University of New Mexico family medicine physician Martha Cole McGrew, MD, has been named executive vice dean for the UNM School of Medicine, the UNM Health Sciences Center announced Wednesday. McGrew, chair of the medical school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, will assume her new role Jan. 1.
McGrew was appointed to the post this week, after a competitive internal search, according to Paul B. Roth, MD, UNM chancellor for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. In announcing the appointment, Roth thanked Thomas Williams, MD, the current executive vice dean, for his service. Williams announced last summer that he would be stepping down from the position at the end of the year.
“While we had great candidates, I feel fortunate that someone with Dr. McGrew’s experience and skill set will be our next executive vice dean,” he said. “Her expertise in family and community medicine, and her interest in serving rural and underserved areas of our state, will be extremely important as the Health Sciences Center trains the next generation of health care providers and works to address physician shortages and other health care challenges facing New Mexico.”
The executive vice dean is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UNM School of Medicine, part of the UNM Health Sciences Center. There are 438 students currently enrolled in the school’s four-year MD program, plus students in a number of other medical programs, including dental hygiene, emergency medical services, public health, medical laboratory sciences, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant and radiologic sciences.
The medical school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, includes nearly 30 academic departments. In addition to training students and residents and conducting biomedical research, School of Medicine faculty also practice medicine at UNM Hospital, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center and other clinics throughout the community.
“I feel honored and privileged to have been selected to be the executive vice dean of the UNM School of Medicine,” McGrew said. “It is a wonderful and challenging time to move forward in health care, health professionals education and research, and I am excited to be part of the leadership team here at the School of Medicine. We have tremendous faculty, staff and learners, and I have a commitment to and a deep respect for our mission of improving the health of New Mexico citizens through education, research and patient care.”
McGrew, whose interests include maternal-child health and medical education, is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She completed her family medicine residency at LSU Medical Center and later earned a fellowship in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the faculty at the UNM School of Medicine in 1990.