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In the News

Photo: Dr. Files Meets with President after Las Vegas shooting

Good things are happening at UNLV Health, the medical practice where Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV doctors treat patients.

Here you will find the latest news stories and contact information for media relations. Our media relations team is available to assist with news inquiries involving UNLV clinics, doctors, patients, and programs.

If you are a journalist looking for more information about UNLV Health clinics, or the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, our media relations team can help you with:

  • Setting up interviews with our expert physicians and other healthcare professionals
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We look forward to working with you. You can find more information about UNLV Media Policies, or contact our manager of media relations, Mr. Paul Joncich at (702) 895-1696 for stories about our doctors and medical clinics.


Dr. John Fildes’ Lifelong Commitment to Serving Southern Nevada Continues After Retirement

Even if Ben Franklin, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers who seemed capable of doing almost everything to enhance the common good – from helping draft the Declaration of Independence to inventing the flexible catheter – could have broken the time barrier to share his wisdom with Americans of every generation, there would have been no need for him to share one of his most important observations with John Fildes: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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Doctor Reunites With Patient 14 Years After Saving Her Life

Dr. Michael Scheidler performed life-saving surgery on tiny Annalisa Gubler when she was an infant with a dim prognosis.

For as long as she could remember, 15-year-old Annalisa Gubler had heard about the crucial role Dr. Michael Scheidler had played in her life.

She heard about how excited her parents had been to welcome their firstborn child into their family, how ill she soon became as an infant, and how Scheidler, a Las Vegas pediatric surgeon who now is with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, saved her life.

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New Medical Education Building Construction Begins

With Donor funding through the Nevada Health & Bioscience Corp., the 135,000 square foot building is expected to open in summer 2022.

No one will ever accuse Nevada Health & Bioscience Corp. (NHBC) of taking its time to make a difference in the community.

Not even a year has passed since Nevadans first heard of the new nonprofit — its mission is to develop healthcare education, research, clinical assets, and programming in Nevada. 

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How To Safely Celebrate Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

The founding dean of UNLV’s School of Medicine, Barbara Atkinson recommends
observing the holiday virtually this year to help keep loved ones well.

It’s a question millions of Americans are asking as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread disease in the United States: What kind of Thanksgiving celebration can we have this year?

Dianne Galgana

Nurse Practitioner Improvises as She Earns Doctoral Degree

Dianne Galgana focuses on well-child care and management of common pediatric acute illnesses.

You look at a photograph of UNLV Medicine pediatric nurse practitioner Dianne Galgana and her daughter, Penelope, both dressed in red graduation regalia, and you can’t help but be reminded that a single image can carry a lot of power.

There’s pure joy in the photos. Pride of accomplishment. Love for each other. Love for life.

Carmen Vargas

Hero Of The Week: Carmen Vargas

LAS VEGAS ( - They say not all heroes wear capes. True. Some wear lab coats, scrubs and protective face masks. 

In these unprecedented times, they are fighting along the front lines to win the battle to make us safe. We cheer them on, give our thanks and honor their efforts. Meet one of those heroes now.

Tiffany Robledo

Sacrificing Family Time and Finances to Help Fight Coronavirus

You might say Tiffany Robledo is on the front line of the front lines — she swabs inside the noses those arriving for UNLV Medicine’s curbside COVID-19 testing program. After the medical assistant collects specimens, they are then taken to a lab for testing. She is part of the program that has tested more than 3,000 people in Southern Nevada in less than a month.

“I’m only 21 and super proud that I’ve already been put in an important position to help people,” says Robledo. “It’s something that must be done to try and curtail the spread of this disease.” 


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Healthcare Students Learning Around Big Obstacles

For students in Medicine, Nursing, and Dental Medicine, those furthest along heading to front lines while classmates cope with rearranged clinical work.

