Comprehensive Cancer Centers I Quit For campaign

Comprehensive Cancer Centers and UNLV’s ‘I Quit For’ Campaign Returns

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I Quit For’ Campaign Returns to Raise Awareness Amid Projected Rise in Nevada Lung Cancer Diagnoses and Growing Vape Usage

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) and UNLV are bringing back its popular “I Quit For” initiative for a third consecutive year, designed to encourage people who smoke tobacco products to kick the habit and addiction.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 2,090 Nevadans will be diagnosed with a form of lung cancer this year, marking a nearly 24 percent increase over the 1,680 new cases projected statewide in 2017. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, accounting for more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancer deaths combined.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers I Quit For campaign

Comprehensive Cancer Centers I Quit For campaign in partnership with UNLV.

Additionally, vaping figures continue to be substantial with young people. Approximately 2.1 million middle and high school students said they used e-cigarettes in 2017, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Beginning on November 1 – the first day of Lung Cancer Awareness Month – Comprehensive will place eight tobacco drop-off bins on three UNLV campuses. One bin will be placed at the Paradise Campus (851 E. Tropicana Ave., 89119), one at the Shadow Lane Campus (1001 Shadow Lane, 89106), two at the Student Union on the Maryland Campus (4505 S. Maryland Parkway, 89154) and the remaining four will be stationed at Thomas & Mack Center or Sam Boyd Stadium during events.

“The mission of this meaningful community partnership, now three years strong, remains the same – keeping Southern Nevadans healthy and from ever having to visit one of our clinics for cancer treatment,” said Jon Bilstein, executive director of Comprehensive. “With a projected rise in new lung cancer diagnoses in Nevada and a growing number of young people vaping, there has never been a better time to kick the addiction. Quitting smoking not only reduces your chance of lung cancer, but all cancers.”

Those wanting to quit may deposit any unused tobacco products in the bins and make a simple and meaningful “I Quit For” pledge. The pledge encourages attendees to write the name of a child, parent, friend or loved one to whom they are promising to quit smoking, taking the pledge to a symbolic level. They can then snap a photo of themselves with their pledge form and send it to their friends and family members, or post on social media with the hashtag #IQuitFor.

Pledge forms are attached to each drop-off bin. Additional components of the I Quit For campaign include health-focused messaging shared via on-campus video monitors, university publications and social media. Information about the campaign, tools, and resources to help individuals quit smoking and additional pledge forms are available at

Comprehensive recognizes that dropping off tobacco products is only the first step in what can be a difficult process to quit smoking. Those making the “I Quit For” pledge are encouraged to take advantage of the Nevada Tobacco Quitline’s resources by visiting or calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multidisciplinary practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 60 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website, and follow the practice on Facebook and on Twitter.

About UNLV

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. Learn more at UNLV’s website.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Named First and Only Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in Nevada

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Center Honored for Advancements in Both Clinical Care and Research

On Friday, Oct. 19, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was honored by the Parkinson’s Foundation by being designated as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, the first and only in the state of Nevada.

Lou Ruvo Center Parkinson’s Award.

Following a tour of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s state-of-the-art facilities, Sean Kramer, vice president and chief development officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation and Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, a real estate firm based in Miami, and supporter to the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network expansion, presented Zoltan Mari, MD, director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, Angie Ruvo Chair; Camille and Larry Ruvo, co-founders of Keep Memory Alive and Allison Herman, Parkinson’s Foundation board director, with a commemorative plaque to officially welcome them to the Center of Excellence global network.

Dr. Mari graciously accepted the plaque, saying “we are humbled by this recognition and will use it to continue making advancements in both clinical care and research so that our vision for a cure can one day become a reality.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network is comprised of 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States and serve more than 145,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams – neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals – who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in PD.

