Spring 2014
Class Chat

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine


Linda Leckman, M.D.'75Linda Leckman, M.D. ’75, vice president of Intermountain Healthcare and CEO of Intermountain Medical Group, was named the 2013 ATHENA Award recipient by the Salt Lake Chamber.

The ATHENA International Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

“She is not only a highly skilled and accomplished physician, she is a great listener, an approachable leader and a mentor to the doctors she works with, as well,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.


Kelle Brogan, M.D.’86, was named the recipient of the C.H. Woods Award by the Washoe County Medical Society for her commitment to palliative care in northern Nevada. The WCMS instituted the C.H. Woods Award in 1992 to recognize physicians who best demonstrate the art of medicine and who have the magic touch when it comes to caring for patients. The recipient of the C.H. Woods award comes from nominations from their peers.


James Murphy, M.D.’91, was selected for the Nevada Alumni Association Professional Achievement award that was presented at the UNR Homecoming Gala on Oct. 23, 2013.

Daliah Wachs, M.D.’97, Family Medicine Resident ‘00, has one of the fastest expanding radio shows in the country. Her show, “Dr. Daliah,” has been syndicated and within two years was named in the top 250 Radio Talk Hosts by Talkers Magazine. By her third year she was named in the top 100 listened to radio hosts by Talk Stream Live! Genesis Communications Network now broadcasts her show worldwide. She is heard on iHeart radio and has multiple affiliates.

Her television work is expanding just as quickly. She’s found on multiple TV appearances including Pawn Stars, where you’ll find her discussing medical history and medical antiques. She currently has been signed with a production company to develop a television show.

She did her family medicine residency at the School of Medicine’s Las Vegas campus and served as chief resident. During her residency she worked as an emergency room physician in Lake Havasu, Ariz. and as an urgent care physician in Bullhead City, Ariz. She is board certified in family medicine and has her own practice in Las Vegas.

Dulynn Hastings, M.D.’98, joined Saint Mary’s Medical Group’s new location on Ryland Street in Reno, formerly Acadia Medical Group. Hastings is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and is certified in occupational medicine. Additionally, he has served as a volunteer assistant professor of medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine since 2003. Dr. Hastings is a member of the Washoe County Medical Society and the Nevada State Medical Society. In 2008, Dr. Hastings was rated as one of the Top 100 Family Physicians in the country.


Derek Beenfeldt, M.D.’11, became a board member of the Nevada Alumni Association Council.

Ritu Varma Dixon, M.D., Internal Medicine Resident, ’03, is now affiliated with Saint Mary’s Medical Group in Reno. Dr. Dixon has been practicing medicine in the northern Nevada area for more than 10 years.

Terence Agustin, M.D., Geriatric Medicine Fellow, ’09, has joined HealthCare Partners Medical Group, a leading physician-run group providing primary, specialty and urgent care in Las Vegas.


Julpohng Vilai, M.D. ’10, is the new full time pediatrician with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Pediatrics. Vilai completed virtually all of his education in his home state of Nevada. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He went on to complete his internship at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and his residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Jessica Zarndt, M.D., Sport Medicine Fellow ’12, accepted positions as the team physician at the University of Texas and assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern, Austin family medicine residency program.