Valley Health System To Add Eight Residency Programs

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Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP, Named Chief Academic Officer for Program

Valley Hospital has had residency program since 2006

The Valley Health System is expanding its role in Southern Nevada graduate medical education by adding eight residency programs among four hospitals. The programs include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry and the transitional /internship year.

Overseeing the addition of these programs will be Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP, who has been named Chief Academic Officer for The Valley Health System. Dr. Eisen will begin on January 4, 2016.

“The Valley Health System has been involved in graduate medical education since 2006, when we began our program at Valley Hospital,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President. “We have maintained a focus on primary care physicians, along with some highly-needed specialists to meet the ongoing needs of Southern Nevada residents. With the guidance of Dr. Eisen as our Chief Academic Officer, we plan to have residents in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery ready to join us on July 1, 2017.”

The residents will be based at four other Valley Health System hospitals, including Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals.  .

“It’s an exciting time to have two new medical schools opening in Southern Nevada,” said Perez. “However, once they finish medical school, they need to continue their post-graduate training in hospitals. Our goal is to be the continuum which trains future doctors, and then recruits them to remain in the area.”

About Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP
Dr. Eisen served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2006, after nine years teaching with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is currently the medical director for Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and has published and presented on a variety of topics since becoming a board-certified pediatrician in 1997.

Dr. Eisen is currently the president of the Clark County Medical Society, and served as a state assemblyman from 2012 to 2014. He was also awarded the Nicholas J. Horn Award for Public Service by the Nevada State Medical Association in 2014.

A native of Southern Nevada, Dr. Eisen graduated from Chaparral High School before earning a Bachelor of Science in Medicine and a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.  He completed his Pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in his final year.

About Valley Hospital Graduate Medical Education
Valley Hospital established its graduate medical education program in 2006. It currently offers residencies in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, and fellowships in Gastroenterology, and Pulmonary/Critical Care. In July 2015, 28 residents and fellows began their new programs.  Since the GME program began in 2006, 142 residents and fellows will have graduated by September 30, 2015. Fifty-three percent opted to practice in Nevada. After leaving the program, the physicians have served in private practice, as hospitalists, in the military, or have furthered their physician education.


Introducing Honoree Dr. Mitchell Forman For The 2015 Inspired Excellence In Healthcare Awards

By | Recent Releases, Recognition, Slider, Touro University

Mitchell D. Forman, D.O., FACR, FACOI, MACP is an Osteopathic physician and the Founding Dean and Professor of Medicine at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Forman is the product of the public education system of New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1969. He completed his D.O. degree at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973.

Subsequently, he completed an internship and an internal medicine residency at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1979 he completed a university based rheumatology fellowship at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital. He remained on the teaching faculty of Downstate Medical Center until he moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1992 as a rheumatology faculty member at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He remained there for 12 years and was promoted to Associate Dean and subsequently Vice President for Student Affairs. While in Texas, Dr. Forman was the Director of Rheumatology at the Tarrant County Hospital District and a Consultant in Rheumatology for the Federal Corrections Medical Center – Bureau of Prisons and Chairman, Department of Medicine, at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. He has been on the academic faculty at either an allopathic or osteopathic medical school and actively involved in medical education at a variety of residency training programs, throughout his career.

Since arriving in Clark County in March 2004, he has been awarded the President’s Award by the Clark County Medical Society, the Nevada State Medical Association’s Distinguished Physician of the Year Award, and the first Heroes in Healthcare Award for Education by the Nevada Business Journal. This spring he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from VEGAS, INC.’s Healthcare Headliners. Dr. Forman was awarded the 2012 ACP Nevada Chapter Laureate Award. He is a member/evaluator of the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditations. Dr. Forman has been appointed by each Governor of the State of Nevada to state committees and commissions.