During the event, guests also heard from Mr. Tony Cox, a patient living with PD, who spoke about how the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has helped him and his wife, who also serves as his caregiver, navigate through the challenges of the disease by providing excellent patient care and free educational resources. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Governor Brian Sandoval sent well wishes to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 19 as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Day in both Las Vegas and the state, respectively.

Mr. Ruvo closed out the ceremony with a champagne toast, thanking everyone for attending and sharing his excitement for the future, stating “with this recognition, what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas, it benefits the rest of the world.”

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and

Photo credit: Denise Truscello for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Limited Tickets Available for 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala

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Limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to celebrate triumphs in LGBTQ health equality

Las Vegas local celebrity Brian Keith will be master of ceremonies.

GLMA: Health professionals advancing LGBTQ equality announces limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to be held Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 from 7-10:00 PM at the Keep Memory Alive Center at 888 W. Bonneville Ave. in Las Vegas.

This highly anticipated event celebrates outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations to LGBTQ health and LGBTQ equality. The gala is the capstone of the 36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health.

Limited tickets are available through GLMA’s website. Individual tickets are $175, but are selling quickly. Brian Keith, local celebrity female impersonator, will serve as the entertainment and MC. Award recipients include John Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner from Las Vegas who is being honored for his commitment to providing exemplary and culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community of Southern Nevada.

“We hope local LGBTQ residents and allies of Las Vegas and surrounding communities will join us in celebrating on this momentous occasion, “ said Hector Vargas, GLMA Executive Director.

About the 36th Annual GLMA Conference on LGBTQ Health

GLMA’s annual conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issue and concerns.

About GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

GLMA is the world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ health professionals and allies. Since 1981, GLMA has been committed to ensuring health equality for both patients and health professionals. For more information visit or contact Shyam Patel at

John Packham – HCCN Interactive Manual

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Las Vegas HEALS Workforce Taskforce Members,

We are pleased to announce our next meeting at the new Las Vegas HEALS location in Summerlin at the Roseman University of Health Sciences, One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135.  Please join us Tuesday October 30th at 11:30 AM, as we engage in identifying challenges and proposed action items for addressing the issues that keep Human Resource Teams and leaders in the Healthcare community up at night.

We have included a light lunch to help us fit this important time into your busy calendars.  We also plan to identify a day and time for a recurring monthly lunch meeting going forward.

We have a special guest speaker in John Packham, PhD (Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives with University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Reno), so we know you will not want to miss this opportunity.  Please access the following links to preview Dr. Packham’s reports …

Download 2018-2019 HCCN Interactive Manual

Download Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018

Beyond Stark: Nevada’s Lesser-Known Physician Self-Referral Laws

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By J. Malcolm DeVoy, Attorney, DeVoy Law

Nevada law imposes obligations upon physicians that are under-appreciated and may foil an otherwise effective compliance program. Medical providers are aware of the federal penalties for kickbacks and impermissible self-referrals under the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, which can include civil monetary penalties, exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid, and even criminal prosecution. Many providers believe that if they do not accept Medicare or Medicaid, then their regulatory burden is all but eliminated. This is only partially true. Nevada has long had its own laws against self-referrals that apply to all referrals made by physicians—or others acting at their behest1—regardless of payment source.2

Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals is similar to the Stark Law, but distinct enough that compliance with federal law alone does not ensure compliance with state law. Nevada prohibits a physician from referring a patient for any goods or service “related to health care” to any health facility, laboratory, imaging center, or broadly defined “commercial establishment,”3 in which the referrer has a financial interest.4 A “financial interest” is defined as an “ownership or other interest” held by the referrer or the referrer’s family member, including immediate family, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and certain in-laws as well.5

To satisfy this definition, the referrer’s interest must provide compensation to the physician (or family member) that varies based on the volume or value of goods and services provided due to referrals.6Regulations provide examples of what payments would qualify under this definition. These include finder’s fees, income-sharing agreements, debt instruments, leases, or other relationships where the referring physician’s compensation is tied to the value or quantity of goods or services referred to the business.7

