UNM School of Medicine Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and UNM Health Sciences Center Dr. Cristina Beato has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary for health within the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS).

Dr. Beato was nominated by U.S. Senator Pete Domenici to the position in February and his office announced the nomination on August 21 for the appointment level position.

"Cristina has a willingness to work with many different interests, without abandoning her own strong principles, in order to achieve positive results for her patients," Domenici said. "This approach to problem solving certainly parallels that set out by President Bush, and I have no doubt that she will be a great fit in his administration."

With Senate confirmation, Beato would serve as in the OPHS office that acts as the center for leadership and coordination within the agency, and provides advice on public health and science issues to the HHS Secretary. In the new post, Beato will be the senior advisor on public health and science issues to the secretary.

"The Bush administration has made an outstanding choice in selecting Cristina Beato as the next principle deputy assistant secretary of Health," said UNM School of Medicine Dean Dr. Paul Roth. "Dr. Beato has demonstrated true leadership in advocating for the unique populations in New Mexico and the country while at the same time truly understanding the social, fiscal and policy aspects of health care. I am proud to have served alongside such a remarkable physician."

In addition, OPHS offers direction to its program offices, which include the Office of Minority Health, Office of Women's Health, Office for Human Research Protections, and Office of Military Liaison and Veterans Affairs.

Beato received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from the University of New Mexico and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1984. She has also served as medical director for the New Mexico Youth Diagnostic and Development Center, Department of Children, Youth, and Families and as an emergency room physician at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Albuquerque.
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