Friends & Colleagues, 

In today’s newsletter, we focus on trauma surgeon Dr. Carmen Flores, who completed both surgical critical care and trauma/acute care fellowships at the UNLV School of Medicine before becoming an assistant professor of surgery at the school earlier this year. A mother of four children, she and her husband have a 15-year-old daughter, 12-year-old boy and 4-year-old twin girls. Dr. Flores believes being a caring mother makes her both a better physician and better surgeon. Make no mistake: She has to be better than good to join the trauma team at UMC, our school’s main training hospital and one of the national leaders in trauma care. National Trauma Data Bank statistics have shown that of those who arrive at Nevada’s only Level 1 trauma center -- many with less than a 1 percent chance to live -- 96 percent survive and are discharged.