Touro University Nevada Celebrates 10 Years of Dedication to Improving the Quality of Life and Healthcare in Southern Nevada

The largest medical school in Southern Nevada celebrates its 10-year anniversary
Oct 6, 2014

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Touro University Nevada (Touro) has been deeply invested in the local community, educating medical professionals to improve the healthcare of Southern Nevada. Touro will kick off this milestone anniversary with the ‘Ten for Touro Gala’ on Sunday, November 9 at the Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“Touro University Nevada is among our community’s best-kept secrets,” said former Nevada Congresswoman and now Touro CEO, Shelley Berkley.  “This institution is a gem in our community and we are excited to spend the coming year celebrating all that Touro has done for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada.”

At the gala Touro will honor 10 special guests that were instrumental in founding the university and are making a difference today as the university moves forward into the future. Honorees include: United States Senator Harry Reid and The City of Henderson, both of which helped Touro University Nevada get its start 10 years ago and continue to partner with the university today; Valley Health System, Touro’s partner in graduate medical education (residency programs); Zappos and Findlay Automotive Group, for their support of Touro’s mobile healthcare clinic, retired founding CEO of Touro University Nevada Dr. Michael Harter and his wife Dr. Carol Harter; Nevada’s Medical Societies including the Clark County Medical Society, Nevada State Osteopathic Association, and Nevada State Medical Association; the inaugural class of osteopathic medicine and physician assistant studies students that graduated from Touro; major donor and partner Orgill Singer and its CEO David Dahan; and Blanche and Phil Miesel, who have provided scholarship support for Touro students who are military veterans.

“The Ten for Touro Gala provides a remarkable opportunity for us to showcase the generous support Touro has received over the past ten years,” said Berkley.  We are honored to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations for their commitment to improving the quality of healthcare and education in our community.”

Established in 2004, the university is home to more than 1,300 students in a wide range of degree programs including the state’s largest medical school (osteopathic medicine), physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education.  Many of these programs are the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the newly expanded Touro Health Center.

In 2008, Touro saw a need that was going unmet in the State of Nevada – providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for children with developmental disabilities. The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is home to a specialized multidisciplinary team, extensively trained in evidence-based assessment, treatment and providing services and resources for children, families, and other healthcare providers. Today, the Center has grown immensely with nearly 400 patient visits per month and moving into the future with plans to expand the facility in an effort to further support additional patients.

The recent expansion of the Touro Health Center during the summer of 2014 has more than doubled the size of the existing facility and is now also home to new amenities including an Active Aging Center, Michael Harter Senior Activity Center featuring community classrooms and expanded Student Health Center. The expansion allows Touro to accommodate an increase in patient visits throughout the year and offer multi-disciplinary specialists including primary care, internal medicine, rheumatology, geriatrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, podiatry and social work all under one roof.

Over the years Touro has immersed itself in the local community in an effort to give back and provide assistance to those who could not otherwise access it. Much of that community service and outreach has centered within the downtown area providing basic access to healthcare to the escalating homeless population.

To address those critical needs Touro established a mobile healthcare clinic in early 2014 through the private support of donors. The recreational vehicle, which has been retrofitted into a full mobile healthcare facility, provides a variety of services including physical examinations, immunizations and wellness checks for children, wound care and more. The mobile clinic is an outreach of the Stallman Touro Clinic at The Shade Tree Shelter, which Touro’s Physician Assistant Studies program has operated since 2009.  The Stallman Touro Clinic provides adult health care, preventive health measures, sick call services and women and pediatric services to patients.

The ‘Ten for Touro Gala’ on Sunday, November 9 will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception that will allow guests to visit the silent auction followed by dinner, the awards presentation and keynote address by City National Bank Chairman and CEO Russell Goldsmith at 7 p.m. Tickets are $180 per person and tables of 10 are available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will support the Touro Scholarship Fund helping students complete their studies regardless of their financial circumstances.

Touro is grateful to its 10th Anniversary sponsors for their support of this celebration.  Sponsors include A+B Printing, City National Bank, DaVita/HealthCare Partners, Greenspun Media Group, The Rogers Foundation, Keep Memory Alive Event Center, Las Ventanas, Orgill Singer Insurance, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, and The Valley Health System.  For more information, to RSVP or inquire about a table purchase, please visit or by calling 702-777-3100.

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to more than 1,300 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:



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