Construction To Start For UNLV Hospitality Hall

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Construction crews this week will start building a new $59 million home for UNLV’s hospitality school, a four-story facility that will boast a high-tech kitchen, a student-run cafe and sweeping views of the glimmering Las Vegas skyline.

“This is a huge day for this university and this community,” UNLV President Len Jessup told dignitaries and donors who gathered at the building site Wednesday evening to celebrate the start of the project.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.


Groundbreaking For UNLV Hotel College’s New Digs Was Years In The Making

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Construction of a state-of-the-art facility touted as the future of UNLV’s world renowned hotel college is finally underway.

“Here at UNLV we are going to double down on hospitality,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the hotel college.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.


AHF Health Care Centers In Las Vegas Welcome Dr. Michael Karagiozis

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Dr. Michael Karagiozis has joined AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a full-time medical director for AHF Health Care Center’s two locations in Las Vegas. Karagiozis has spent a considerable portion of his career treating HIV patients and working with marginalized populations.

-AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global HIV/AIDS organization, is proud to welcome Dr. Michael Karagiozis as a full-time medical director for the AHF Health Care Centers in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. As medical director, Karagiozis will treat HIV patients while providing guidance and leadership to AHF physicians and staff. His addition to the AHF team in Las Vegas will help expand services in the region and build partnerships with relevant providers and organizations.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Karagiozis on board as a full-time medical director for our Las Vegas AHF Health Care Centers,” said Dale Gluth, AHF’s Regional Director for Las Vegas. “His wealth of experience in treating patients with HIV and educating physicians will make him an excellent addition to our team.”

In addition to his role as a medical director, Dr. Karagiozis hopes to initiate a certification program to educate residents and medical students on the proper care and treatment of HIV patients. He is an experienced educator, having taught a course in primary care to osteopathic medical students at Touro University Nevada, established the first accredited fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in Southern Nevada and founded the Certified Medical Investigator program for the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. Karagiozis senses a troubling lack of confidence in family physicians and internists when dealing with HIV patients, due to stigma as well as lack of awareness about regular testing parameters and treatment options. The unwillingness to address the disease, according to Karagiozis, results in a lack of HIV diagnoses and inadequate care.

“Nothing destroys fear, ignorance and disempowerment like education,” said Dr. Karagiozis. “If we can educate people about HIV and demystify it, then it will just become another disease to be treated.”

During his final year at the Western University of Health Sciences in 1986, Dr. Karagiozis was assigned to work in a hospital outside Hollywood where his floor contained all HIV-positive men. He could do little to alleviate the patients’ suffering, a powerlessness that left a “significant and indelible mark.” When Karagiozis arrived in Reno for his residency, he was one of few family physicians with prior HIV experience. Years later, he was placed in charge of Nevada’s state HIV program.

Dr. Karagiozis has now been practicing in Las Vegas for over 13 years. From campaigning to get prison inmates on HIV treatment, to spending the last several years providing hospice and palliative care for terminally ill patients, Karagiozis thrives where most family physicians fear to tread. As a medical director for AHF, he will continue to serve disadvantaged populations in Las Vegas and diminish the stigma surrounding HIV. With the likely addition of his educational certification program, Karagiozis aims to establish AHF as a leading authority on care and treatment strategies for HIV patients.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 605,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website:, find us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.


Hospitality Hall Groundbreaking

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Harrah Hotel College celebrates the construction of its new building.

The Harrah College of Hotel Administration held a groundbreaking ceremony for Hospitality Hall on March 30, 2016. The building will offer 93,500 square feet of experiential learning spaces, a rooftop event space looking toward the Strip, a golf center for the PGA management program, and a student-run cafe.

Dean Stowe Shoemaker noted that the $59 million facility “is designed to be accessible and collaborative, with open halls and common areas for students to interact with other students, educators, and industry.”

Rather than a tossing of dirt with a ceremonial shovel, the groundbreaking celebration involved a sabrage, a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber.

