Donation to Tour University Nevada’s School of Physical Therapy Made by Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Facilitated by Las Vegas HEALS

Touro University Nevada PT Lab Donation

Touro University Nevada, Nevada’s largest school of medicine and the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, has received a new breathing machine, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit coalition of medical and wellness industry professionals, organizations and institutions, who helped facilitated the generous gift. The breathing machine will benefit the students in Touro’s School of Physical Therapy as they work their way to earning their degree in the high-demand healthcare field.

“I donated the breathing machine in hopes it will leave a long-lasting impact on the education and learning experience of Touro’s students, the next generation of medical professionals,” said Dr. Sayal. “I look forward to seeing how the addition to Touro’s School of Physical Therapy will enhance students’ clinical skills, creating a deeper understanding for those pursuing a degree in pulmonology.”

Dr. Vikas Sayal, MD, FCCP is the CEO of the Pulmonology Group, LLC. with locations in Henderson, Nev. and Bullhead City, Ariz. He did his pulmonary medicine training at Yale University in Connecticut and Critical Care Medicine training at Albert Einstein College of medicine in New York.

The breathing machine allows healthcare professionals to measure a person’s oxygen consumption and calculate their basal metabolic rate (BMR), the rate at which a body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going, such as breathing and keeping warm. It can also show the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications and their interactions with a person’s BMR, blood flow and tolerance to heat and cold.

“This machine allows us to look at someone’s lung volume, lung capacity, oxygen exchange rates as well as the effects of medications on metabolism,” said Dr. Michael Laymon, director of the Touro University Nevada School of Physical Therapy. “Not only will we be able to integrate the use of the machine into student curriculum, it will also open up several opportunities for research projects. This would have been a $45,000 purchase for Touro and we are grateful that Dr. Saval has provided this valuable resource for our students and the University.”

Touro University Nevada (Touro) is Nevada’s largest school of medicine, the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, fully accredited, and a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution. Opened in 2004, Touro was established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service throughout the state. Touro is now home to nearly 1,500 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical health sciences. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on Touro, visit their website or call 702-777-8687.