Friends and Colleagues,

It was in July 2017 that our first class of students -- all of whom received full scholarships from our generous donors -- began their medical school studies. Today, these students, all with ties to Nevada, are less than a year away from their May graduation. Much has happened, including an ongoing global pandemic, during their three years on campus. We’re well on the way to full accreditation of our school and our public-spirited philanthropists, who want to see healthcare transformed in Southern Nevada, have pledged the resources necessary to begin the building of an ultra-modern new facility in 2021 that will not only house the UNLV School of Medicine, but also serve as a galvanizing force for the continued growth of the Las Vegas Medical District. As our students enter the home stretch toward graduation, they are looking ahead to further residency training in their chosen specialties. In today’s newsletter, we focus on the president of the class of 2021, native Las Vegan Toyokazu “Chris” Endo, who soon will undergo at least six more years of training to become a cardiothoracic surgeon that Southern Nevadans can count on for surgical excellence. We congratulate Chris and all of his classmates for their commitment to caring for our community.