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Our Doctors



David Kahan - Associate Director and Professor

Education: - B.S. in Kinesiology, 1990, UCLAM. Ed. in Teacher Education, 1991, UCLAPh.D. in HPER, 1995, The Ohio State University

Professional Memberships: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD),National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education (NAKPEHE)

Research Areas: My initial focus in graduate school was directed at coaching behavior with special emphasis on gender dynamics (e.g., males coaching female athletes). At my first appointment, I changed my focus to better match a major job responsibility—the preparation and supervision of preservice (student teachers and undergraduate field practicum students) teachers. To this end, I spent 5 years on projects focused at better understanding cooperating teacher behavior and beliefs. Beginning Fall 2001, I again switched my focus to issues involving the relationship between physical activity and religion/culture. During a sabbatical year in 2009, I added an additional focus by investigating the impact of social-ecological variables on preschool children’s physical activity.

Susan Levy - Professor

Education: - B.A., Connecticut College, M.A., JFK University Ph.D., Oregon State University

Professional Memberships: Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

Research Areas: My research interests focus on examining motivation for exercise adoption and maintenance, with a particular interest in the role of self-perceptions on exercise behaviors. My research has recently addressed exercise and physical activity patterns of middle-aged and older adults with arthritis. This work has been conducted in collaboration with faculty from the Graduate School of Public Health. I am also interested in measurement issues and statistical designs best suited to the assessment of related constructs.

Amir Bacchus - Chief Medical Officer

Education: Dr. Bacchus received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, where he was named Resident of the Year for both1993-94 and 1995-96. In 2003, he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Bacchus has also been recognized by Las Vegas Life Magazine as one of the best doctors in Las Vegas.

Professional Memberships: As the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Diagnostic Center of Medicine in Las Vegas, he led a 27-primary care physician practice at five Las Vegas offices. Prior to taking on a leadership role with Diagnostic Center of Medicine, he worked as an internist for the company, providing primary care and inpatient/outpatient management with a significant intensive care unit workload.

Research Areas: With 23 years of experience in operating, managing, and guiding physician groups, Dr. Amir Bacchus, engages providers to succeed in a dynamic healthcare landscape. Much of his career has focused on healthcare delivery and working with managed care organizations to promote improved quality, access, and cost of care through quality and performance metrics.

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