LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) —
51-year-old Kayvan Khiabani will be greatly missed here at UMC. One of his specialties was microsurgery.. for instance, replanting a hand, or thumb that a patient might have lost in an accident. But beyond that, those who knew him say he was an amazing friend.
"It was a very tough day. You're using all your training to try to save a colleague", says Dr. Dale Carrison of UMC.
Dr. Dale Carrison knows it's bound to happen.
As chief of staff at University Medical Center, seeing a familiar face come through the trauma center is always a possibility.
On Tuesday, it was a fellow doctor, Kayvan Khiabani. He was hit and killed while riding his bicycle near West Charleson and Pavilion Center Drive.
"He was very well liked in the operating room. He was a nice man. You've seen the picture, the big smiling face, he always had that", said Carrison.
Doctor Khiabani also worked with the University of Nevada Reno school of medicine. He was helping to train the next generation of medical professionals.
His area of expertise wasn't limited to microsurgery.
In 2011, he appeared right here on News 3 for a discussion about the benefits of botox on migraines.
While Tuesday's accident is still under investigation, police say it appears the doctor lost control of his bicycle, and veered into the side of a tour bus. First responders acted quickly.
It's a loss. It's a loss to the community and it's a loss to his patients", said Carrison.
Carrison says while Khiabani's legacy will live on thanks to the countless doctors he helped train, the focus now, is on his family.
He says you learn quickly at a major trauma center to care for the living.