Sheila Hickey, MD, has been selected as associate dean of student affairs, the UNM School of Medicine announced. Dr. Hickey will succeed outgoing associate dean Eve Espey, MD.

Dr. Hickey is a professor of pediatrics in the department's Infectious Diseases Division and has been an faculty member since 1995. She is a graduate of the UNM School of Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, after which she completed her Infectious Diseases fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

Dr. Hickey  has extensive experience related to medical student education and student affairs, having been the Phase II Pediatric Clerkship director for eight years; a Phase I course director for three years; previous chair of the Committee on Student Promotions and Evaluation; and assistant dean of student affairs for the last six years. Recently Hickey has been actively involved in leading the planning for the new Learning Communities mentoring program that will begin in 2014-2015.

"Dr. Hickey is positioned perfectly to assume leadership of the Office of Medical Student Affairs. She has the leadership, administrative and teaching experience to ensure continued excellent service to our students," said Paul B. Roth, MD, UNM Chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the UNM School of Medicine.