Regents Select Dr. Maurizio Trevisan as Vice Chancellor & CEO of UNHSS
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Regents Select Dr. Maurizio Trevisan as Vice Chancellor & CEO of UNHSS

Dr. Maurizio TrevisanReno, Nevada // August 16, 2007 -- The Nevada Board of Regents unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Maurizio Trevisan as executive vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of Nevada Health Sciences System.

Working with the executive search firm, Academic Search Consulting, a committee was formed to conduct the national search and make a recommendation to the full Board of Regents. Chaired by Buck Wong, committee members included Dr. David Ashley, Lynn Atcheson, Dr. Mark Doubrava, Regent Dorothy Gallagher, Dr. Milton Glick, and Bill Welch.

Dr. Trevisan is an internationally known physician/epidemiologist in the field of cardiovascular and chronic disease. He is a professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and serves as dean in the School of Public Health and Health Professions in the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (UB). In addition, he is a senior researcher with UB's Research Institute on Addictions and is an adjunct professor in Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He serves as co-principal investigator with the UB Clinical Vanguard Center of the Women's Health Initiative (a multi-center study aimed at investigating ways to prevent major chronic conditions in post-menopausal women), and as director of the Health in Housing Center (part of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center program).

He joined the University at Buffalo in 1985 as an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine and served as its interim chairman from 1991-1992, and chairman from 1993- 2003. He was interim dean for the School of Health Related Professions from 2001-2002 and continued serving as interim dean when it became the newly formed School of Public Health and Health Professions in January 2003. Dr. Trevisan was officially named founding dean of the school and has served in this role since January 2005.

Author of more than 235 publications in high impact journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine, he has extensive experience in directing and conducting multi-center and international collaborative studies. Dr. Trevisan's research interests focus on the role of life style and metabolic factors in the etiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease with a special focus on the role of diet (Mediterranean diet in particular) and alcohol use (special emphasis on the role of drinking pattern i.e., the way people drink and the quantity). More recently he has focused on the relationship between oral and systemic health (periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease and the role of infection and inflammation).

Dr. Trevisan earned his M.D. from the University of Naples Medical School (Italy) and his M.S. in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

About the University of Nevada Health Sciences System
The University of Nevada Health Sciences System is a linkage and integration of the health professional schools, i.e. nursing, medicine, dental, etc. There are actually more than 150 programs throughout Nevada's eight higher education institutions that could be linked and working together through the UNHSS.

The UNHSS allows for a statewide collaboration of higher education health programs and educators to meet the health and wellness needs of Nevada's adults, children and families. The UNHSS is also creating dynamic partnerships with health care professionals and practitioners such as the Nevada Cancer Institute, The Lou Ruvo Institute for Alzheimer's Disease and the Whittemore/Peterson Institute for Neurological Diseases, as well as working closely with business partners and community stakeholders throughout the state of Nevada.

About NSHE
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 105,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.