April 27, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dr. Loretta Cordova de Ortega has been named interim chair of the UNM Department of Pediatrics, effective May 1, 2006.

Ortega, a home-grown New Mexican with roots extending seven generations, received her BA from Stanford University and M.D. from the University of New Mexico. She served her residency at the UCLA Medical Center before returning to New Mexico in 1991 as a general pediatrician. Since that time, Ortega has been appointed medical director of all Pediatric Ambulatory Clinics (1996), vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics (2001), and has served on numerous department, hospital and Health Science Center committees.

"Dr. Ortega has been a leader in the clinical enterprise, especially in primary care, for many years, "said Robert Katz, vice president for clinical affairs at UNM HSC and the former UNM chair of Pediatrics. "She is a tireless worker who is dedicated to the multiple missions of the Health Sciences Center."

Ortega will serve her term as chair while a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted. "Maintaining stable leadership while undergoing a national search will be extraordinarily important," said Paul Roth, executive vice president for UNM HSC and dean of the UNM School of Medicine. "Loretta is respected by all of the faculty of the department as well as the senior leadership of the School of Medicine and UNM Hospital and will do a spectacular job."

The UNM Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest departments in the School of Medicine. It maintains a budget of over 35 million dollars, 80 faculty, and over 350 staff.