College of Sciences Alumni of the Year
Dr. Tony Alamo
’86 BA Chemistry
Dr. Tony Alamo is the medical director of the Alamo Medical Clinic (multi-doctor group) specializing in internal medicine. After a six-year tenure with the Nevada Gaming Commission, Dr. Alamo was appointed chair by Governor Brian Sandoval in July 2014. He is the first person in Nevada history to have chaired both the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. While at UNLV, he was one of the founding members of the Student Ambassadors Program. After completing his bachelor’s, he left UNLV to attend the University of Southern California School of Medicine. A native Nevadan, he returned to the Las Vegas Valley to practice medicine in the community where he was raised. He served as the Chief of Staff of two hospitals – Sunrise Hospital and Children’s Medical Center in 2002-2004 and St. Rose Hospital’s San Martin Campus from 2006-2009.
During his seven-year tenure on the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Dr. Alamo served as its chair and had the privilege of sanctioning the largest bout in boxing history – Oscar De La Hoya versus Floyd Mayweather in May 2007. He addressed many other interesting and difficult decisions, the most notable being the denial for licensure of Mike Tyson in January 2002. During this time, he also coauthored a paper in the Journal of Neurotrauma regarding traumatic brain injury in unarmed combatants. He was instrumental in mandating hepatitis testing in all athletes. In 2006, he was the first civilian to be awarded the “Medal of Unit Valor” for “Valorous Conduct” in a hostage barricade situation from Las Vegas Metro Police Department. Dr. Alamo is a member of the board of directors of Bank of George.