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Washoe County Medical Society

Washoe County Medical Society Leadership / Board of Directors

Ronald Swanger, M.D.

2018 Board President

Ronald Swanger, M.D.Ronald Swanger, M.D., came to Reno in 2012 when he joined the Reno Diagnostic Centers. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. He did his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He is a neuroradiology fellow. Dr. Swanger has authored and co-authored numerous articles on topics such as MRI appearance of nerve regeneration and let-sided appendicitis with intestinal malrotation. He also has participated in several research presentations in the United States and Canada.
  • His awards include: Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award 2009 Radiological Society of North America Research & Education Foundation
  • New York Medical College Rita F. Giralomo, M.D. 2009 Radiology Award
  • Chief Resident of Diagnostic Radiology 2008-2009
  • Best Overall PGY-1 in Internal Medicine 2004-2005
  • Outstanding Performance as an Intern in Ambulatory Care 2004-2005
Dr. Swanger and his wife, Diane, are the parents of four boys.
Andrew (Andy) Pasternak, IV, M.D.

2017 Board President

Andrew (Andy) Pasternak, IV, M.D.Andrew Pasternak IV, M.D., M.S. Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine, is a family medicine specialist. Dr. Pasternak has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1993. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Pasternak also is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno.

Dr. Pasternak started because he wanted to build a different kind of practice. ” Patients should expect a pleasant experience from everyone in our office. Every aspect of your care should be convenient, timely, professional, and of high quality. We’re proud of the fact that we’re the only clinic in Nevada to have achieved Health Insight’s quality award every year since its existence.

Finally, we’re most proud of our commitment to our community. We have been members of 1% for the Planet since 2007 by making donations to local environmental charities. We also have been proud sponsors for several local events, races and charities. Giving back to our community is the best way we can show our appreciation for you trusting your care with us.”

Jay K. Morgan, M.D.

Secretary/Treasurer

Jay K. Morgan, M.DJay K. Morgan, M.D., is managing partner of Sierra Neurosurgery Group. In 1993, he joined the group after serving on their academic staff. His specialties include treating complex spine disorders and vertebral vascular disease. He is board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgeons. In 2016 he received the WCMS C.H. Woods Award. He completed his medical doctorate at Ohio State University, School of Medicine in 1984 and his Fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, in 1998-99. He completed his residency in 1990 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He’s served as chairman of Neurosurgery at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and as chief of Neurosurgery at Renown Regional Medical Center. He is a member of various organizations including:  The International Stroke Society, the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery, a Stroke Fellow of the American Heart Association, the Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, as well as his national, county and state medical associations. Dr. Morgan has extensive research experience, has been published and presented lectures. He shares the rewards as well as the challenges facing medical providers in our community through candid, open communication with the public. Dr. Morgan enjoys reading, working out, gazing into the heavens and studying the stars, and spending time with his family as he never seems to waver on his commitment to his family or friends.
Daniel Spogen, MD

Professor, Chairman, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Daniel Spogen, MD ProfessorDaniel is the chair of the department.  He graduated from the University of Southern California.  He then went on to complete his family medicine residency training at Glendale Adventist Medical Center which is related to Loma Linda University.  After graduation, he came to Reno as faculty for the Department of Family Medicine.  Soon after that he found himself in the position of program director.  After some restructuring, Dr. Spogen spent the next 18 years in private practice, practicing the full scope of family medicine including obstetrics.  His passion for teaching never wavered.  Being an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, he was selected as a member and then the chair of the Commission on Education.  There he realized the need to get back to academia.  He returned to the University of Nevada, School of Medicine in the fall of 2005.  He was full time faculty in 2006 and served as the Director of Medical Education.  In 2007 he became the Chair of the Department.  In addition, he has been very active in the Student Outreach Clinic.  Not only is he on the SOC’s board of directors but he is the Medical Director as well.  He also is the current chair of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Physician Development and delegate for the NAFP.  His main passion is for health care reform and fostering student interest in family medicine.
Amanda CanderClay, M.D.

