Spring 2017
Class Chat

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Whitney Shofner-MichalskyWhitney Shofner-Michalsky, M.D. ’13, completed residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Washington and matched into an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Washington.

Kathleen HollandKathleen Holland, M.D. ’14, will be completing her pediatric residency at Indiana University and staying for a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship.

Dustin HollandDustin Holland, M.D. ’14, will be completing his emergency medicine residency at Indiana University and staying there for an emergency medical services fellowship.

Julie ThaiJulie Thai, M.D. ’14, completed residency at Benioff Children’s Hospital (Oakland) and is attending Boston Children’s for a neonatology fellowship.

Terry McCaskill, M.D. ’81, was honored with a HealthInsight Quality Award for High Performance in the physician office setting. His was one of four physician’s offices statewide to receive the honor, which recognizes high-performing clinics.

Michael Patmas, M.D. ’81, who has led large clinics and hospitals in Spokane, Wash., Boise, Idaho and Woodland, Calif., has been named the part-time chief medical officer of Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho.

Edward Eissman, M.D. ’85, joined the Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center’s Orthopedic Clinic located in Port Townsend, Wash. He completed his fellowship in joint reconstruction arthroplasty at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Inglewood, Calif.

Richard Ingle, M.D. ’85, joined the Mercy Mt. Shasta Community Clinic in California. He is board certified with the American Board of Family Practice with advanced training in neonatal, pediatric, cardiac, and trauma life support. He acted as the chief of staff for Humboldt General Hospital, Winnemucca, Nevada, and was named the Nevada Family Practice Physician of the Year in 1992.

Hal Humphreys, M.D. ’87, was named the new chief of staff at the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. He worked on the physician engagement committee for the SMCS expansion, move and EHR go-live that took place in August 2016, and has served as a trustee on the Sutter Medical Center Foundation Board. He is also a vice president of CASE Medical Group Inc., a group of anesthesiologists that supports Sutter hospitals in the region.

Kathryn Eckert, M.D. ’89, was appointed as the chief of pediatric subspecialties section for the UNR Med Department of Pediatrics in partnership with Renown Children’s Hospital.

Richard Bryan, M.D. ’90, was named chairman of the board for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. He also serves as a medical director of Saint Mary’s Center for Cardiovascular Care.

Freida Hulka, M.D. ’92, was appointed as the chief of pediatric surgical subspecialties section for the UNR Med Department of Pediatrics in partnership with Renown Children’s Hospital.

Patrick Rask, M.D., ’94, completed a pain management fellowship at the Pacific Pain Treatment Center in San Francisco. He is currently the Medical Director of Corvallis Pain Management in Orgeon.

Timothy Sauter, M.D. ’94, was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero” by Nevada Business Magazine as Volunteer of the Year in Southern Nevada.

Dennis Cheek, Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology ’96, was welcomed by the International Nurses Association with his publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Cheek is a Registered Nurse and nurse educator currently working as a professor for Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas.

Travis Kieckbusch, M.D. ’98, founder/owner of Great Basin Orthopaedics, made a presentation to physicians, athletic trainers and allied health personnel at the “Management of the Injured Rodeo Athlete” conference in December 2016, sponsored by the Justin Sportsmedicine Team.

Timothy Janiga, M.D. ’01, was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf.com, a website that recognizes doctors who have achieved the highest patient ratings and favorable feedback on their contributed expertise nationwide.

Sven Inda, M.D. ’03, was recognized as a “Healthcare Hero” by Nevada Business Magazine. He is the chair of emergency medicine at Northern Nevada Medical Center and was honored as Physician of the Year in Northern Nevada.

Melissa Gowans, M.D., pediatric resident ’03, joined Memorial Hospital Pediatrics located in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Reed Dopf, II, M.D. ’06, was elected secretary/treasurer of the Washoe County Medical Society.

Paul Park, M.D., Ph.D. ’06, is CEO of Hummingdoc which makes home health devices for smartphones to help facilitate telemedicine. Patients can record the sounds of their heart and lungs and send those audio files to medical professionals who are far away. Park’s business is based out of the Innevation Center in downtown Reno. He manufactures his product through 3-D printers on campus and sells them online.
Amanda VanderClay, M.D. ’07, joined the Washoe County Medical Society board of directors.

Shawn Tsuda, M.D., surgery resident ’07, was recognized as one of the 15 young physician leaders to know by Berker’s Hospital Review. Tsuda is the chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at UNR Med. He was the first surgeon in Nevada to receive certification in the LINX Reflux Management System for patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Reka Danko, M.D. ’08, was named one of the “Twenty Under 40” by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Orna Fisher, M.D. surgery resident ’09, joined Illuminate – Face & Body Bar in Las Vegas as chief wellness officer. Dr. Fisher completed specialized training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Ore.

Patrick Woodward, M.D. ’11, joined the Washoe County Medical Society board of directors.

Cory Richardson, M.D. ’10 surgery resident ’15, became the new director of Foregut Surgery at the new Northwest Institute for Digestive Surgery in Post Falls, Idaho. He completed an advanced surgical fellowship at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, the only fellowship program in the United States or Canada accredited in Advanced Gastrointestinal/Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery and Flexible Endoscopy.

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