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July 29, 2014

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Area would benefit from a med school

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I’ve been in Southern Nevada since 1973, and I have been in health care for more than 50 years. I was chief of staff at UMC in 1982-83 and was instrumental in changing the name of the hospital to UMC, founding its first foundation and bringing in the annual children’s telethon.

I did extensive research on our state medical school for a book I wrote. I have the knowledge and experience to state that Dr. Mark Doubrava, who wants to see a medical school at UNLV, speaks correctly about having a medical school in Southern Nevada. He is looking at what’s best for the 2 million Southern Nevada residents, as opposed to the special interests of the Reno-controlled University of Nevada School of Medicine and the special interests of the privately run Touro University medical school.

From my 40 years of experience, I know that philanthropic money will pour into a UNLV medical school, just like it’s doing at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. That money will never be realized for our Reno-controlled medical school (annual tuition of about $22,000), and certainly not for the private osteopathic school (annual tuition of about $47,000). I’d welcome a public forum for the idea of a UNLV medical school.

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  1. Excellent idea, Dr. Kriesler. A worthwhile effort that can be funded by special taxes, levies, bonds, and/or a combination of both public and private financing. Las Vegan voters, as well as Nevada residents would, I opine, completely support a medical school at UNLV.

    Carmine D

  2. Which will give Las Vegas and the area the greatest return on investment over the long term....a full-blown medical school and research center or a entertainment/stadium center. Guess which UNLV is vigorously pursuing?

  3. In an ideal world with unlimited finances Las Vegas could do both: School and stadium. That's not the real world. I would favor doing the stadium first IF, and it's a big one, a percentage of the proceeds from the stadium's profits are earmarked specifically for the med school. To sweeten the deal have a sports medicine program/curriculum in the med school.

    Carmine D

  4. All of you seem to forget that the Medical School is the crown jewel of UNR. UNLV already has a surprisingly good law school. The legislature isn't going to allow UNLV to eclipse it's northern sister institution.