevada Women's Fund recognizes Scott

Carol Scott, M.D. '91, was named a 2013 Nevada Women's Fund Woman of Achievement this summer. She is director of the sports medicine fellowship in Reno and was nominated for this honor by Cheryl Hug-English, M.D. '82, director of the University of Nevada, Reno Student Health Center.

School, UMC participate in science fair in Las Vegas

The School of Medicine and University Medical Center staffed an interactive booth at the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival this spring at the Cashman Center. Medical students, outreach staff from the School of Medicine and UMC and nurses from UMC worked the hands-on experiential booth that included interactive activities. Deborah Kuhls, M.D., associate dean for academic affairs, spearheaded school's effort to participate in the festival and was ably assisted by Ann Diggins, director of recruitment.

Students earn recognition, scholarships

Congratulations to Shavon Moore, Class of 2016, one of eight recipients of the American Medical Association Minority Scholarship Award and the first University of Nevada School of Medicine recipient of this award. Nick Tschernia, Class of 2014, is the first School of Medicine recipient of a National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program award for a one-year residential research program in Bethesda, Maryland. Zareen Choudhury, Class of 2014, was honored with a Student Rising Star Award from the Clark County Medical Society this summer.

Faculty honored by Nevada Business

Five faculty members have been honored as 2013 Healthcare Heroes by Nevada Business magazine: Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D. (technology/research), Sonia Budhecha, M.D. (educator), Evan Klass, M.D., (community partner in northern Nevada), Tom Hunt, M.D., (community partner in southern Nevada) and Charles Krasner, M.D. (nonprofit).

School's sports medicine faculty help at local events

University of Nevada School of Medicine Reno-based sports medicine faculty members were busy this summer volunteering time at northern Nevada regional public sporting events. Carol Scott, M.D. '91, director of the sports medicine fellowship program, and Ryan Zerr, D.O., sports medicine fellow, volunteered their time providing medical care at the Reno Rodeo in June and the Tahoe Endurance Run in July.

Goodman winners named

The Second Annual Philip H. Goodman Resident Competition was held this past spring and included presentations representing 12 University of Nevada School of Medicine residency programs, nine from Las Vegas and three from Reno. Winners of the competition were Matthew Golle, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology, first place; Nolan Jaeger, M.D., plastic surgery, second place and Faisal Siddiqui, M.D., internal medicine (Reno), third place. Established in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the medical school and to resident training, the Philip H. Goodman Award in Resident Excellence in Critical Appraisal was established in his memory through the Philip H. Goodman Endowment.

White Coat Ceremony welcomes first-year medical students

The University of Nevada School of Medicine welcomed the 70 new members of the Class of 2017 at its annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 9. The ceremony welcomes new students by "cloaking" them with a white physician coat, thereby symbolically demonstrating they have entered the health care profession and helping establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine in their future.

School offers cancer screening clinics in Lincoln County

The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Nevada Radiation and Exposure Screening and Education Program announced a new partnership with Grover C. Dils Medical Center that will bring free cancer screening clinics to Lincoln County residents. Nevadans who lived near or worked at the Nevada Test Site during the period of atmospheric nuclear testing (1951-1963) may be eligible to participate.

Matles hired as safety officer

The School of Medicine welcomes Steve Matles as its new safety officer in the Office of Compliance. Matles brings two decades of experience in hospital safety and emergency management to the medical school. He has consulted with more than 20 hospitals across the nation on safety, hazardous materials and emergency management issues.

Shigemitsu hired as chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine

The School of Medicine welcomes Hidenobu Shigemitsu, M.D., above, as professor of internal medicine and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine in Las Vegas. He specializes in a wide-range of pulmonary diseases and is an internationally recognized expert in sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung diseases.

Goodnight hired as event coordinator

Audrey Goodnight has joined the School of Medicine as event coordinator. She holds a master's degree in communication from UNR and has several years' experience in events management with the University Foundation and the Davidson Institute.