October 24, 2019 | Summerlin Campus Future of Medicine Symposium


Roseman University of Health Sciences is sponsoring a special symposium on the “Future of Medicine” featuring some of the best and brightest thinkers in healthcare and education.

Our guest moderator and speakers will share their vision and passion regarding the transformation of academic medicine as it interfaces with population health, technology, policy, and practice. Top leaders in the Las Vegas community from all sectors of the economy are expected to attend and participate in an open dialog about the transformation of medicine. With two new medical schools in the Las Vegas in various stages in development (UNLV opened its doors in 2018 and Roseman University anticipates welcoming its first class in 2023), this program is especially timely and important to the health and well-being of our region.

The event will be moderated by Paul Umbach, the Founder and President of Tripp Umbach who was instrumental in the development of more than 15 new medical schools over the past 20 years, including the UNLV School of Medicine. Speakers, include Dr. Roberto Vargas from Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles, who will present on the importance of understanding diversity in addressing Population Health, Dr. Doug Miller who will explore the intersection of medicine, advanced technology, and artificial intelligence, and Keynote speaker Dr. Pedro Greer, who will share lessons learned from starting a new medical school in Miami.

The program serves as a springboard for Roseman University’s plans to bring a private MD-granting medical school to Las Vegas and the beginning of Rosman’s celebration of 20 years.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Roseman University Summerlin Campus
One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135




Dr. Renee Coffman
Co-Founder and President, Roseman University of Health Sciences

Dr. Renee Coffman is President and Co-founder of the Nevada College of Pharmacy, now Roseman University of Health Sciences. She previously served as the University’s Executive Vice President for Quality Assurance and Intercampus Consistency and the Dean of its College of Pharmacy. Prior to establishing Roseman University, Dr. Coffman became a founding member of the faculty at Western University of Health Sciences, where she also held the position of Facilitative Officer for Student Services.

While at Western, Dr. Coffman and four colleagues received Honorable Mention for the AACP Innovations in Teaching Awards.Dr. Coffman is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the International Federation of Pharmacy, as well as Phi Kappa Phi and Rho Chi Honor Societies and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.

Dr. Coffman has worked to support pharmacy, education and improved healthcare through her work with the Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition, iDO (Improving Diabetes and Obesity in Southern Nevada), the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Medication Error Discussion Group and the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Committee on Standards for Approval of Pharmacy Technician Training Programs. Additionally, Dr. Coffman was instrumental in successful legislative efforts permitting pharmacists to perform finger-stick blood glucose testing.In recognition of her community service in Southern Nevada, in 2008 she received the “Who’s Who in Healthcare” Award and the “Women of Distinction” Award, both sponsored by Greenspun Media Group. In 2012, she was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” by Ohio Northern University and in 2016 she was named one Nevada Business Magazine’s “Women to Watch.” She was named one of “Southern Nevada’s Women to Watch” by Greenspun Media Group in 2017.

Dr. Coffman serves on the Board of Directors for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare.

A licensed pharmacist in the state of Nevada, Dr. Coffman earned a Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University in 1987 and following graduation worked as a pharmacist in her hometown of Bucyrus, Ohio and in Piqua, Ohio. In 1995, Dr. Coffman earned a doctoral degree in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University, where she received the Kienle Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Jenkins-Knevel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research and was awarded an AAPE-AFPE Association Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences.



Paul Umbach

Founder and Senior Principal, Tripp Umbach

Paul Umbach, Founder and Senior Principal, is a nationally and internationally renowned strategist who pioneered innovative market research, community health assessment, and economic impact analysis. His leadership of thousands of consulting assignments over the past 30 years in every state and virtually every market in the United States and internationally makes Paul one of America’s most experienced and sought after consultants. Paul is the leading figure nationally in consulting for academic medical centers and for the establishment of new and expanded medical education programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 2004, Paul has led consulting assignments for 30 new medical schools as well as Graduate Medical Education expansion programs throughout the United States.

Prior to founding Tripp Umbach, Paul was the Executive Director of Economic Development in Elmira, New York, where he was a founding member of the New York State Urban Council. Paul’s first professional appointment after graduate school in 1985 was as Director of Environmental Education for the US Soil and Water Conservation District in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul has published several books and articles, taught at colleges and universities, and presented at more than 50 state and national conferences on topics of community health, health care reform, economic impact, and regional planning.

