Vegas Hospital CEO Sam Kaufman Recognized In National Beckers’ Hospital Review

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Sam Kaufman, the CEO of Desert Springs Hospital and Henderson Hospital in southern Nevada, struggled with his weight for his entire life until he underwent gastric sleeve weight loss surgery in April 2013. He didn’t go far for the procedure since Desert Springs Hospital is nationally certified as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Sam worked with Surgical Weight Control Center surgeons  Jim Atkinson, MD,  and Darren Soong, MD, to ensure the best possible outcome, losing over 135 pounds and opting to share his story with many others who were dealing with the same issues.
Sam was featured in a multimedia advertising campaign discussing his weight loss, and even blogged while he was undergoing the weight loss process (
To learn more Desert Springs Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss, visit  It includes information about the procedure, the surgeons, seminars, success stories, and even its own SHAPER app, which allows people to upload a photo and see what they would look like once pounds are swiped away. 
To read the original article in Beckers Hospital Review, click here.
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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.

Click here to access the original article from UNLV News Center.

Southern Hills Hospital Opens New Orthopedic/Spine Unit

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Hospital Expands by 46 Patient Rooms

Southern Hills Hospital announces that it has expanded its hospital by opening a new 46-bed Orthopedic/Spine Unit on its fifth floor.

The $14 million expansion to Southern Hills’ main hospital building replaceimage006s the existing orthopedic unit on the hospital’s third floor, which will become an expanded Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a new Intermediate Care Unit. Since opening in 2004, Southern Hills has continued to address the growing healthcare needs of the community by adding services, which include the construction of a new full-service emergency room in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. ER at the Lakes is scheduled to open this fall.

“Soimage008uthern Hills Hospital is proud to provide another level of healthcare to our community,” said Adam Rudd, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Southern Hills Hospital. “It is exciting to expand our services and maintain our commitment to delivering high quality care in Southern Nevada.”

Construction of the new unit began July 2015. With the additional beimage002ds, Southern Hills Hospital is now a 180-bed hospital.

About Southern Hills Hospital
Voted the Best Hospital in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health (geriatric psychiatric) inpatient and outpatient program serving ages 50 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic, neurology and spine unit, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, recognized Southern Hills Hospital as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 – the only Nevada hospital to earn this recognition for five consecutive years. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

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MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Department Announces First Class Of Internal Medicine Residents

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MountainView Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency program announced its 20 Internal Medicine Residents – during the annual event called Match Day – when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. This will be MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education department’s first Internal Medicine resident class.

The talented group of residents will join MountainView Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency program July 1, 2016. The announcement of MountainView’s first class of residents is the culmination of years of hard work to develop and implement the hospital’s graduate medical education program.

“We are very excited to reach this important milestone in the development of MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program,” said Dr. Ali Rahimi, MountainView Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Director. “Our inaugural resident class will help set the standard – and the high bar – for the future of the program.”

Match Day is the final event of a system known as the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Nationwide, fourth-year medical students tour hospitals and universities to meet with faculty in order to find the right “match” for their residency goals. Likewise, graduate medical education programs interview students to find candidates who meet the program goals, as well as facility and community needs. While the students apply directly to the residency programs, they must also take part in The Match through the NRMP by ranking their preference of programs. Meanwhile, residency programs, like MountainView’s Internal Medicine Residency program, rank applicants in order of preference. The resulting matches are revealed on the same day nationwide to the students.

There were 20 PGY-1 (post-graduate year 1) slots available in MountainView’s Internal Medicine Residency program and all were successfully matched and filled.

In September 2015, MountainView Hospital received accreditation for its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Specialized training in Internal Medicine residency programs takes place over a three year period. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

MountainView conducted approximately 225 medical student interviews starting in October 2015, with applicants from around the country.

“The interviews were an exciting time at MountainView, as applicants came to meet and interview with the Internal Medicine faculty and hospital staff, and tour the facilities,” said Dr. Rahimi. “This was an opportunity to not only showcase MountainView to future clinicians, but highlight that Las Vegas is an excellent place to live, work and practice medicine.”

