Former NM health secretary named 2016 UNM School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus
Alfredo Vigil, MD (‘77), professor of family medicine at the University of New Mexico, has been named the UNM School of Medicine’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. Vigil, former secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, currently practices family medicine at El Centro Family Health in Taos, N.M.
The UNM School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored a legacy of excellence at the UNM School of Medicine.
Vigil is board chair of the Con Alma Foundation and New Mexico Health Resources, and is a staff physician and former CEO of El Centro Family Health. A longtime member of UNM’s clinical faculty, Vigil is an active preceptor in the UNM School of Medicine primary care curriculum and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Public Health Leadership Institute.
"I am honored to be a product of the UNM School of Medicine,” Vigil says. “I am but one of hundreds of examples of young New Mexicans who were transformed into dedicated physicians that have served New Mexico very well over the past 50 years."
Vigil, who performed his family practice residency at UNM, was cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health from 2007 to 2010. He has worked in private practice, community health centers, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. For five years prior to his current position, he was chief executive officer of El Centro Family Health, a non-profit primary care organization in Española, N.M.
Earlier in his career, Vigil was medical director of Questa Health Center and vice president of clinical affairs at Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe. His 30 years of extensive clinical and management experience includes specializing in family medicine, geriatrics, emergency medicine and reproductive health issues.
Community service has been a keen focus of Vigil’s throughout his career, and he has been a leader in professional recruitment and retention, medical ethics and healthcare access for New Mexicans over the decades.
Recent SOM Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients include:
2015 – John Mateczun, MD (’78).
2014 – Anthony Yeung, MD (’70).
2013 – Manuel Archuleta, MD (’73).
2012 – Karen S. Guice, MD (’77).