Paul is a graduate of Harvard University, where he completed an AMDP with a concentration in Economic Design from the Graduate School of Design. He also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Akron in Economic Geography and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and English Literature from Concordia University in Nebraska.



Dr. Roberto Vargas
Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Inter-Professional Education, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Vargas’s professional interests combine health services research, clinical care, and community collaborative partnerships towards the design, implementation, and testing of interventions to promote equal access to quality health care and to reduce health disparities. This currently includes serving as Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R24 funded partnership with community-based organizations and safety-net health care providers to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease detection, treatment, and poor health outcomes in South Los Angeles.

He also serves as the academic chair for the Community Academic Council of the NIH National Cancer Institute funded U54 CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities. Aside from research activities he serves on the Medical Executive Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California.

Dr. Vargas is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University School of Medicine and a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Harvard School Public Health. He did his residency and chief-residency in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and his undergraduate degree in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.



Dr. Doug Miller
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Doug Miller, a cardiologist who has thrice served as a medical school dean, including as dean of the Medical College of Georgia from 2006-10, has been named MCG’s senior associate dean for medical education.

The senior associate dean leads the medical school’s academic programs and works collaboratively with not only the staff in the Office of Academic Affairs, but with faculty and staff across the medical school and the state who are committed to MCG’s core mission of physician education. This includes oversight of curriculum, admissions, student affairs and faculty development, as well as MCG’s statewide campus network and working with the associate dean for evaluation, accreditation and continuous quality improvement to continually assess and refine educational programs.

“Asking Dr. Miller to step into this role after he returned to MCG earlier this year was an easy decision,” says Dr. David C. Hess, MCG dean. “He is not only a great physician, but a great educator of physicians with experience leading medical schools both here and in Canada. He knows MCG and knows that this medical school’s core mission is educating the next generation to help reduce the burden of poor health in this state and beyond.”

“I am excited to be back at MCG and honored to be charged with shaping the future of medicine,” Miller says. “I look forward to working with MCG’s top-notch faculty and finding the best ways to support these future physicians – academically, professionally and personally.”

Before returning to MCG in January, Miller served as dean at New York Medical College’s School of Medicine from 2015-17 and as dean for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He was a Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges from 2010-12.

He has been a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, chairing the accrediting body’s site surveys at the University of California, Riverside, Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine and Penn State’s College of Medicine. He has been a member of the AAMC’s Council of Deans, including presenting the plenary session, focused on educational quality improvement processes, at the group’s 2015 annual meeting. While serving as dean at MCG, he also was a member of the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce’s Medical Education Advisory Committee.

During Miller’s tenure as dean, MCG’s class size in Augusta grew from 180 to 190. He also helped grow the medical school’s statewide educational network, which now includes regional campuses for third- and fourth-year medical students at the Southwest Campus, based in Albany, the Southeast Campus, based in Savannah/Brunswick and the Northwest Campus, based in Rome. He also oversaw the creation and 2010 opening of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, a second four-year campus in Athens in cooperation with the University of Georgia.

Miller received his medical degree from and completed a residency in medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was a clinical and research cardiology fellow at the Montreal Heart Institute from 1981-82, after which he completed a clinical cardiology fellowship at Emory University and a cardiology research fellowship at Harvard. He also earned an executive MBA from St. Louis University.



Dr. Pedro Greer
Chair, Department of Humanities, Health and Society, Associate Dean of College of Medicine Community Engagement, and Professor, University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

Pedro J. Greer Jr., MD, is Professor of Medicine; Founding Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society; and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM) in Miami, Florida. He completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowships in hepatology and gastroenterology at Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established FIU HWCOM, where he led the creation of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, becoming its Founding Chair in 2009. Dr. Greer spearheaded a nationally and internationally recognized, interprofessional medical education program, Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP™), which prepares future physicians to assess and address the social determinants that impact health outcomes.

Better known as “Joe,” Dr. Greer established Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco health care centers for underserved populations in Miami, Florida. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters on topics from hepatic and digestive disorders to policy, poverty, health, and medical education in the United States. Dr. Greer wrote Waking Up in America, an autobiographical account about his experiences, from providing care to homeless persons under bridges to advising U.S. Presidents George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.

Dr. Greer serves in various capacities for national, state, and local organizations, including Trustee at the RAND Corporation and current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. Dr. Greer is also on the boards of American Funds and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Greer is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology, and has practiced medicine in Miami, Florida since 1991.