Art Kaufman, M.D., chair of the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine, was recently selected by the National Center for Primary Care to receive its 2006 Academic Leadership in Primary Care Award for his work in improving medical care throughout New Mexico . The award is one of three the Morehouse School of Medicine presents annualyl for excellence in primary care.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine has achieved international status for its training of medical professionals and innovative programs to improve access to the medically underserved in the state.

"As an academic leader in primary care, your specific contributions to create innovative education and service models to address community, indigent rural and population health needs has not gone unnoticed," said George Rust, M.D., MPH, interim director for the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine. "Through your work at the UNM School of Medicine and its Department of Family and Community Medicine, you have laid the ground work to improve health outcomes for many of our nation's under-served communities."

The award program, now in its sixth year, has honored a distinguished group of leaders in three categories of the medical arena:

Leadership in National Health Policy;

Clinical Leadership in Primary Care;

Academic Leadership.

The award will be presented at the Sixth Annual Morehouse School of Medicine Primary Care and Prevention Conference in Atlanta on September 11, 2006 .


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322