Deborah Kuhls, MD, FACS

Professor of Surgery; Second Vice President
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, University Medical Center; American College of Surgeons

Dr. Deborah Kuhls is a Professor of Surgery, Acute Care Surgery Division Chief at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV and Chief of Trauma at University Medical Center’s Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers in Las Vegas – Nevada’s only Level I Adult and Nevada’s only Pediatric Trauma Center.  She is Second Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons, is Immediate Past Chair of the Trauma Prevention Coalition and Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Surgery Section.  She served as the Chair of the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee from 2012-2020, which developed a consensus-based medical-public health approach to firearm injury prevention.  She was President of Clark County Medical Society during the COVID-19 pandemic and hosted frequent member update webinars to assist members in providing the best care for their patients. She served as a Senior Surgeon in the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas and focuses much effort on disaster preparedness locally, regionally and nationally. Her awards include SCCM’s Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher Award and the National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Service to Safety.  She has grant-supported activities in traffic safety, disaster preparedness and firearm injury prevention.

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