On April 26, 2014, Dr. Forman became the second D.O. in the 110-year history of the Nevada State Medical Association to be elected President. He is also past-president of the Clark County Medical Society, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Health Insight, and the Treasurer of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in Rheumatology and the past Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Dr. Forman is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He was honored to receive the 2008 Internist of the Year Award from the ACOI and has been appointed to their Board of Trustees for a 2nd term.

Dr Forman was appointed to the American College of Physicians Postgraduate/Chapter Education Committee for the 2013-14 term, and reappointed to a 2nd term. Dr. Forman is only the second Nevadan to serve on an ACP National Committee.

In November 2013, The American College of Physicians (ACP) voted to elect Dr. Mitchell Forman to Mastership in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Forman becomes the first practicing physician in the state of Nevada to ever receive this honor. It was presented to him at the April 2014 American College of Physicians Annual Meeting. The first Mastership in the ACP was presented in 1923. Mastership is conferred only on a very select number of candidates around the country who are deemed distinguished through the practice of internal medicine and represent the qualities of strength of character, integrity, bravery, perseverance, compassion, devotion, steadiness and clinical competence. Emphasis is placed on the candidate’s service as a mentor, advocacy for quality in internal medicine, a commitment to social justice, deep interest in people, and the creation of communities of medicine. Additionally, candidates receiving this honor must be deemed a “citizen physician,” educational innovator, humanist, and learner-teacher who inspires others to seek high standards and excellence in the specialty of internal medicine.

Dr. Forman has a very active part-time clinical practice in Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases at Touro University Nevada. He and his wife, Pearl, live in Henderson, Nevada, and are founders of the Allegro Classical Guitar Society, of which he is the President, and a Classical Guitar Series in partnership with UNLV Performing Arts Center which brings world class guitarists to our community.

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First Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program in Nevada Hits One-Year Mark and Welcomes Additional Fellows

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(Las Vegas – Aug. 6, 2015) – One year into Nevada’s first American Osteopathic Association-approved Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, Nathan Adelson Hospice is reporting success and welcoming three new fellows to the program. Two of the fellows are from out of state.

The program, which launched last July, started as a joint educational effort between Nathan Adelson Hospice and Touro University Nevada. It was the first-of-its-kind Fellowship program in Nevada and one of only 11 osteopathic Fellowship programs in the nation.

Andrea Kurz, DO, Family Medicine, Jonathan Von Koenig, DO, Family Medicine, and Katherine Steele, DO, Internal Medicine are joining the Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year, with Dr. Kurz appointed as Chief Fellow.

“This Fellowship program at Nathan Adelson Hospice has been impactful and instrumental in helping expand educational experiences,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher. “The Fellowship has developed an innovative academic relationship with Palliative Medicine specialists that allows for continuity of palliative care from hospital to home to outpatient clinic at a level previously unavailable in Southern Nevada.”

The Nathan Adelson Hospice program has a strong focus on palliative medicine, a specialized care for individuals with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis or prognosis. The goal of palliative medicine is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative medicine is provided by a team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers and specially trained volunteers. These professionals also serve as a resource for the patient’s primary health care professionals, ensuring an extra layer of support. Palliative medicine is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and is often provided in conjunction with curative treatment.

Fisher said that Nathan Adelson Hospice’s long established and successful model of fully integrated and interdisciplinary plans of care is in line with the goals and practice models of palliative care in the 21st Century. But more importantly, the Nathan Adelson Model is osteopathic in both a clinical and philosophical approach to the palliative needs of patients and the community as a whole.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice:

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for more than 35 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.

The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

Touro University Nevada Celebrates Anniversary Of Health Center Expansion

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Touro University Nevada celebrated the one year milestone of the first patients to be treated at its expanded Touro Health Center. Patients, physicians, students, and staff gathered Wednesday to celebrate the anniversary and recognize the significance of the Center’s contributions to the community.  In the summer of 2014 Touro furthered its commitment to Southern Nevada’s healthcare by opening the doors to the Touro Health Center, more than doubling the size of the previous facility.

Read more at Touro University Nevada.