Like the Stark Law, Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals contains exceptions to its application, and several of the exceptions under Nevada law are similar to the exceptions that exist for the Stark Law. For example, referrals within a group practice of physicians are permitted.8 Similarly, referrals to large, publicly traded companies in which the physician is an investor are allowed.9 Recognizing the challenges faced in rural Nevada as well, certain referrals that otherwise would be prohibited are permitted based on geographic factors.10

These exceptions to Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals are narrowly drawn and limited in number. Nevada’s prohibitions on physician self-referral have fewer exceptions than the Stark Law, which sets forth exemptions within the statute itself, and still more exceptions within the Code of Federal Regulations. The exceptions to the Nevada law that do exist are less developed than those accompanying the Stark Law, which have been examined and explained by the United States Department of Health and Human Services over the span of decades.

Any violation of this law, which is written to impose strict liability, is a misdemeanor.11 Physicians may also face professional discipline for violating Nevada’s self-referral prohibitions,12 or an investigation by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.13 Loss or impairment of a professional license, and one’s livelihood, is never worth the short-term gain of improper referrals. For that reason, it is crucial for physicians to ensure their referral practices comply not only with federal law, but even Nevada’s lesser-known laws as well.

1 – NAC 439B.5402.
2 – NRS 439.425.
3 – NAC 439B.5207.
4 – NRS 439B.425(1).
5 – NAC 439B.530(1).
6 – Id. 439B.530(1)(a).
7 – Id. 439B.530(2).
8 – NRS 439B.425(2)(c) and (5)(a); see also NAC 439B.5404(1) and (2).
9 – NRS 439B.425(2)(f).
10 – Id. 439B.425(2)(a) and (g).
11 – Id. 439B.425(1) and (3).
12 – Id. 630.305(1)(c) (specifying a violation of NRS 439B.425 as a ground for professional discipline); see also Id. 633.131(1)(c) and 2(a) (describing prohibited referral-based compensation that may be a basis  or discipline).
13 – NAC 439B.5408.

Roseman University and ACS Hosting Cancer Research Symposium

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Roseman University and the American Cancer Society Host Cancer Research Symposium in Summerlin

Roseman University of Health Sciences and the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer chapter for Southern Nevada will host a first-ever cancer research symposium at Roseman’s Summerlin campus on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The symposium features presentations by Michael Melner, PhD, the American Cancer Society’s Director of Molecular Genetics and Thomas Graeber, PhD, the Director of UCLA’s Metabolomics Center. Melner will be presenting an overview of American Cancer Society funding opportunities, processes, and best practices in securing funding. Dr. Graeber will speak about his work as a cancer researcher and share his perspectives on the methods and infrastructure required to execute top quality research, as well as how to build Nevada’s cancer research community.

Melner is responsible for three Peer Review Committees in the Extramural Grant department of the American Cancer Society. Graeber was the 2017 recipient of the Society’s prestigious Giants of Science Passion Award. He is also faculty at UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology.

The Nevada Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer is reaching out to institutions and companies to advance medical research within the Silver State, and Roseman has stepped forward to partner with them.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About Roseman University of Health Sciences:

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of a College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and a healthcare-focused MBA program. The University will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine once it becomes accredited. More than 5,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Mark Winkler, MD – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Mark Winkler, MD

Mark Winkler, MD

Partner/Radiologist – Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI)
Medical Advisory Board, Cannon Medical Systems

Dr. Mark L. Winkler is a founding partner and diagnostic radiologist at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI). He earned three honors degrees from Brown University, and completed his internship at Stanford University Medical Center and his residency at University of California, San Francisco. He was one of the first MRI-trained fellows in the world. Before he relocated to Las Vegas, Dr. Winkler was the clinical director of the MRI Research Facility at UCSF and a neuroradiologist at San Francisco General Hospital.