The new building will be located just west of the Hotel College’s current home in Frank and Estella Beam Hall and is expected to open at the end of 2017.

UNLV President Len Jessup noted that the costs of construction have been split between state funding and private donors. Founder-level donors include: Caesars Entertainment Foundation; Konami Gaming, Inc.; Las Vegas Sands; MGM Resorts International; Boyd Gaming Corp.; Station Casinos; the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; and the Engelstad Family Foundation. Leader-level donors include Don and Dee Snyder; and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Benefactor-level donors include: Bob Boughner; Cynthia Kiser Murphey; and Harrah Hotel College faculty.

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LVGEA Hires Director Of Strategic Initiatives And Research

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The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance welcomes to the team Michael Gordon, Ph.D., director of strategic initiatives and research.
As part of LVGEA’s rapidly expanding staff and goal to achieve a research component within the organization, Dr. Gordon will be crucial to spearheading this initiative.

“By welcoming Dr. Michael Gordon to our staff, LVGEA is now fully equipped to develop our own research to better serve the business community and Southern Nevada,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “Dr. Gordon is an invaluable asset to our team, and I am confident that Southern Nevada will benefit greatly from his addition to our organization.”

“I’m excited to work in a dynamic environment which builds global relationships to improve the Las Vegas valley. Specifically, I’m looking forward to producing research that is timely, collaborative in nature and useful to our partners and the region,” said Dr. Gordon.

Dr. Gordon collaborates with the LVGEA team in the implementation of the regional economic development plan. He will also track and report progress on the strategic plan, LVGEA’s deliverables to other stakeholders in the region, and conducts public policy research.

About the LVGEA:
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. LVGEA’s vision is to help Southern Nevada residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy.

UNLV Medical School On Track To Open Next Year, Dean Says

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The medical school at UNLV is on schedule to open to 60 students in fall 2017, and it expects thousands of applications, its chief said today.

Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson said faculty recruitment is underway. She briefed the Legislative Committee on Education on the progress of the school approved by the 2015 Legislature, which allocated $26.8 million to get it off the ground.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

7 Providers At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health Obtain “MS Specialist” Certification

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Center continues to advance service offerings with Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers certification

Seven providers at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health recently obtained a certification from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). Four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one nurse practitioner and one social worker are now certified “MS Specialists,” which reflects knowledge in the specialization of Multiple Sclerosis care. Attained in time for National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, the credential illustrates the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas’commitment to offering an interdisciplinary approach to MS care and treatment.

 “The treatment of MS is much different than the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease,” said Jen Nash, manager of rehabilitation services at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Each and every individual patient requires a unique treatment path and a cadre of health care providers and I’m thrilled that the MS team achieved official CMSC recognition of their expertise.”

The goal of the certification process is to provide quality and consistent treatment to those living with MS. Training entails recognizing and establishing MS specialists, establishing basic knowledge to practice MS and continuing education to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by the disease.

Unlike many therapy programs, the Mellen Program for MS at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health focuses on the education of body awareness including, postural control and using exercise to manage symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, which are extremely prevalent in MS. In addition to enhancing care by obtaining the CMSC certification, the Rehabilitation Services Program will now provide a new education video to help patients better understand their disease. MS rehabilitation sessions will consist of individualized skilled treatment that requires recommendation from the Center’s MS doctors, Hua and Hersh. Those interested in seeking treatment can make an appointment with either doctor by calling 702- 483-6000

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit

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“Clinical Trial Of Inhaled Drug Targets Parkinson”

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Before her diagnosis, Cidney Donahoo had an image in her head of what Parkinson’s disease looked like: actor Michael J. Fox.

“I knew that Michael J. Fox had it, and I knew that it involved a tremor and that’s literally all I knew,” she said, remembering seeing the actor shake vigorously.

“I kind of knew what was going on, so it wasn’t a big shock when I was diagnosed,” she said.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.