Zarah Villareal, pathology assistant

Zarah "Zee" Villareal, a pathology assistant, is framed by a CT scanner at Southern Hills Hospital Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. The scanner is sometimes used to locate areas in the body for biopsies (like a tumor for example).

After spending a day with Zarah Villareal, pathology assistant with the Southern Hills Hospital Laboratory Department, and hearing her phone ring and that greeting several times within a short period, one quickly learns that a day in her work life is much like being a human pinball ...

Michael Mondheim and Jonathan Oishi, medical students

Michael Mondheim, left, a third-year medical student at Touro University, consults with Dr. David Renton after examining a patient at the Touro Health Center Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

It’s easy to imagine medical students in their white coats with a stethoscope around their necks. However, the reality of the day-to-day life of medical school is vastly different...

Deborah Loh, orthodontic resident

Deborah Loh is a student at Roseman University.

When you ask Deborah Loh what motivates her, her answer is simple. It’s her patients...

Bob Vickrey, triage director

Bob Vickrey, director of the Westscare Community Triage Center, conducts a daily meeting with staff ensuring they have what they need too do the work on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

Bob Vickrey is no stranger to drama, and for someone who oversees the sticky situations that can arise when trying to help people who have been chronically homeless and addicted rebuild their shattered lives, that’s not a bad thing...

Volunteers in Medicine, medical nonprofit

Volunteers in Medicine Medical Director Rebecca Edgeworth (right) gives a tour to a retired doctor in their clinic on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

It was a picture-perfect morning last Oct. 14, when Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN) unveiled the Ruffin Family Clinic ...

Dr. Jay Fisher, pediatric ER physician

Dr. Jay Fisher examines Bruce, a 3-year-old patient who hit his head on a tile floor.

As Dr. Jay Fisher drives to work on the evening of Jan. 10, he fully recognizes the fact that he may have to act quickly...

Dr. Mary Ann Allison, medical oncologist

Dr. Mary Ann Allison is a medical oncologist with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

On the average day, I see patients all morning. Sticking to a firm appointment schedule isn’t easy...

Simon Keith, transplant recipient

Simon Keith is the COO of the Nevada Donor Network.

We all strive for a passionate pursuit in life, and there are only a precious few of us who are lucky to find a career that allows us to pursue said passions. Fortune has struck Simon Keith twice in that respect ...

Chris Gordon, recovering addict

Chris Gordon, a recovering addict, is proving that there is optimism and light in the darkness...

Dr. Eugene Somphone, urgent care director

Around the clock, Dr. Eugene Somphone works to improve patient outcomes and increase access to health care in his role as a medical director ...

Dr. Noel Fajardo, gastroenterologist

Las Vegas Endoscopy is the first independent endoscopy center to open in Clark County since 2008, when Las Vegas made national news ...

Dr. Aron Rogers, family practice

At the end of a long work day, as others are traveling home, Dr. Aron Rogers, who is also wrapping us a full day at work, is either dividing his time between volunteering his services or ...

Dr. Mark Leo, urologist

Dr. Mark Leo wakes to a ringing phone at 5 a.m. It’s an Israeli company regarding a summary of a presentation...

Recovery treatments and programs: Breaking the mold on modern-day standards

In today’s recovery community, many individuals seeking treatment may not know where to turn for help believing that the only road to recovery is through an inpatient, 30-day treatment facility. There are myriad ways that addiction can be treated...

Southwest Medical Associates Employee Community Council

"Southwest Medical has grown because of the community supporting this healthcare practice. The best experience that I have had was ..."

Deb Newton, Nathan Adelson Hospice

Reflexologist Deb Newton at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 27, 2016.

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer...

‘Superman’ Don Rodriguez: Lung, brain and adrenal cancer

Don "Superman" Rodriguez

His given name is Don Rodriguez. But within the friendly confines of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), the 77 year-old has a bit of a different name ...

Common eye disease can be treated by a retina specialist

Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of severe vision loss in adults older than 50. This eye disease occurs when there are ...

Practicing medicine overseas can bring new insights at home

Choosing to move my wife and four children to India for an extra year of medical fellowship training was a difficult right choice. I knew the experience would bond our family ...

The newcomer’s guide to working out

The thought of establishing a regular exercise routine can be daunting. Breaking long-term habits and trying something new is never easy, and let’s be honest ...

Options abound when you need to give those zits a zapping

Acne is a common skin disease with a high prevalence in adolescents and young adults; 85 percent of individuals age 11–30 are affected ...

Kidney transplants provide a second chance at life

Hundreds of Nevadans are alive today as a result of the care they received at the UMC Center for Transplantation, the only facility in Nevada providing the advanced level of care required ...

Key tips for choosing a spine surgeon

On Sept. 17, 2010, a botched surgery to repair a herniated disc ended the football career of ...

Henderson community is designed with wellness in mind

Henderson community is designed with wellness in mind

"Move and live longer,” doctors and health officials have long preached. So, to keep its residents healthy and happy, Cadence, a 2,200-acre master planned community in Henderson, was designed with an active lifestyle in mind.

The monster that doesn’t discriminate

The day Lauren Alta’s well-manicured life began to unravel started with a simple phone call ...

A safe place where caring is key

There’s a distinct difference between surviving and actually living ...

Early detection can catch osteoporosis before injury strikes

Even if you don’t know exactly what it means, osteoporosis sounds ominous ...

Cardiologists have new procedure to treat irregular heart rhythms

Dr. Dhiraj Narula uses a Velocity mapping system with an EP(electrophysiology) Med recording system at MountainView Hospital.  Cardiac electrophysiology is the science of elucidating, diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart.

When Angel Lynch first felt a strange flutter in her chest in 2009, she had no idea of the uncertainty to come ...

Preparing for the flu season

It’s never too early to get a flu shot. Flu season can start as early as October but often lasts all through May. With the flu virus typically moving from the East Coast to the West Coast each year, December can be a peak month ...

How well do you know your family health history?

Looks aren’t all we inherit. We also inherit genes that may cause or increase the risk of developing certain health conditions ...

Losing weight in the New Year

Many Americans commit to a weight-loss goal each New Year’s Eve, but it is all too easy to fail if people don’t choose a healthy and manageable approach ...

Telemedicine can help you save time and money

Tracey was spending Sunday night preparing for a busy week ahead when her normally vivacious teenage daughter informed her that her throat was really sore — and it turned out she was running a fever ...

Hospital construction on the rise in Southern Nevada

Despite three quarters of net positive absorption in the medical office market in Southern Nevada, zero off-campus medical office projects have been either planned or under construction ...

Putting the pieces of the autism puzzle together in Southern Nevada

Southern Nevada services for families with concerns of a possible Autism Spectrum Disorder have been expanding ...

Anatomy of a HIPAA breach

More and more companies are focusing on HIPAA compliance, with good reason. The law was strengthened in recent years ...

Healthy Brains Initiative: What happens here benefits the world

With the exception of this moment, everything is a memory. We run our lives with the information stored in our brains, a collection of experiences and understanding ...

St. Rose has been here for Southern Nevada since 1947

Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican is understandably proud of its legacy in Henderson, well before the city was incorporated, and our dynamic, expanding relationship with the rest ...

Testing is key to uncovering celiac disease

What do pastrami on rye, barley soup and pasta primavera have in common? Besides being tempting lunch choices, they all contain ...

Don’t let diabetes affect your vision

Diabetic Eye Disease Month is held each November in conjunction with National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day ...

Q&A: Susan Ritter at Dignity Health

Dr. Susan Ritter

Susan Ritter is a family practice physician with Dignity Health Medical Group and the University of Arizona ...