The New Mexico Injury Prevention and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau will celebrate the dedication of the Dr. Timothy T. Fleming Building at 2500 Cerrillos Road on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Santa Fe. The UNM School of Medicine is also creating the Timothy T. Fleming, M.D. Endowed Professorship.

Fleming graduated with his M.D from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He joined the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to an isolated clinic serving the Navajo, Yavapai and Havasuapi Indian Nations in Arizona and New Mexico. Over the next ten years he cared for and befriended people from various Indian nations in Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon.

In addition to his work as a practitioner with Indian Health Services, Fleming also worked as an emergency care physician. Over the next 17 years he consulted for the Indian Health Services, became director of Emergency Services at St. Vincent's Hospital, and assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

On April 20, 1999, Fleming passed away from a reoccurrence of a rare malignancy that first appeared when he was 22. The Timothy T. Fleming, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Emergency Medicine is being established in his memory. The Fleming Professor will be recognized nationally as an expert in emergency medicine. The professor will teach and train physicians, nurses and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) progressive methods for stabilization and suffering alleviation during the first hour after a trauma, known. as the golden hour.

Traumatic injury is one of the top three causes of death in the United States and the leading cause of death for persons under 45. Training is especially critical as New Mexico is the fifth most rural state in the nation, where many people live in isolated areas, have no local medical providers and are forced to depend on emergency personnel. For more information about making a donation or further information about the endowment, contact Abigail Erickson at 505-272-8413.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322