ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Dr. Loretta Cordova de Ortega has been named chair of the UNM Department of Pediatrics after a national search was conducted, announced Dr. Paul Roth, executive vice president for the UNM Health Sciences Center and dean of the UNM School of Medicine. Ortega has served as the interim chair for the department since May 2006.

Ortega, a native New Mexican with roots extending seven generations, received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Spanish from Stanford University and her M.D. from UNM School of Medicine. She served her residency at the UCLA Medical Center before returning to New Mexico to join the faculty in 1991 as a general pediatrician. Ortega’s practice focuses on children with special health care needs and chronic medical conditions. She has been listed as one of Albuquerque’s "Top Docs" in 2006 and 2007.

Ortega has worked at UNM as the medical director of all pediatric ambulatory clinics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics. She has served on numerous department, hospital and Health Sciences Center committees and leadership positions.

As interim chair of the department, Ortega has assisted the School of Medicine to make great strides in promoting and supporting pediatric research, and has worked to strengthen all of the department’s clinical and academic programs, while providing excellent services to the children of New Mexico. Ortega also has continued to lead the department in providing the best possible education in pediatric medicine to its medical students and residents.

"Dr. Ortega has been a leader in the clinical enterprise, especially in primary care, for many years," said Dr. Robert Katz, vice president for clinical affairs at UNM HSC and former pediatrics chair. "She has the knowledge, leadership skills and the respect to lead the best pediatric department in the state."

"Dr. Ortega has provided exceptional leadership in the Department of Pediatrics," said Roth. "She is respected by all faculty of the department, as well as the senior leadership of the School of Medicine and UNM Hospital."


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