Friends and Colleagues,

In working to help meet the healthcare needs of Southern Nevada, the school of medicine continues to build strong partnerships. The collaborations with entities such as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, area hospitals, civic and government leaders and donors help ensure our students receive the necessary training to apply best practices to enhance health equity and quality of life. They also have the opportunity to join in cutting-edge clinical and translational research. Fortunately, partnerships have a way of serving as a catalyst for even more relationships. So it was with Randy Garcia, an independent financial advisor, who stepped up to provide a medical student with a full scholarship, and introduced the medical school to Dr. Helga Pizio, a leading ophthalmologist in Las Vegas. A friend of Mr. Garcia’s, she mentioned to him how a department at the medical school focused on training practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders could help the community. He facilitated a meeting for her with former Dean Barbara Atkinson -- I have subsequently met with Helga as well -- and we continue to talk about how her dynamic vision can become a reality within our academic framework. As you’ll learn in today’s newsletter, Mr. Garcia works to enhance the entire UNLV and Las Vegas community.