Spring 2009
Alumni Notes

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Illustration of the proposed health sciences building in Reno.

The health sciences building will allow more Nevada students to pursue a health care career. Courtesy Sheehan Van Woert Bigotti Architects.

The Ties that Bind

The University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Association was revitalized last year under the leadership of Louis Bonaldi, M.D. ‘77. The aim of the chapter is to keep alumni informed and involved, and to provide support to the School of Medicine. This edition of Synapse is brought to you in part through the support of the alumni association.

Building for the Future

The proposed health sciences building on the Reno campus will serve both the School of Medicine and the Orvis School of Nursing, allowing the schools to double their class sizes.

The total private fundraising goal for the project is $12.9 million. A number of foundations, alumni and friends have already supported the building project with their gifts. The School of Medicine is grateful for the generosity of its supporters.

For information on this project or to inquire about making a gift, contact Stefanie Scoppettone, director of development, at (775) 682-9143.

Honoring Alumni

Starting this year, the chapter will honor and recognize notable alumni with the inaugural Outstanding University of Nevada School of Medicine Alumni Award.

Join your classmates who support their alma mater through an annual or lifetime membership. For information about the chapter or to nominate a classmate for the alumni award, visit the Alumni website.

Class Notes

Robin Titus, M.D. ’81 was named Northern Nevada Family Physician of the Year 2008 by the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians.

Michael Patmas, M.D. ’81 received the Professional Achievement Award from the Nevada Alumni Association this past October.

Herve Bezard, M.D. ’85 was named Southern Nevada Family Physician of the Year 2008 by the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians.

Jean Forsberg, M.D. ‘93 was named to the American Medical Association’s Women Physicians Congress.

John Hess, M.D. ’95 was recognized by the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians as the 2008 Northern Nevada Family Physician of the Year.

Several alumni and the Class of 2010 received recognition at the 2008 Healthcare Heroes events sponsored by the Nevada Business Journal in Las Vegas and Reno. Alumni included Louis A. Bonaldi, M.D. ’77 (Humanitarian); Tracey Green, M.D. ’91 (Innovator); and Bruce Shapiro, M.D. ’82 (Technology and Research). The Class of 2010 received the journal’s Entrepreneur Award.


A celebration to commemorate the school’s 40th anniversary will take place later this year. Watch your mailbox for more details.

This year the Class of 1984 and 1999 will celebrate their 25 and 10-year reunions. We are currently looking for a representative from the Class of 1984 to coordinate its reunion. Don’t miss out on reconnecting with fellow classmates and catching up on all the latest and exciting changes at the School of Medicine.

For information on alumni programs, contact Christina Sarman, assistant director of development and alumni relations, at (775) 784-6009.