UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Paul Roth, M.D. announced today the appointment of Dr. John Russell, M.D. as the permanent Chair in the UNM School of Medicine Department of Surgery.

Dr. Russell has been serving as interim Chair of the Department of Surgery since July of this year. He came to UNM in January 2004 from the New Britain General Hospital in Connecticut where he served as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery to accept the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and professor of Surgery.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Russell accept the position of Chair for the Department of Surgery," said Dr. Roth said. "Dr. Russell brings his vast experience and leadership skills to the UNM SOM Department of Surgery at a critical time in our history. As we strive to meet the growing medical challenges of the communities we serve, I have total confidence in Dr. Russell's capabilities to guide the Department of Surgery. At the same time, as a proven educational mentor and leader, his dedication to graduate medical education will ensure that we continue to train the next generation of New Mexico surgeons," Dr. Roth said.

Russell received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He served an internship and a residency in Surgery at Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut as well as a Galloway Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute at Cornell University in New York.

Before coming to UNM, Russell had been on faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine since 1980. He was Interim Chair of Surgery in the Department of Surgery from 1986 to 1987, and Vice Chairman from 1999-2003. During his tenure at UConn, he also served in a number of other administrative roles, including the posts of Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education; Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education. He also served as Chief of Surgery at the Newington VA Hospital (1983 - 1987), Chief of Surgery at New Britain General Hospital (1988 - 2003) and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at New Britain General Hospital (1997 - 2003). He presently serves on the Institutional Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. A general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Russell's clinical interests are in general surgery, with special emphasis on breast cancer surgery.


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