“MountainView Hospital has devoted significant time and resources to the building of its Graduate Medical Education program, from recruiting faculty around the country to training and infrastructure,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This will be a transformational year for MountainView and the Las Vegas healthcare community.”

Additional residency programs in a variety of specialties will be announced in the coming months.

About MountainView Hospital:
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital (MVH) is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. MountainView is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program. MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV


Healthsouth Henderson Recognized As One Of The Top 10 Percent Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities In The U.S.

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HENDERSON, Nev. – HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) for the eighth year. The hospital ranked in the top ten percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2015 as well as 2006- 2012.

UDSMR® is a non-profit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. To determine the rankings, UDSMR® uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospital’s rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patient’s progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the tenth year that UDSMR® has issued the awards.

In 2015, HealthSouth Henderson is pleased to report that:

The average length of patient stay was 14 days.
73.3 percent of HealthSouth Henderson patients were able to go home at discharge.
It holds disease-specific care certification from The Joint Commission for its stroke rehabilitation program.


“Our staff works hard to achieve great results, and I applaud them for their unwavering commitment to quality patient care,” said SaPMR DOCS
m Billig, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Henderson. “Patients have a choice and we welcome them to explore the specialized, state-of-the-art rehabilitation services that our hospital has to offer.”

The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2015 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results
were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 782 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR® database.

About UDSMR®
About UDSMR®: Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) is a division of UB Foundation Activities Inc., a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Founded in 1987, UDSMR® administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, and its instruments provide the field with a common language and measurement tools for outcomes and functional assessment. CMS has adopted UDSMR®’s FIM™ instrument as the basis for the IRF PPS, and UDSMR® provides exclusive training and support to the agency.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson
HealthSouth Henderson is a 90-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout southern Nevada and Arizona, the hospital is located at 10301 Jeffreys Street in Henderson and on the Web at

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at

Las Vegas HEALS Upcoming Healthcare Happy Hour Offers Inside Look At Blossom Bariatrics’ New Facility

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Las Vegas HEALS and Blossom Bariatrics host a Healthcare Professionals Happy Hour on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This one-of-a-kind networking event will provide attendees an evening full of fun, drinks, food by Diamond Events & Productions, networking and a tour of the brand new facility.

Blossom Bariatrics’ new stateofthe art facility features an all-in-one approach for bariatric patients that includes in house blood work, EKG, ultrasound capability, stress echo testing, medication dispensing, IV Therapy and vitamin injections. Blossom Bariatrics pre and postoperative care is second to none and offers nutritional assistance and one on one counseling, guiding patients through their weight loss journey every step of the way.

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Other sponsors of the St. Paddy’s Day themed event are Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Invoegen Surgical Services, and First Federal Realty.

Umbach Video“Our Healthcare Happy Hours have become the ‘go-to’ events for healthcare professionals looking to network with their peers. Members have found tremendous value in hosting these events to showcase their new facilities,” said Ann Lynch, president of Las Vegas HEALS. Past events have been used to introduce members to Steinberg Diagnostics newest facility in the Medical District, and the new tower of the St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus.

Healthcare Happy Hours provide sponsorship opportunities for organizations to conduct open houses,
grand openings, and make industry announcements. The events are open to all physicians and members of Las Vegas HEALS. Non-members are able to attend one event as a guest. Early-bird admission is $30. Physician attendance is always complimentary. To learn more about Las Vegas HEALS, visit, call 702-952-2477 or email

About Las Vegas HEALS:
Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the health care community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality health care. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 28,000 health care professionals. Multiple task forces, councils, and committees meet regularly to address various issues and opportunities. Recent Las Vegas HEALS initiatives have included the release of the Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan for Medical & Wellness Tourism, expansion of graduate medical education that was recently funded $10 million and most recently a discussion on reimbursement rates. Learn more 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. For more information, visit

About Invoegen Surgical Services LLC:
Invoegen Surgical Services, LLC (ISS) is a professional medical/surgical consulting company. Focusing on the development, accreditation and operation of single and multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Centers and In-Office Surgical Suites. Services include site selection, space planning, governance structure, policy and procedure, compliance, organizational and staff development, strategic planning, managed care analysis, human resources, third-party contract negotiation, marketing and business development. For more information, call 702-622-0602.

