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About the Author: Weldon E Havins

EDUCATION

Legal

  • University of San Diego School of Law
    J.D. Cum Laude May 1998
    Academic Distinction: Order of the Coif
    San Diego Law Review, Comments Editor
    1997 – 1998
    Class Standing: Top 8% (25/309)
  • University of San Diego School of Law
    L.L.M. Cum Laude, Health Law concentration, August 1999
    Academic Distinction: Awarded Gold Medal of Excellence by the
    American Bankruptcy Institute

Medical

  • Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University
    M.D. June, 1970
    Academic Distinction:  Highest Score on North Carolina Medical Board Examinations, June 1970
    Lange Award for Outstanding Scholarship
    Class Standing: Top 20%
  • Internship (Surgery):
    Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., 1970-1971
  • Residency (Ophthalmology):
    UCLA Medical Center, Jules Stein Eye Institute, 1973-1976
  • Fellowship:
    Oculoplastic Surgery: University of Texas School of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1981-1982
  • Graduate Business
    Claremont Graduate University
    M.A. Management, August 1981
  • Undergraduate
    San Diego State College
    B.A. Natural Sciences, August 1968, with High Honors
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
  • State Bar Membership
    Nevada: 6675   October 23, 1998
  • State Medical Licenses
    North Carolina: 16876   September 8, 1970
    California: G-21052    August 7, 1971
    Nevada: 2867   September 4, 1974
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Single and Multi-engine, Airplane
    Commercial Pilot, AirplaneCertified Flight Instructor, Airplane:  Single Engine, Multi-engine, Instrument
    Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, 1978-1996

 

PUBLICATIONS
  • Wayne Label, Ph.D., CPA, and Weldon Havins, MD, JD, The Doctors Guide to Managing a Financially Healthy Practice, Trafford Publishing Co., 2010
  • Weldon E. Havins, MD, JD, Embezzlement in Medical Practices, Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners Newsletter, Volume 42, March, 2011.
  • Weldon E. Havins, Nevada Physician Legal Handbook, published by the Nevada State Medical Association, December, 1999 (revision 1, Aug 2000).
  • Weldon E. Havins, Nevada Nurses Legal Handbook, published by the Nevada Nurses Association, March 2000.
  • Weldon E. Havins, Immunizing the Medical Practitioner “Process Infringer” – Greasing the Squeaky Wheel, Good Public Policy, or What?, 77 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review 51 (2000).
  • Weldon E. Havens (sp), Medical Arbitration Agreements, 41(12) Orange County Lawyer 14 (1999).
  • Weldon E. Havins & James J. Dalessio, Reproductive Surrogacy at the Millennium: Proposed Model Legislation Regulating “Non-Traditional” Gestational Surrogacy Contracts, 31 McGeorge Law Review 673 (2000).
  • Weldon E. Havins & James J. Dalessio, Limiting The Scope of Arbitration Clauses in Medical Malpractice Disputes: the Potential Loss of Affordable Health Care in California, 28(2) Capital University Law  Review 331 (2000).
  • Weldon E. Havins & James J. Dalessio, The Ever-Widening Gap Between the Science of Artificial Reproductive Technology and the Laws Which Govern that Technology, 48 DePaul Law Review 825 (2000).
  • Weldon E. Havins, Healthcare Issues and Nevada Law, Advertising and Solicitation; Part I, 1 County Line 7 (Jan/Feb. 2000); Part II, 2 County Line 7 (Mar. 2000).
  • Weldon E. Havins & Lee Nordan, Correction of Undercorrected Radial Keratotomy with Myopic Keratomileusis, 1 Journal of Refractive Surgery 56 (May-June 1985).
  • Weldon E. Havins, A Useful Alternative to Silicone Intubation in Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstructions, 4 Ophthalmic Surgery 666 (1983).
  • John Jankovic, Weldon Havins & Robert Wilkins, Blinking and Blepharospasm: Diagnosis, Mechanisms, and Management, 248 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (23) 3160 (Dec. 1982).
  • Weldon E. Havins & Robert Wilkins, Current Treatment of Blowout Fractures, 86 Ophthalmology 863 (1982).

 

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS and FELLOWSHIPS
  • Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1977; re-Certified in 2011
  • Certified, American Board of Legal Medicine, 1999
  • Certified, American Board of Forensic Medicine, 1996
  • Certified, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, 1995
  • Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine, 1998
  • Fellow, American College of Forensic Medicine, 1996
  • Fellow, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1982
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1980
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1977

 

PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL EXPERIENCE
  • Private Practice of Medical Ophthalmology, Henderson, Nevada, Nevada Eye Physicians, 2017 –
  • Private Practice of Medical Ophthalmology, Las Vegas, Nevada, Westfield Eye Center, July 1999 – 2016
  • Private Practice of Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 1982 – July 1998
  • Private Practice of General Ophthalmology, Upland, California, July 1976 – July1981
  • International Eye Foundation, Fellow, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America, 1976

