Friends & Colleagues, 

As the residents of Southern Nevada well know, the shortage of physicians in virtually all medical specialties was the catalyst for the 2017 opening of the UNLV School of Medicine. What may not be as well known is that the problem is especially severe in obstetrics and gynecology. In fact, research done by Doximity, the largest medical social network in the U.S., found that Las Vegas has the highest risk among the 50 largest metropolitan areas of suffering a future severe shortage of doctors in the specialty. Why? Largely because more than 41% of local OB-GYNs are over the age of 55 and Las Vegas has among the lowest number of OB-GYNS under the age of 40. A state of Nevada 2018 physician workforce study had already shown that to be on par with the national average of OB-GYNs, Southern Nevada needed roughly 90 additional general OB-GYNs. In today’s newsletter, we focus on Drs. Bradley and Abbey Burger, married OB-GYNs who joined the UNLV School of Medicine earlier this year. A couple with a unique love story, they have already made a difference in our community by teaching residents in the specialty, delivering care to women during pregnancy and delivery, and providing a wide-range of gynecological care with our affiliated clinical practice, UNLV Medicine.