About First Federal Realty DeSimone:
Joe DeSimone founded First Federal Realty DeSimone in 1996. First Federal Realty DeSimone represents a wide variety of buyers and sellers in Southern Nevada We have also developed over 85 professional office buildings in multiple complexes incorporating community need analysis, commercial financing, site selection – analysis – acquisition, architectural design, construction supervision, lease procurement, and property management.
First Federal Realty DeSimone team prides itself in the superb personal service to our buyers, sellers and investors. Our firm’s primary objective is to develop and preserve each personal relationship. For more information, visit

Spring Valley Hospital Opens Outpatient Therapy Center

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Center features therapy services, anti-gravity treadmill

Note: A free seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. focusing on “Conservative Treatment Options for Joint Pain and Injury” at the new Outpatient Therapy Center at Spring Valley Hospital. To register, call 702-388-4888 or register online at

The Outpatient Therapy Center at Spring Valley Hospital is now accepting patients, with the goal of helping people regain strength, re-educate muscles, decrease inflammation, reduce pain and increase their endurance following an injury, accident or other traumatic situation. Located next to the hospital, the center is located at 5380 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 100.

“Our new program helps people continue their recovery from surgery or other major health issues, like a stroke or a sports injury,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO and Managing Director of
Spring Valley Hospital.

The Outpatient Therapy Center at Spring Valley Hospital features the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill to assist with patients’ recovery. The treadmill was developedC Spring Valley Hospital AlterG photo 2.24.16 using NASA technology and helps patients walk without using their full body weight (photo attached; see caption at end of release).

“We are very excited to have this equipment,” said David Morgan, director of the outpatient therapy center and the acute rehabilitation unit at Spring Valley Hospital. “It’s very beneficial for arthritic patients, post-operative patients and injured athletes. It’s also a great therapy to use with people recovering from a stroke, or who have multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease since it helps with balance and walking skills.”

The anti-gravity treadmill also features a three-camera video analysis, which allows the therapist to identify areas for improvement, such as balance, walking and the patient’s gait (manner of walking) within a safe environment.

Service available at the Outpatient Therapy Center include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

The center specializes in caring for people with orthopedic injuries and conditions, sports injuries, workers compensation cases and neurological conditions.

To participate, a physician’s order is required. Multiple insurances are accepted. To learn more or schedule an appointment or tour, please call 702-853-3950.

Photo caption: James Horrocks, manager of the Outpatient Therapy Center at Spring Valley Hospital, (right) explains the AlterG treadmill analysis to David Morgan, director of Acute Rehabilitation and Therapy Services, during a hands-on practice session.

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Desert Radiology Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Southern Nevada

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Desert Radiology, Southern Nevada’s leading diagnostic practice, is celebrating 50 years of providing the community with the highest quality care. Founded by three radiologists in 1966, Desert Radiology is proud to have grown to 70 board certified, USA trained physicians, over 300 staff members and six state of the art outpatient facilities where they provide care to thousands of patients each year. They are the exclusive radiology partner with a local multidisciplinary oncology group, The Culinary Health Fund, The Valley Health System hospital network, UMC, Boulder City Hospital, and Mountain’s Edge Hospital. Desert Radiology also provides diagnostic support to several multi-specialty medical centers throughout Nevada.

The entire team at Desert Radiology is committed to providing their patients with most compassionate, individualized and highest standard of care using the most advanced radiology procedures and diagnostic imaging available today. The radiologists, technical and support personnel promote a reassuring environment that relieves concerns and results in the best possible experience for their patients, all while following their primary mission to provide medical imaging excellence and exceed the expectations of all they serve with an unwavering commitment to integrity. Besides providing the highest quality care in their own locations, Desert Radiologists also works closely with hospitals in Southern Nevada to deliver leading-edge diagnostic imaging services. They are proud to provide radiology interpretations and perform interventional procedures at numerous Nevada hospitals.

