March 30, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(UNM, Albuquerque)--Executive Vice President for UNM Health Sciences, Paul Roth, MD has announced the appointment of Robert Katz, MD as Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Senior Dean for Clinical Affairs.

"I am proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Katz. He will bring dedication and professionalism to the job and has a twenty two year history at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He has proven himself as a capable manager and an effective leader in his service as Chair of the UNM Hospital Pediatrics Department and as a faculty member," Dr. Roth said.

Dr. Katz will serve as the Vice President for Clinical Affairs replacing Dr. Paul Kirk's current position of Associate Vice President for Clinical Integration. "Dr Katz will be playing a critical role in the future of the University Hospitals' and School of Medicine's joint clinical enterprise and assure our ability to provide necessary services to all of our populations. I am thrilled that someone as experienced and knowledgeable of our issues as Dr. Katz has agreed to serve in this role," Dr. Roth said.

Dr. Katz has been the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics since 1998 and a UNM School of Medicine faculty member since 1984. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Katz was the first pediatric intensivist, an Intensive Care specialist, in New Mexico and in that capacity began a long career dedicated to improving the level and quality of care available for children at the UNM Health Sciences Center. Under his leadership the services offered to children at the HSC has greatly expanded. Dr. Katz has played a critical role in the planning for the new Children's Hospital pavilion scheduled for opening in April of 2007.

"I am very excited about assuming this new leadership role for clinical enterprise at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. There are many challenges ahead of us, but I am confident that we will be able to enhance the delivery of care to the patients that come to our institution for care. The UNM Hospital and the UNM Health Sciences Center plays a unique and important role as a primary health care provider, a research institution and education center for the next generation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists for New Mexico. I look forward to working with Dr. Roth, my colleagues and faculty, the UNM Regents and the communities across the state to deliver the outstanding service and support New Mexicans deserve," Dr. Katz said.