Meet Dr. Paul Janda, DO, COM '07
Leadership is paramount for the students at Touro University California (TUC), as demonstrated by 2007 TUC alum Dr. Paul Janda.
A native of California, the neurologist who now practices in Nevada has a robust resume of medical accomplishments. These include a short-course Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angles School of Medicine; a Neurovascular Interpretation program at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina; and several published reports on Moyamoya disease and Carotid body tumor.
But there's a profound uniqueness to Dr. Janda, one that sets him apart from other physicians. After receiving his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from TUC in 2007 and completing his residency, Dr. Janda ventured on to earn a law degree from the Boyd School of Law, becoming the first board-certified neurologist/lawyer in the state of Nevada.
"I decided to study law because I truly enjoyed academia," he said. "I felt that it would make me a better advocate for my patients in their present treatment in addition to shaping healthcare policy in the future."
Today, Dr. Janda serves as the Program Director of the Neurology Residency Program at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas and is the President of the Las Vegas Neurology Center, a multispecialty neurology practice. He is also President-elect of the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Heart Association and serves as the Director of Neurology and Stroke for Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Given his busy schedule, Dr. Janda took some time to answer a few questions about Touro, his residency, and the drive behind neurology:
Q: What led you to study osteopathic medicine?
Dr. Janda: I enjoy the tenets of osteopathic medicine. In particular, I was very attracted to the holistic approach to the body from a diagnostic and treatment standpoint.
Q: Both your parents are physicians. Did they push you to study medicine?
Dr. Janda: Surprisingly, neither one pushed me into medicine. Instead, they both supported me and my younger brother from a general academic standpoint as they wished for us to pursue our education to the extent that we wanted.
Q: What is your attraction to neurology?
Dr. Janda: My attraction to neurology was founded in my desire to maintain long-lasting relationships with my patients. I also was very intrigued by neuroanatomy and localization in the diagnosis of disease states. Lastly, neurology is advancing very rapidly from a treatment standpoint. That continues to interest me.
Q: What volunteer activities/community services do you like to do?
Dr. Janda: I am the President Elect of the American Heart Association. I greatly enjoy teaching medical students and resident physicians.
Q: You were one of two physicians selected for the inaugural class of the neurology residency program at Valley Hospital Medical Center in 2009. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Dr. Janda: At a young age I knew that I wanted to be a neurologist. An opportunity presented itself here locally. I knew the residency would be difficult and busy but I enjoyed the volume of patients. Moreover, it was important for me to train in the city where I would later reside to treat patients and raise my family. It was evident to me that there was a vast need for the neurologic care of patients in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Q: What was your greatest lesson learned from Touro University California?
Dr. Janda: The greatest lesson I learned from TUCOM was that education is a lifelong process. It is important to be open minded and eager to assimilate new data.
Q: Fun question: If you were a drink, what would it be and why?
Dr. Janda: If I was a drink, I would be coffee. Perhaps I may be something stimulating and a necessary part to someone's day.
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