Desert Radiology is dedicated to improving the overall patient and provider satisfaction, enhancing employee engagement, identifying and developing new product lines, establishing new strategic alliances/partnerships, and expanding imaging services both regionally and nationally. To accomplish these goals, they continually invest in the most advanced technology available. Notably, they offer Genius 3D Mammography™ which detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. In addition to the 3D and traditional mammograms, Desert Radiology performs DEXA Bone Density scans, CT and Ultrasound guided biopsy, 3T MRI, PET scans, Ultrasound and X-Ray imaging among other services on the most up-to-date equipment on the market. For patient convenience, X-Rays are performed on a walk-in basis at most of our facilities and do not require an appointment.

Desert Radiology also offers a complete array of interventional and vascular services at their dedicated interventional clinic, Desert Vascular Institute. Their board certified interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for cardiovascular conditions as well as a broad range of services for patients with cancer, pain, diabetes, liver, kidney, and other conditions.

Desert Radiology is delighted to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year by continuing to provide the most advanced radiological care to Southern Nevada.

For more information on the services offered at Desert Radiology please contact their patient care center at 702-759-8600 or visit them on the web at

Cleveland Clinic And Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health Are Beginning Phase 3 Alzheimer’s Disease Trial To Determine If Treatment Slows Progression Of Disease

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Those diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease can call Cleveland Clinic at 216-445-9009 or Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 702-483-6000 for more information

February 17, 2016, LAS VEGAS – Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are now recruiting participants for its new, multicenter Alzheimer’s disease (AD) treatment trial EMERGE. The main purpose of the study is to determine if the experimental drug B11B037 can slowdown the progression of symptoms in early AD.

Men and women ages 50 – 85 years of age diagnosed with AD and experiencing mild cognitive impairment with common symptoms such as memory loss, are needed to complete the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Additional study requirements include having a Clinical Dementia Rating – Global score of 0.5, a positive amyloid Position Emission Tomography (PET) scan and a reliable caregiver.

“We are very excited to add the EMERGE study to the extensive list of clinical trials here in Las Vegas and in Cleveland,” said Dr. Kate Zhong, senior director of clinical research at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “With every trial conducted, we learn more about the diseases we treat here and become one step closer to our ultimate goal of finding a cure.”

Study participants will visit their respective trial sites to receive monthly injections during the course of the 78 week trial. The severity of dementia and changes in functional and cognitive impairment in participants will be measured and compared to evaluate the drug’s ability in slowing the progression of AD. Tests and assessments to monitor participants’ health include the completion of several interviews and questionnaires to measure how they are thinking, feeling and performing in everyday activities; physical examinations; Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans; PET (positron emission tomography) and measurements of vital signs.

For more information about the EMERGE trial, including enrollment at Cleveland Clinic call 216-445-9009. To enroll at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health call 702-483-6000, or contact Monica Guerra at 702-701-7893. For more information about Cleveland Clinic and other ongoing trials, 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 Reportconsistently 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

Meet Dr. Dylan Wint, MD, One Of The Six Recipients Of The Prestigious Inspired Excellence In Healthcare Awards.

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Dr. Wint received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University and the University of Miami, respectively. His postgraduate training includes residencies in Neurology and Psychiatry, a research fellowship, and a deep brain stimulation fellowship at the University of Florida, and an integrated neuroimaging fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Upon joining the faculty at Emory University, he developed the Program in Neurologic Psychiatry, a clinical, research, and educational unit dedicated to optimizing the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral problems in patients with neurologic illnesses.


Dr. Wint currently holds the NV Energy Chair for Brain Health Education and directs the Education Department at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  The department develops learning and mentorship opportunities for K-12, college, and professional students; provides educational programs for patients, caregivers, and the general community; and maintains a multidisciplinary continuing education program for medical professionals.

CLICK HERE to lean more about Dr. Dylan Wint.