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Cleveland Clinic to add Urology Services in Las Vegas


Nation’s No.1-Ranked Urology Program to Offer Services in Las Vegas in Mid-April through Acquisition of Private Urology Practice


February 21, 2013

Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute will begin offering urology services in Las Vegas in mid-April.

The expansion is the result of Cleveland Clinic’s acquisition of the private practice of respected local urologists Scott Slavis, MD and Laurie Larsen, MD, who have worked together for nearly 20 years. The physicians, along with nine other employees in their office, will become employees of Cleveland Clinic.

After completing two years of surgical residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then finishing his urological residency at University of California at Irvine, Dr. Slavis did his fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Larsen has an impressive background and scope of expertise, having also trained at the University of California at Irvine.

“We’re honored to be recognized as the top urological program in the country, and proud to now be able to extend that care to patients in Las Vegas,” said Eric A. Klein, MD, Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “Dr. Slavis is a Cleveland Clinic alumnus, and that experience will greatly help in transitioning the practice to be an integral part of Cleveland Clinic.”

Drs. Slavis and Larsen will be moving across the street from their current location (at 3121 S. Maryland Parkway) to a new, state-of-the-art office, which will accommodate several pieces of new technology that Cleveland Clinic is investing in the practice. The new location will be in Doctors Pavillion, 3131 La Canada Street, and will open in mid-April.

Cleveland Clinic physicians and administrators have been meeting regularly with the physicians and staff and will be on-site in the coming weeks, orienting the office to Cleveland Clinic’s electronic medical records systems and other processes. In addition, Drs. Slavis and Larsen will be spending time at the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute (GUKI) facility in Cleveland for an extensive on-boarding process where they will be linked up with Cleveland-based GUKI and other physicians for integration and team-building.

Cleveland Clinic first began offering services in Las Vegas at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which welcomed its first patients in July 2009. The Center currently treats patients for a variety of neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, and memory disorders of all kinds. The Center is also known for the many supportive services it provides for the family members of those who suffer from these disorders.

“Our decision to expand services is based on the success we've experienced at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health,” said Dr. Klein. “It is encouraging to see how the community has welcomed our brand of quality care.”

Cleveland Clinic has truly helped shape the field of urology for the last 90 years, having contributed many “firsts” to the field, including performing some of the earliest kidney transplants, pioneering open and minimally invasive techniques for kidney and prostate surgeries, developing nephron-sparing surgery for patients with kidney cancer, and now provides expertise in a broad array of urologic conditions, including stone disease, genitourinary reconstruction, male and female incontinence, infertility, erectile dysfunction, pediatric urology, and cancers of the kidney, prostate, bladder and testis.

Today, the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic is recognized around the world as a leading center for innovative treatments. The Institute’s two departments, Urology and Nephrology, are both ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report, and its urology program is the largest and most sub-specialized in the world. The Institute has more than 300 employees, including more than 100 physicians/scientists who see patients at 15 locations in Northeast Ohio. The Institute also manages a kidney transplant program in Charleston, West Virginia, and a kidney/pancreas transplant program in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Current patients of Drs. Slavis and Larsen with any questions about the transition are welcome to call the office at 702.796.8669. More information about the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic is available at



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