Institutional Review Board

IRB Members

IRB Chairman
Daniel Kirgan, MD

Dr. Kirgan’s education includes earning a Bachelors in Biology from Montclair State College, a Masters in Biology/Immunology from Montclair State College, a medical degree from the prestigious George Washington University, a General Surgery Residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine, and a 2 year accredited Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the renowned John Wayne Cancer Institute.

Dr. Kirgan has devoted his career to being at an academic institution where he could be involved in research and teaching other physicians, in addition to providing patient care.  He has been a Surgical Oncologist on the fulltime faculty of the University of Nevada School of Medicine for 17 years.  He holds the positions of Full Professor of Surgery, and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology.  He has been the chair of University Medical Center’s Investigational Review Board for 14 years.

Research has also been an important part of Dr. Kirgan’s career.  He helped develop the sentinel lymph node technique for breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma, and has co-authored several publications about these techniques.  The work with the sentinel lymph node has helped eliminate the debilitating axillary lymph node dissection for many breast cancer patients.  His research has also involved other areas of cancer, HPV, nosocomial pneumonia, complicated soft tissue infections, intra-abdominal infections, cryosurgical ablation, radiofrequency ablation, and PET scans.

Being a recognized leader in the medical community, Dr. Kirgan has been appointed or elected to many leadership positions, including Chair of the Surgery Department of University Medical Center, Chief of Surgery for the VA at Nellis Federal Hospital, is a member of the    Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons, and the Nevada’s Liaison Chair to the Committee on Cancer.

Dr. Kirgan’s love of teaching has been recognized with numerous “Best Teacher” awards from medical residents and students. Dr. Kirgan is also a member of the honorary medical society AOA and the prestigious Western Surgical Association.  He has also been peer-selected to several “Best Doctors” lists, most recently published in US News and World Reports in 2011.

MTV Staying Alive HIV/AIDS Campaign & Nevada AIDS Project presented the 2011 HIV/AIDS Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Kirgan for his continuing support for the Medical Studies, Care, Love and Support for people living with HIV/AIDS in the State of Nevada on December 1, 2011 – World AIDS Day.

IRB Vice-Chairman
David Slattery, MD

David Slattery, MD, FACEP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMC and serves as the Research Director for the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). He also is the EMS medical director for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. Dr. Slattery was honored in 2009 by the American Heart Association, Western Region Affiliate, as Emergency Physician of the Year for his integral role in reducing the devastating effects of heart disease and stroke in Southern Nevada. He has served with EMP Partners (formerly EPMG) since 1998.

Wendy Cantrell, PharmD , BCPS, BCSNP, CACP 

Wendy received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona.  She completed a residency at the Tucson Veterans Hospital with subsequent specialization in cardiology.  She has been on staff at University Medical Center where she is the Clinical, Educational, Program Manager.  Dr. Cantrell is also the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency Director and the PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Coordinator at University Medical Center.

Rebecca Scherr, MD

Dr. Rebecca Scherr is an assistant professor of pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine based in Las Vegas.

Dr. Scherr's research interest is in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and different ethnicities affecting children. Her epigenetics research is focused on developing a biomarker to determine which patients with IBD are at risk for developing colorectal cancer.

She is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, We Care (Women in Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and the American Gastroenterology Association.

Lesley Dickson, MD

Lesley Dickson, MD, FAPM, FAPA, obtained her BA in Bacteriology from UCLA and then worked in biochemistry research for ten years before attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where she also completed a residency in psychiatry.  She is ABPN board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.  Following residency she was on the faculty of the University of Kentucky where she was Chief of the Consultation/Liaison Service and Residency Training Director.  She has since been on the faculties of New York University and University of Nevada Medical Schools and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Clinical experience has included being Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry and running dual diagnosis units for the Veterans Administration Hospitals in New York City and Las Vegas.  She is now primarily in private practice and is the Las Vegas Medical Director for the Center for Behavioral Health which operates opiate substitution programs in Las Vegas and several other states.  Dr. Dickson is also a psychiatrist surveyor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dr. Dickson is State Legislative Representative and a Past President of the Nevada Psychiatric Association and now serves as its Executive Director.  She is an active member of the Clark County Medical Society where she is on the Board of Trustees and the Nevada State Medical Association and sits on the Governmental Affairs Commission.  She has been very active in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and became a Fellow in 1994.  She is also the Governor-appointed psychiatrist member and Chair of the Committee on Co-Occurring Disorders.  Dr. Dickson has been a member of the IRB committee of University Medical Center for several years.