Dr Amanda VanderClayGeneral Surgeon

Dr. VanderClay was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She received her medical degree from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine in 2007. She then completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012. She is Board Certified in General Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Nevada State Medical Society and Washoe County Medical Society. She is currently an NSMA delegate. Dr. VanderClay’s interests include gallbladder surgery, repair of hernias of the abdomen, groin, and hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, breast surgery for cancer and non-cancerous conditions, colon and skin and soft tissue tumors. She has a special interest in advanced surgery techniques including robotic and laparoscopic surgery. She is currently offering robotic gallbladder and hernia surgery, with single incision surgery for gallbladder removal.

Reed W. Dopf, M.D.
Reed W. Dopf, M.D.Reed Dopf M.D. Geriatric Specialty Care, Palliative Care Associates, Carson Tahoe Health, Eden Hospice, Hospice of the Foothills. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Reno/Carson City Native with near a decade of professional service in Northern Nevada, California. Active in state/county medical society since 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine (2006) with B.S. from University of Nevada, Reno in Biochemistry (2000). A great fan of Northern Nevada, he has received all didactic and clinical training in Nevada where he maintains full time work/life balance. Dr. Dopf is a University of Nevada School of Medicine, assistant clinical professor.
Hardeep Dhindsa, M.D.

Director

Hardeep Dhindsa, M.D.Hardeep Dhindsa, M.D., founded HDRetina Eye Center ins 2001. He completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Maryland. After completing medical school in 1987, Dr. Dhindsa did his internship at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and was subsequently awarded a two-year research fellowship there. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor in 1993. He did a medical and surgical retina fellowship at the University of Virginia in 1994. Dr. Dhindsa’s career took an unexpected turn, when he was invited to be a professor at the world-renowned King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Originally intending to stay for a year, he and his wife, Shilpa and their four children, stayed for eight years. In 2010 he was elected to the American Eye Study Club, which represents individuals at the highest level of political and academic rank in American ophthalmology. In 2012, Dr. Dhindsa was recognized among the top 3% of physicians in the nation with his “Most Compassionate Doctor” award. He lectures, serves on committees at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has served on the board of Sageridge School and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Jacob (Jake) Blake, M.D.

Director

Jacob (Jake) Blake, M.D.  Jacob (Jake) Blake, M.D., is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who manages the Pain Management Department at Sierra Neurosurgery Group. He is committed to compassionate patient care and patient safety issues. Dr. Blake is a local physician who graduated from Carson High School and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. He then went on to graduate from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2004. He completed an internal medicine internship in San Francisco and subsequently completed anesthesiology training at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). During his time at UCSD Dr. Blake was introduced to the field of pain medicine and eventually completed a fellowship training in that specialty at UCSD. Dr. Blake lived in Portland, OR and worked in Vancouver, WA where he treated both surgical patients and patients with chronic pain. In 2012, Dr. Blake joined Sierra Neurosurgery Group. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family and playing music with friends.
Patrick Woodard, M.D.

Director

Patrick Woodard, M.D.Patrick Woodard, M.D., Renown hospitalist, is a senior healthcare executive with more than 10 years’ experience in healthcare and healthcare information technology. A practicing board-certified internal medicine physician, he serves as associate chief medical information officer at Renown Health, an integrated delivery network in Reno. Before joining Renown, he was a co-founder and chief medical and technology officer for DocDox, a physician software start-up based in Washington, DC, for four years. He was house staff president at Howard University Hospital and obtained his medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Woodard graduated from Georgetown University after first studying violin performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Today, he is a trustee of the Reno Philharmonic Association and is a member of the board of directors of Washoe County Medical Society. He is also a delegate to the Nevada State Medical Association, where he is co-chair of the commission on medical practice.
Thomas (Tom) Killeen, M.D.

Delegate Chair

Thomas (Tom) Killeen, M.D.Thomas (Tom) Killeen, M.D., Nevada ENT and Hearing Associates, brings more than 20 years’ experience to Reno. Dr. Killeen is a board-certified otolaryngologist. Before joining Nevada ENT & Hearing Associates, Dr. Killeen served as chairman of the Surgery Department at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for 12 years and was actively involved in the state and local medical societies. He is a graduate of Stanford University with bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He earned his degree in medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Honor Medical Society. His did his internship and residency at Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine and Barnes/Jewish Medical Center in general surgery and otolaryngology head and neck surgery Dr. Killeen is a University of Nevada assistant clinical professor and a University of California, Davis clinical instructor.