Preparing for a Pandemic - Then and Now

One hundred years ago another wave of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic was peaking in the United States. This second highly fatal wave struck between September and November and was responsible for most of the deaths attributed to the pandemic. It was also during this time that the New York City Board of Health added flu to its list of reportable diseases and required all cases of influenza be isolated at home or in a city hospital.

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Dedication and Commitment.

We see stories about physicians all the time. Occasionally we find one that truly stands out.

Humans of New York started as a photoblog and book of street portraits. It was created by photographer Brandon Stanton. It has a tremendous social media following. In May of 2016 it ran a photograph and one paragraph story on Dr. Michael P. La Quaglia, Chief Pediatric Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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We are here for our physicians.

In July, the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada. As Executive Director of CCMS, it was my honor to accept this award on behalf of this incredible organization. It is our job to help doctors do their job and provide quality health care to their patients, our community, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many physicians of CCMS who made this program possible. There is still more work to be done, and rest assured we are still working on this important issue.

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A Year in Review

Well, this is it! My last monthly article as my Presidential term comes to an end.

I can tell you that it has been an incredibly difficult and rewarding year. I’m happy that I did it, however, I am also glad that it is only a one-year term.

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UNLV AMSA: The Road to Washington D.C.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine (UNLV SoM), established in 2014, opened its doors to the Founding Charter Class on July 17th, 2017. Since then, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter at UNLV SoM has come a long way: hosting ZDoggMD, creating partnerships with local physician organizations, securing publications in local medical journals, representing Southern Nevada at the AMSA National Conference earlier this Spring, and receiving accreditation as a nationally recognized AMSA medical school chapter. 

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2017-2018 Influenza Season

Nationally, the flu season peaked in early February with influenza A(H3) viruses being the predominant strains reported for the overall season. However, beginning in March influenza B strains were reported more commonly than A viruses. It is not unusual for there to be a second, lower wave of influenza activity later in the season. At the local level, the Southern Nevada Health District’s season mirrored national activity with cases beginning to decline shortly after the first of the year and more influenza B viruses being reported later in the season. 

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Get active this election season!

Before I moved to Las Vegas, I never met a politician. I actually never met anyone even running for office. I had gone from UCLA to medical school, to residency and then Fellowship without ever going to any event to help elect anyone for office. About two or three years after I moved to Las Vegas, I got a message that there was a congressman that wanted to talk to me (for purposes of this article, we will call every politician male so I can try and keep some anonymity). I called him back with excitement—I had never talked to anyone in Congress before.

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In Honor of Las Vegas' Doctors

Over the past few years, I have been incredibly fortunate enough to receive a few honors and awards.  I received the annual Philanthropic Award from Planned Parenthood, awarded the “Healthcare Hero” Award from Las Vegas HEALS and the Person of the Year Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Then, I was fortunate enough to get to become President of the Clark County Medical Society, which was a very proud moment in my life.  To be honest, I am fairly vain and every time I receive a plaque or an award, I hang it on my office wall.  My medical partner makes fun of me asking me when I plan to hang my Junior Varsity wrestling letter on my wall.  So, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, the award that I accepted on behalf of the physicians of the Clark County Medical Society in January for the heroic actions of October 1st, is, by far, the most honored that I have ever been in my life.

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