Previous research interests have been in psychosomatic illnesses and the psychiatric problems of adopted children.  Her interest in psychiatric education led to the development of videotaped dramatizations of classic psychotherapy cases and she won the Second Annual American College of Psychiatrists Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education in 1994.  Presently she is collaborating on a book on behavioral addictions.

Dennis Fuller, PharmD

Dr. Fuller graduated with his PharmD degree from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in 1990.  He has worked for University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV (UMC) in the Pharmacy Department since 1990.  Currently he is the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Fuller assists in caring for patients admitted to the inpatient HIV unit and also assists with patient care in the Wellness Center, the HIV ambulatory clinic.  He also precepts pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. 

Dr. Fuller is the Director of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Research and Chief Operating Officer for Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society (NARES2), which allows him to facilitate research at the UMC Wellness Center.  Dr. Fuller has been doing research in Las Vegas since 1992.

Dr. Fuller is a peer reviewer for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists journal (AJHP).  He was also involved with the American Academy of HIV Medicine in reviewing the certification exam for pharmacists (AAHIVP).

Dr. Fuller is on the teaching faculty with University of Nevada School of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Idaho State College of Pharmacy and Roseman University.

David N. Jackson, MD

Dr. David Jackson is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of Nevada School of Medicine.  His specialty is maternal fetal medicine.

Dr. Jackson completed his medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Good Samaritan Medical Center.  His fellowship training was in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine
His educational interests are the use of ultrasound in teaching human anatomy, embryology, genetics, histology, pathology and other basic science disciplines for medical students and residents.

Dr. Jackson’s research interests are Fetal osteology, feasibility of hereditary breast or ovarian cancer counseling during routine perinatal care, three dimensional ultrasound of the fetal limbic system, evidence based counseling for severe fetal hydrocephalus, perinatal stroke, fetal hospice palliative care, imaging antecedents of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Dr. Jackson is an imaging expert and has made a number of contributions related to fetal imaging and most recently in 3D sonography.

Ashley Pistorio, MD

Dr. Ashley Pistorio is completing her General Surgery Residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine based in Las Vegas. She completed her M.S. Degree in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University and her Medical Degree at Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Pistorio has over 16 years of experience working in medical research. 

She is on the editorial board as a reviewer for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and the Journal of Neuroscience. 

Dr. Pistorio is a Member of the American College of Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Wound Healing Society, and the American Medical Association.  She was the Co-President of Operation Smile, Penn State University Chapter.

Christopher Stream, PhD Community Member
Christopher Stream is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Coordinator for the Public Administration program in the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He received his Master of Science degree in Policy Sciences in 1992 from Florida State University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy from Florida State in 1997.

Dr. Stream conducts research on issues of intergovernmental relations and public policy evaluation. Stream’s substantive research focuses on state and local health care reform, environmental policy, local delivery services, institutional capacity and city/county management. His research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Research Quarterly, International Journal of Economic Development and State and Local Government Review.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Stream has served as a policy consultant for a variety of government and nonprofit organizations. He has worked with state/local governments and community organizations to evaluate and improve policies and programs. During his career, Dr. Stream has served as project director on over three dozen projects with state, local and nonprofit agencies in Florida, Alabama and Nevada. Currently Dr. Stream directs the Masters of Public Administration projects in which he and a team of MPA students conduct year long evaluation studies for local governments and nonprofit organization in Clark County, Nevada.

Dr. Stream teaches graduate courses in the general areas of public policy and public management. Courses include Public Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Statistical Analysis, Intergovernmental Relations, Local Politics and Administration, and State Health Politics and Policy.

Dennis Dunn, Community Member

Dennis Dunn founded Nevada AIDS Project; he is the President of Board of Directors, Programs Director and the Instructor for the Positive Living Course.  Dennis established and is the Founding Board Member of the social group, San Diego Pozabilities (SDP) in 1999 and remains active today.  SDP started with nine members and has had as many as 1,500.  SDP has sponsored up to 18 functions a month for HIV positive men in San Diego.  Dennis participated in the Primary Prevention with Positives’ P3 Program Steering Committee.  He is the Co-author of publication Positive Living