Throughout the years, Dr. Winkler has worked tirelessly on improving MRI sequencing with each generation of scanners. He has been sought after by companies such as Toshiba Medical and Cannon to consult on MRI systems and contributed to the design and continuous improvement of both the Cannon Medical Celesteion PET/CT scanners and Toshiba and Cannon CT Scanners. These unique partnerships and Dr. Winkler’s passion for cutting-edge technology have propelled SDMI to being one of the most prestigious out-patient radiology practices and has allowed Las Vegas to consistently have access to top-of-the-line equipment.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Rupesh J. Parikh, MD – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D.

Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D.

Medical Oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Dr. Parikh’s philosophy of taking care of the patient first and the disease second has helped him become highly regarded both locally and nationally, recently culminating in his role of Practice President at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

As a young boy, Dr. Parikh was often sick. It was at that young age that he knew he wanted to be a doctor and help people, just as his doctors helped him. Since joining Comprehensive Cancer Centers in 2005, Dr. Parikh has been on the frontlines in the fight against cancer – he has been developing new pathways and targeted therapies to help improve Nevada’s cancer statistics. Dr. Parikh treats hundreds of patients annually and is the principal investigator for many of Comprehensive Cancer Center’s trials. He is working tirelessly to ensure that no one needs to leave Las Vegas for cancer care, because the best care can be found right here in Nevada.

Dr. Parikh is also very involved in the Southern Nevada medical community. He currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro University and Clinical Assistant Professor for the UNLV School of Medicine. He sits on the Medical Executive Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee at the Dignity Health St. Rose Hospitals in Southern Nevada. He also serves as Chief of Staff for Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican’s Siena and Rose de Lima campuses.

He is the recipient of numerous notable awards include: Patients’ Choice Award from 2008-2018; Most Compassionate Doctor Award from 2010-2018; and was named America’s Top Oncologist by the Consumer Research Council of America. The health informational website,, also recognized him as on of the top oncologists in the United States.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Eddy H. Luh, MD, FACS – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Eddy H Luh, MD, FACS

Eddy H Luh, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgeon – Las Vegas Surgical Associates

Dr. Eddy H. Luh, a Vascular Surgeon at Las Vegas Surgical Associates, is one of only a handful of board-certified vascular surgeons in Las Vegas. Dr. Luh is an advocate of promoting endovascular procedures in treatment of vascular disease and has brought many innovative techniques in regard to vascular surgery to Las Vegas. He has given multiple talks and has been involved in physician training sessions both in Las Vegas and abroad for new and innovative procedures and products.

Dr. Luh has remained at the forefront of treatment of venous disease not only in our community but also worldwide. He has served as the chief of surgery and a member of the medical executive committee at Valley Hospital since 2008. Dr. Luh is one of the original board members of Premier Physicians Insurance Company and remains active on the board today. He has served on the Well Health Quality Care Assurance Board and the Claims Committee at PPIC, along with the credentialing committee for Valley Health System.

Dr. Luh has been a clinical assistant professor for the UNSOM and is currently an adjunct clinical professor for Touro University. He was recognized in 2012 by Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance and contributions to its Graduate Medical Education program. Dr. Luh has helped out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, various sporting events and was honored as a Vegas Hero at a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS

Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D., FACS

Professor, Trauma & Critical Care – UNLV School of Medicine
Medical Director, Trauma Intensive Care Unit – UMC

Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a professor of trauma and critical care in the UNLV School of Medicine, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and critical care. She is program director of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program and medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She was on duty at UMC on the night of October 1, 2017, when Las Vegas had the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Dr. Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, UNLV School of Medicine’s representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and is treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.

In 2016, she was nominated by the American College of Surgeons and won the prestigious National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Service to Safety. In 2015, she received a Presidential Citation for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Kuhls has traveled around the world to share her expertise with other medical professionals. One such location was Thailand, where she mentored doctors on how to develop a trauma center. These doctors found her guidance so valuable she was inducted as an Honorary Fellow by the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards