Friends and Colleagues,

It is time for me to pass the UNLV School of Medicine leadership torch to Dr. Marc Kahn. He’ll be a fine Dean -- he helped make the Tulane University School of Medicine one of the nation’s top medical schools. It was six months ago when I was appointed by President Meana to lead our school until a new permanent Dean was selected to replace Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson, who stepped down to take an advisory position. The work I have done over the past months is some of the most rewarding of my life. I became even more aware of how committed students, faculty and staff are to ensuring that our school, which first opened its doors in 2017, brings a better healthcare future to the people of Southern Nevada. I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to help shape your talents and energy toward that noble goal. When I learned recently Dr. Elissa Palmer climbed a ladder so a long haul trucker could be examined in his cab for COVID-19 as part of our UNLV Medicine curbside testing program, I wasn’t surprised. We do what is necessary to get the job done. I now go back full time as Chair of the Department of Surgery, where I will work with some of our new residents, the subject of today’s newsletter. It has been a privilege serving as your Dean and will continue to be an honor to work with you.