General Surgery

General Surgery

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The UNLV Medicine General Surgery Center provides excellent patient-centered surgical care in an environment that is focused on the unique surgical needs of every patient. We strive to provide every doctor to patient interaction with empathy, compassion, humility, integrity, and respect.

Annabel E. Barber, MD, FACS
General Surgery, Oncology, and Gastrointestinal Disorders

Dr. Annabel Barber, a professor of surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, is a board-certified surgeon who performs surgeries for patients with breast, colorectal, thyroid and head and neck cancers. She also sees patients with the following gastrointestinal disorders: acid reflux, heartburn, and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Ovunc Bardakcioglu, MD
Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu, an associate professor of surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, serves as chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Dr. Bardakcioglu was educated in Germany and chose to specialize in general surgery during his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center.

He completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Baynosa, MD
General Surgery, Breast Oncology

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Dr. Jennifer Baynosa is an associate professor of breast oncology surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine. 

A graduate of the USC Keck School of Medicine, she completed her general surgery residence at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. After residency, she completed a breast surgery fellowship at Stanford University. 

Currently the program director for the UNLV School of Medicine General Surgery Residency, her main research interest is breast cancer and how it metastasizes.

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Paul J. Chestovich, MD
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Dr. Paul Chestovich, an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, graduated from Purdue University with degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry prior to receiving his medical degree from Indiana University.

He completed a general surgery residency at UCLA and an acute care surgery fellowship at the  University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. He has an active practice in trauma, critical care, burns, and acute care surgery, and is an active performer of clinical research.

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Douglas R. Fraser, MD, FACS
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Dr. Douglas R. Fraser, an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, is vice chief of trauma at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

As section chief of trauma surgery – Dr. Fraser completed his surgical residency at Rutgers University in New Jersey — he works closely with fellows, residents, students, and staff to provide the best possible care to critically injured patients. 

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Daniel M. Kirgan, MD
General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

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Dr. Daniel Kirgan, a professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, is currently vice chair of the department, and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. 

A graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his general surgical residency at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Kirgan did a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California. 

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Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a professor of surgery and chief, section of critical care in UNLV School of Medicine’s Division of Acute Care Surgery, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and critical care. She also is the 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 has a passion for teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.

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Allison G. McNickle, MD
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Dr. McNickle, an Assistant Professor at the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, is the Section Chief of Emergency General Surgery.

Dr. McNickle earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College and completed her General Surgery Residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed her Acute Care Surgery Fellowship at University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Dr. McNickle is Board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

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Syed F. Saquib., MD
Burn Surgery, General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Dr. Syed F. Saquib, an assistant professor of trauma and critical care at the UNLV School of Medicine, works at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, primarily in trauma, burns and critical care.

Heavily involved in UMC’s Lions Burns Care Center, he works closely with fellows, residents, and students in providing the best patient care possible.

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Gary Shen, MD
General Surgery, Transplant Surgery

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Dr. Gary Shen, an assistant deal of clinical education at the UNLV School of Medicine, is also an associate professor of surgery and associate program director for the general surgery residency program at the medical school. 

A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery residency training at the University of Arizona, and his transplant fellowship in Stanford University.

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Brandon T. Snook, MD
General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

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Brandon T. Snook, MD, FACS

General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

 

Dr.  Snook, an associate professor with the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, he completed surgical residency with the US Air Force at Keesler Medical Center in Mississippi, and went on to do an acute care surgery fellowship at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.

Charles St Hill, MD, MSc, FACS
Surgical Oncology, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, General Surgery

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Dr. Charles St. Hill, an assistant professor with the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, has pursued research in cancer surgery/clinical trials program development.

A graduate of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, he offers clinical trials for patients who fit the criteria for certain studies. “We’ve done several sponsored clinical trials that have helped patients who don’t have the resources, which help to advance the research while offering more options for patients.”

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Joseph Thornton, MD
General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery

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Dr. Joseph Thornton, an associate professor with the UNLV School of Medicine, has been a practicing colon and rectal surgeon in Las Vegas for more than 25 years.

A graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville who later did a colon rectal surgery fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Thornton is board certified in colon and rectal surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

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Wei Zhong Wang, MD
Orthopedic Hand & Microvascular Surgery

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Dr. Wei Zhong Wang, a professor at the UNLV School of Medicine, is an orthopedic, hand and microvascular surgeon.  

Also an established research scientist with more than 25 years of experience – his research interest is ischemia reperfusion injury adipose stem cells — Dr. Wang completed clinical fellowships at Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, KY.

He is the principle investigator of several funded research grants and the author of nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications

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Dr. Deborah Kuhls Reflects on Mass Shooting

Dr. Deborah Kuhls

They sought a carefree weekend out on the town.

Some were from Vegas, many drove in from Southern California, and others journeyed on a plane to escape the worries of their everyday lives.

That’s what set the evening apart from so many others that Dr. Deborah Kuhls has spent in UMC’s trauma center. 

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Dr. Joseph Thornton on Overcoming Obstacles
Colorectal Surgeon

Dr. Joseph Thornton, colorectal surgeon

Dr. Joseph Thornton’s road to becoming a physician makes you realize yet again that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

He grew up in a single parent household on the south side of Chicago, the son of an African American bartender who wanted the best for her son. His two aunts, both maids, also lived in the home.

“Combining incomes made the housing affordable,” says the 72-year-old colorectal surgeon who now is an associate professor in the UNLV School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery. “For good times they loved to go to the racetrack and watch the horses run.”

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Dr. Jennifer Baynosa, Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Jennifer Baynosa

From her extended family what Dr. Jennifer Baynosa often heard as a child was that one day she would find a nice man, fall in love, get married, and have a family.

Taking care of her children and her husband, preparing their meals and washing their clothes, was the future that would be hers.

“I grew up in a conservative Hispanic family,” says Baynosa, today an associate professor of breast oncology surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine as well as the general surgery residency program director. “Women were basically seen as caregivers in that culture.”

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Groundbreaking Robotic Surgery

Dr. Bardakcioglu (L) two of his patients, and KSNV-TV news crew

UNLV Medicine Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu, successfully performed a breakthrough surgical procedure using a new robotic device that required no incision through the skin, significantly shortened recovery time, and lessened the chances of infection.   

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UNLV Surgical Oncologist Performs 10-Hour Whipple Procedure

Dr. Randy St. Hill with patient Mary Duda and family

As doctors wheeled 75-year-old Mary Kay Duda into surgery for a pancreatic tumor, she turned to her daughter, Katie, and said, “See you on the flip side.”

Katie Duda, 36, rolled her eyes at the memory, humorous now that her mother is nearing two years cancer-free. At the time, though, the thought of losing her mother was unbearably real.

Mary Kay Duda says she’s one of the lucky unlucky ones. Unlucky in that the tumor growing inside her enveloped the head of her pancreas. Unlucky in that one Las Vegas surgeon declined to operate because the tumor was so large.