Spring 2014
Faculty Focus

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Michael Daubs, M.D.

Michael Daubs, M.D. ’89, is his alma mater’s first chief of orthopaedic surgery. Photo by Edgar Antonio Nunez

Alumnus Brings His Spinal Surgery Skills Back to Nevada

By Anne McMillin, APR

The School of Medicine welcomes back Michael Daubs, M.D. ’89, as its first chief of the new orthopaedic surgery division in the Department of Surgery.

“I’m pleased as chairman of the department of surgery to have Dr. Daubs as professor and chief of our new orthopaedic surgery division. He is a distinguished alumnus who is eager to build a strong faculty and ultimately a training program that will benefit our students,” said William A. Zamboni, M.D.’84, associate dean for clinical affairs in Las Vegas.

Daubs, who specializes in spinal reconstructive surgery and the treatment of scoliosis in adults and children, was most recently with the Department of Orthopaedics at UCLA. He has also held positions in orthopaedics with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Utah in Salt Lake.

With expertise in surgically correcting complex spinal deformities, Daubs is especially glad to bring his skills back to his hometown and alma mater.

“The School of Medicine now offers care for adult and pediatric patients with a multitude of complex spinal disorders, including scoliosis, right here in Las Vegas,” he said, adding that Nevada patients of all ages, who would often travel to see him in Los Angeles, now have the same quality spine care available right at home.

“I am looking forward to working with the community to build an outstanding orthopaedic division and training program that will make our medical school and community proud,” said Daubs, who completed his residency at the University of Arizona and was fellowship-trained at the University of Missouri.

Working closely with Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean of graduate medical education, Daubs submitted an application to the American Council on Graduate Medical Education to begin an orthopaedic surgery residency program at the school’s Las Vegas campus.

“We have a shortage of orthopaedic surgeons in Nevada, and as our population ages, the shortage will only increase. Our goal is to offer a high-quality residency training program in orthopaedic surgery that is sought after by the top medical students from around the country and then have them eventually settle in Nevada to practice,” he said.

Research has shown that about 60 percent of physicians who complete a residency training program at the School of Medicine remain in the state to practice.

Not only does Daubs hope to contribute to the growing quality of medical services in southern Nevada by providing an orthopaedic residency program, but he also expects to improve orthopaedic learning opportunities for medical students by hiring more orthopaedic faculty to teach and do research in this field.

“Starting an orthopaedic residency program in Nevada has been a goal of mine since graduating medical school. The demand for our specialty is high, and the time is now to make this happen. Residencies improve the quality of care in a community through education. The educational offerings will be open to all community physicians and will include weekly conferences, research forums and visiting professors from the top medical centers in the country,” said Daubs, who enjoys the intellectual stimulation of both teaching as well as doing research in the academic setting.

Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Daubs has won several awards for his research on the treatment of spine and scoliosis disorders. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, serves as a reviewer for several medical spine journals and serves on national committees of orthopaedic societies.

Daubs sees patients at the School of Medicine’s Patient Care Center, 1707 West Charleston Blvd, Suite 160 in Las Vegas. The number is (702) 671-5150.