As many of us sit alone in our spare rooms, our home offices, our converted garages, as we perch on our couches doing what we can to find a kind of equilibrium of normalcy in the midst of the greatest public health crisis of the past 100 years, there are UNLV students already counting the days to when they will be on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Interview: David Di John

In the Age of COVID-19: How an Infectious Disease Doc and Family Live Their Lives

Dr. David Di John, who ran an HIV clinic in New York during the height of the AIDS crisis, hopes public awareness about good hygiene will carry on long after the coronavirus scare ends.

Just because Dr. David Di John has largely devoted his professional life to the treatment of infectious diseases doesn’t mean his personal life is immune from repeated discussions about the infectious coronavirus, COVID-19, an acute respiratory disease. 

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School of Medicine Resident Physicians Sharpen Surgery Skills

Working with cadavers provides medical students with valuable experience.

Inside the Oquendo Center, a large medical event space near McCarran International Airport, eight human cadavers lay on individual operating tables, each one surrounded by an array of surgical equipment.

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Pot While Pregnant: UNLV Medicine Doctors Urge Caution

New study links daily marijuana use to adverse fetal health outcomes.

Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes, according to a new study from a team of UNLV Medicine doctors.

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The Interview: John Phelps

Dr. John Phelps says that no matter how many babies he delivers, he still is excited to be part of such an important family experience.

Though he’s delivered hundreds of babies, Dr. John Phelps, a professor and residency program director in the UNLV School of Medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, says the experience never gets old.

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UNLV School of Medicine Achieves Latest Accreditation Milestone

School granted provisional accreditation by Liaison Committee on Medical Education, remains on track to earn full accreditation by 2021-22.

The UNLV School of Medicine has reached a major milestone in its accreditation process, successfully completing the second of three steps that all new medical degree-granting schools must obtain before receiving full accreditation.

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Former UNLV Medicine Fellow Joins Faculty

Dr. Joseph Carroll says the opportunity to be part of the medical
school’s team at the UMC Trauma Center was too good to pass up.

It was when he was in the seventh grade that Dr. Joseph Carroll, now an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine’s department of surgery, first thought about becoming a physician.

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Internationally Known Trauma Surgeon Begins Work as School of Medicine Dean

Dr. John Fildes continues the vision for establishing UNLV’s academic medical center.

In August, just days after being named interim dean of the UNLV School of Medicine, Dr. John Fildes was before a gathering of the world’s best surgeons, delivering a keynote address on handling mass casualty situations. It’s a topic with which he is all too familiar.

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Mojave Counseling Youth Clinic

Helping Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Difficulties

UNLV Medicine’s Mojave Counseling Youth Clinic offers assistance to some of Nevada’s youngest patients.

Responses to the questions below reflect input from the entire mental health team at the Mojave Counseling Youth Clinic, which is under the direction of Dr. Alison Netski, chair of the UNLV School of Medicine department of psychiatry and behavioral health.

How are the challenges different between helping adults and helping children?

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Family Medicine Clinic

UNLV Medicine Family Medicine Providing Wide Range of Services

The UNLV Medicine Family Medicine Clinic handles around 11,000 patient visits per year, including expectant mothers, children, adults, and the elderly, as well as the Golden Knights and Aviators.


Surgeon Encourages Minority Students to Pursue Medical Careers

The story that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal last May was compelling. Mary Kay Duda’s life was saved by UNLV Medicine’s Dr. Charles St. Hill.

St. Hill, one of only three fellowship-trained surgical oncologists in Nevada, performed a complex 10-hour surgery known as a Whipple procedure to remove a large tumor that enveloped her pancreas.

“I’ve been given the gift of life,” a grateful Duda would later tell St. Hill and reporter Jessie Bekker.

Inspirational Goals

Pediatric Surgeons

UNLV Medicine Pediatric Surgeons

UNLV Medicine Brings More Pediatric Surgeons to Las Vegas.

They cannot always say what’s bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions. They are not always able to be patient and helpful during a medical examination.

Yes, children are definitely not small adults in so many ways – they behave differently, they require specific testing for their specific illnesses, they need special techniques for procedures. Clinicians must always take into account the immature physiology of the infant or child when considering symptoms, prescribing medications, and diagnosing illnesses.