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Department of Internal Medicine - Las Vegas


Message from the Chairman:

I would like to welcome you to the website for the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) Department of Internal Medicine, Las Vegas. Our department has faculty members, residents, and staff dedicated to our missions of service, education, and research.

Our department is committed to providing quality patient care in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of inpatient practice occurs together with the residency program at our affiliate hospital University Medical Center. The faculty ambulatory practice is located at our Patient Care Center. Our general internists provide primary care and operate a weight management clinic. The subspecialty faculty practice makes cutting edge care obtainable in the Las Vegas area. Our division of gastroenterology has an Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinic, and performs advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound. The neurology division offers expertise in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular care including the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic, and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The endocrine division manages an AADE certified Diabetes Center.  Our division of rheumatology cares for patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other disorders. Our division of pulmonary and critical care medicine provides ICU care and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic management of lung nodules and lung cancers. We have centers for advanced care include our pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease center and our sarcoidosis center.

Our department is dedicated to education. We have the largest, post-graduate training program in the state of Nevada with 70 residents.  Our mission is to provide quality training to physicians who will be practicing primary care, subspecialty internal medicine care, or completing a preliminary year prior to joining their specialty program. The residency board pass rate for 2010-2012 is 95% (42 of 44 passed).  The curriculum incorporates hands-on training at our state of the art Simulation Center.   Our residents are successful in matching into competitive fellowship programs. We train a number of medical students from UNSOM, in both general internal medicine and subspecialty electives.

Our clinical research has grown considerably over the last few years.  We are conducting clinical trials in the areas of inflammatory bowel disease, movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and medical education. Please see our research page for a listing of the trials and information about patient recruitment.  The federally funded Diabetes Center is a rich resource for the development of innovative research in Nevada. The residency also contributes to the annual Nevada American College of Physicians Conference and our residents and faculty present at many national conferences each year.  

Thank you for your interest in our department and I hope you find this site informative.

               

Sincerely,

John Varras, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Chairman

Department of Internal Medicine, Las Vegas

2040 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 300

Las Vegas, NV 89102

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