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT
  • Professor Emeritus, Medical Jurisprudence and Ophthalmology, 2020 –
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, Touro University Nevada, 2011 – 2020
  • Professor and Director of Medical Jurisprudence and Ethics, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2005 – 2020
  • Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, Touro University Nevada, 2014 – 2020
  • Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, Touro University Nevada, 2006 – 2013
  • Adjunct Professor of Professional Studies, UNLV School of Dentistry, 2006 – 2010
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 2000 – 2002
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, UCLA Department of Ophthalmology, 1976-1982
PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE
  • Law Clerk Intern, Eighth Judicial District, District Court, Department 1, Judge Gene Porter, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1999-2000
  • Law Clerk Intern, Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Court Division, Department H, Judge Art Ritchie, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2000
  • Law Clerk, Eighth Judicial District Court, Department XIX, newly appointed Judge Allan Earl, 2001
  • Hearing Master (alternate), Mental Commitment Hearings, Eighth Judicial District, Las Vegas, 2001
  • Executive Director and Special Counsel, Clark County Medical Society, 2001 – 2008
  • Judge Tempore, Eighth Judicial District, Short Trial Program, 2002 – 2005
  • Nevada Physician Medical Liability Task Force, Legal Advisor, 2002-2003
  • Keep Our Doctors in Nevada Initiative Petition, Legal Counsel, 2002-2004
  • Nevada State Bar, Bar Exam grader, 2005 – 2012
  • Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Executive Director and Special Counsel, 9/2008 – 12/2008
  • Touro University Nevada, In-House Counsel, 2008 –
  • Touro University Nevada, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professionalism, 2004 –

 

MILITARY SERVICE
  • US Navy
    Lt., Medical Officer, U.S.S. Daniel Webster SSBN 626, Nuclear Submarine Service, 1971-1972
    Naval Regional Medical Center, Medical Officer, U.S.S. Hospital Ship Repose, 1972-1973
    Commendation awarded at completion of service
    Honorable Discharge
  • US Air Force (USAF-R)
    Major, Medical Corps, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1983-1986
    Honorable Discharge
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Inn of Court, Nevada Chapter, Master of the Bench
  • American College of Legal Medicine
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American College of Forensic Medicine
  • American Bar Association
  • Nevada State Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American and Nevada Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Nevada State Medical Association
  • Nevada State Ophthalmological Society
  • Clark County Medical Society
COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Department of Accounting, Advisory Committee, 1990-1995
  • UNLV Lady Rebels Basketball Team, Team Physician, 1983-1992
  • Las Vegas Rotary Club, 1983 – 1986
  • Community College of Southern Nevada, Foundation Board of Directors, 1989-1993
  • LIGA Surgery Missions to Mexico, Pilot and Ophthalmic Surgeon, 1989-1993
  • Meadows School, Founding Board of Directors, 1986-1990
  • American Red Cross, Las Vegas, Board of Directors, 1982-1984
  • Las Vegas Health Fair, Medical Advisory Board, Chairman, 1983-1988
  • Governor’s Medical Liability Coalition Committee, 2002
  • Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center, Board member, 2003 – 2006
  • Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition, Nursing Education Committee and Legislative Committee, 2002 – 2012
  • Rotary Club of Green Valley, Henderson, 2011 –
  • Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Board Member, 2013 –
  • Nevada Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Commission, Board Member, 2013 – 2017
  • Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, Board Member, 2017 –
SERVICE IN MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • Nevada State Medical Association, Past-President, 2017 – 2018
  • Nevada State Medical Association, President, 2016 – 2017
  • Nevada State Medical Association, President-Elect, 2015 – 2016
  • Nevada State Medical Association, Secretary, 2013 – 2015
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Board of Governors, 2015 –
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Item Writer Committee, 2017 –
  • Nevada Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Co-Chair, 2015 –
  • American Board of Legal Medicine, Board Trustee, 2008 –
  • Clark County Medical Society, President, 2007-2008
  • Clark County Medical Society PAC, MEDPAC, Board Trustee, 1987 – 1995, 2000 –
  • Nevada State Medical-Legal Screening Panel, Member, 1989-1993, 1999-2003
  • Clark County Medical Society, Board of Trustees, 2000 – 2011
  • Nevada State Medical Association, Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Commission, 1992-1995, 1999-2000
  • Sunrise Hospital, Department of Surgery, Chairman, 1995
  • Nevada State Ophthalmological Society, Legislative Chairman, 1990-1995
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Board of Councilors, Nevada Representative, 1989-1991
  • Nevada State Ophthalmological Society, President, 1986
  • Las Vegas Ophthalmological Society, President, 1985
  • Nevada State Medical Association, House Delegate, 1993-1995, 1999 – 2004
  • Nevada State Medical Association, Governmental Affairs Commission, 1991-1995, 1999-2001, 2006 –
  • Nevada State Peer Review Organization (Health Insight), Ophthalmology Reviewer, 1988-1995
  • Sunrise Hospital, Utilization Review Committee, 1991-1995
  • Sunrise Hospital, Continuing Medical Education Committee, 1988-1990
  • NEMPAC (State Medical PAC), Board of Directors, 1988-1995, 2009 –
  • Southern Nevada Area Health Education Council (AHEC), Board of Directors, 2003 – 2006
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Clark County OBGYN Society Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • Clark County Medical Society Harold E. Feikes’ Physician of the Year Award, 2003
  • Nevada State Medical Association, President’s Award, 2005
  • Clark County Medical Society President’s Award, 2005
  • Nevada State Medical Association, Community Physician of the Year Award, 2006
  • Top Docs in Ophthalmology, AVVO.com and Las Vegas Inc. Magazine, 2012
  • Healthcare Heroes, Lifetime Achievement Award, Las Vegas Business Magazine, 2012
  • Top Docs in Ophthalmology, Las Vegas Inc. Magazine, 2013
  • Clark County Medical Society, President’s Award, 2013
  • Top Doctor of Ophthalmology, VEGAS, INC., 2014
  • Inspired Excellence in Medicine Award, HEALS, 2016