UNR Med Class of 2020 virtual hooding ceremony, 63 medical students graduate as Nevada’s newest physicians


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 14 at 1 p.m., the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) will host its first-ever virtual hooding ceremony, conferring Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees to 63 fourth-year medical students of the Class of 2020, graduating as northern Nevada’s newest physicians.

UNR Med took its graduation virtual in compliance with Governor Steve Sisolak’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive for Nevada limiting gatherings to 10 or less as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“If we are to match this moment as physicians, we must always live up to the values of our profession and to the trust our patients place in us. We must always, always fight for science. We must speak out again misinformation and disinformation. We must commit to intellectually honesty,” said Dr. Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., President American Medical Association.

  • Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. Dean, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Vice President, Health Sciences
  • Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., President, American Medical Association

Hosting a digital graduation ceremony is the final medical school milestone for these students who will immediately begin residencies here in northern Nevada, and many will relocate to residencies throughout the state and nation.

Of the 63 UNR Med graduates, approximately 21% are staying in Nevada for some part of their residency training.

Data shows that when a medical student graduates from medical school and stays local for their residency training they are likely to remain in the community to practice medicine.

Congratulations to the UNR Med Class of 2020:

  • Congratulations, Dr. Ryan Eric Ellen.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Nicholas Tyler Andrew.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Martin J Azzam.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Tarra Elizabeth Becker.
  • Congratulations. Dr. Brian Allen Bird.
  • Graduations, Dr. Joshua Lee Brian.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Nathan Woodbury Camp.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Lorenzo Capannolo.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Patrick A. Cassiday.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Shanthan Challa.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Kevin Michael Cleary.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Neal Kwame Ekpoudia.
  • Congratulations, dr. Lauren Evans.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Megan Floyd.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Misha Fotoohi.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Jonathan Gevorkian.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Natalie Gevorkian.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Matthew James Gwiazdon.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Jonathan Habashy.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Jonathan Lyle Holt.
  • Congratulations, Dr. Ryan Joseph Hood.

With Nevada ranking 48th for available physicians, the UNR Med graduates are helping to address that local physician shortage.

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