Surgery

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Oncology

UNLV Medicine doctors are here to help, providing respectful, compassionate, and highly advanced surgical oncology care.

Services and Treatments

Surgical Oncology

  • Breast surgery
  • Breast biopsy
  • Endocrine & Thyroid tumors
  • Gastrointestinal tumors
  • Liver ablation
  • Melanomas 
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pancreas, liver, bile duct tumors & disorders
  • Robotic surgery
  • Sarcoma
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Pediatric

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UNLV Medicine provides advanced diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for children with surgical needs. When needed our pediatric surgical specialists can provide robotic microsurgery solutions for children ranging from premature infants with congenital birth defects to adolescent trauma victims. Always working to provide surgical solutions that are minimally invasive so kids can get back to being, kids.

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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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Joseph Carroll
Acute Care Surgery

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Dr. Carroll is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona.  He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona where he double majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics as well as Molecular and Cellular Biology.  He continued his education at the University of Arizona for medical school.  He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to complete his surgical residency.  He has always had a passion for the injured patient.  He followed his passion to Las Vegas where he has now completed his fellowship in Acute Care Surgery. 

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Shirong (Sara) Chang, MD
Pediatric Surgery

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Dr. Chang, an assistant professor of pediatric surgery at UNLV School of Medicine, is a board-certified general and pediatric surgeon.

Her areas of special interest include surgical disease of the newborn gastrointestinal tract, anorectal malformations, pediatric surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, and surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.

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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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Joshua Goldman, MD
Surgery

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Dr. Goldman is originally from San Antonio, TX. He attended Stanford University, where he majored in biological sciences and minored in philosophy with a focus on medical ethics. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed his residency training at University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine. He went on to complete subspecialty fellowship training in the nation’s first program for Integrated Cranimaxillofacial and Microsurgical Reconstruction. Dr.

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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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Stephanie Jones, MD
Pediatric Surgery

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Dr. Stepanie Jones, an assistant professor of pediatric surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine, is a board-certified general and pediatric surgeon. 

She specializes in the surgical care of infants and children.

Dr. Jones completed her general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts and her pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Colorado. She completed additional training in surgical oncology and immunotherapy at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. 

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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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John M. Menezes, MD
Plastic Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

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Dr. John Menezes, an associate professor with the UNLV School of Medicine, is the only fellowship-trained –Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine —  craniofacial surgeon in Las Vegas.

Among his areas of expertise are cleft lip and palate repair, craniosynostosis, ear reconstruction, microsurgery, and adult and pediatric facial trauma.

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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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Michael Scheidler, MD
Pediatric Surgery

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Dr. Michael Scheidler, an associate professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, is chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. 

Board certified in general and pediatric surgery. Dr. Scheidler’s clinical interests include neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery, pediatric bariatric surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, and pediatric laparoscopy.

A member of the American College of Surgeons and American Pediatric Surgical Association, Dr. Scheidler attended University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine.

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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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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.

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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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Internationally Known Trauma Surgeon Begins Work as School of Medicine Dean

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Dr. John Fildes continues the vision for establishing UNLV’s academic medical center.

In August, just days after being named interim dean of the UNLV School of Medicine, Dr. John Fildes was before a gathering of the world’s best surgeons, delivering a keynote address on handling mass casualty situations. It’s a topic with which he is all too familiar.

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Surgeon Encourages Minority Students to Pursue Medical Careers

The story that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal last May was compelling. Mary Kay Duda’s life was saved by UNLV Medicine’s Dr. Charles St. Hill.

St. Hill, one of only three fellowship-trained surgical oncologists in Nevada, performed a complex 10-hour surgery known as a Whipple procedure to remove a large tumor that enveloped her pancreas.

“I’ve been given the gift of life,” a grateful Duda would later tell St. Hill and reporter Jessie Bekker.

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UNLV Plastic Surgeon Reattaches Roper’s Thumb

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Ben Mays held his nearly severed thumb, dangling by a ligament, in his right palm as he rode his 17-year-old quarter horse Bubby out of the South Point Arena and across the parking lot to an ambulance.

He swung the doors open, held out his dangling digit to show the stunned paramedic inside, and handed his horse over to another roper. Then he climbed in and held a bag of ice on his thumb — still shoved inside the white glove he had been wearing — as first responders sped him to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

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Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

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If your child has a cleft lip and/or palate or other craniofacial disorder a good place to start is with the UNLV Medicine Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team.

Each child is an individual, however, and you should be sure to discuss your child’s unique situation during your first appointment with Dr. Menezes and the UNLV Medicine multi-disciplinary management team.

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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. 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.

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Dr. Joseph Thornton on Overcoming Obstacles

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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Leaving Them Smiling

For children with rare conditions, UNLV Medicine surgeon restores the ability to show happiness. It’s a procedure that leaves both the patient and the surgeon with smiles on their faces. Surgery to correct the effects of Moebius syndrome – a rare congenital condition that can paralyze a person’s entire face and affect muscles that control back and forth eye movement – can make it impossible for a person to show that sign of happiness that most people take for granted.

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UNLV Physician’s Skills Include Craniofacial Surgery

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Moebius syndrome — a rare congenital condition that can paralyze the entire face and affect muscles that control back-and-forth eye movement.

To unlock Moebius paralysis — it affects something we take for granted, the ability to smile — is something that Dr. John Menezes, an associate professor of plastic surgery with the UNLV School of Medicine, has been trained to do.

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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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Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Michael Scheidler

Dr. Michael Scheidler

The story of how Dr. Michael G. Scheidler, the son of a mailman and the youngest of eight children, became one of the nation’s top pediatric surgeons is one of perseverance. 

Though the chief of pediatric surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine couldn’t see himself becoming anything other than a physician, that vision wasn’t always shared by educators.

Read the full story here.

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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.