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.