Mary Lipscomb Appointed Executive Dean

May 9, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651


Dr. Mary Lipscomb has been appointed Executive Dean of the UNM School of Medicine. Lipscomb has had a long list of accomplishments since coming to UNM in 1994 as chair of the Department of Pathology. In 1996, she led a group of pathology and internal medicine faculty at UNM in winning an NIH-funded Specialized Center of Research in Asthma, one of only eight in the country. In 1998, she helped lead efforts to launch a successful collaboration between UNMH, The Reference Lab, and Presbyterian Hospital to create TriCore Reference Laboratories.

In addition, the UNM Pathology Department has enjoyed an increase in national funding for research under her leadership, particularly in areas focusing on basic and translational research in cell signaling and adhesion, cancer, asthma, emerging infections and bioterrorism defense.

Lipscomb has provided leadership and expertise to a variety of prestigious committees, boards and study sections on both the regional and national level, including a two-year term as President of the Association of Pathology Chairs. She continues to be active as a teacher in both the medical and graduate school programs.

Lipscomb's own passion for research focuses on the mechanisms of immune regulation in the lung, specifically, how abnormal regulation of the immune response in the lung causes asthma, emerging infections and bioterrorism defense. She has published 89 articles and chapters and edited one book.

After obtaining her M.D. from Louisiana State University , Lipscomb completed a pathology residency training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and at the University of Washington in Seattle . She also received fellowship training in Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern .

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