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The UNM Board of Regents announced today that Paul Roth, M.D., has been appointed UNM executive vice president for Health Sciences. Roth, who also is dean of the UNM School of Medicine, has served as interim executive vice president since August 17, 2005. He replaces Dr. Phil Eaton, who retired July 1. <p>

The UNM Health Sciences Center is comprised of the School of Medicine and colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing as well as the UNM Hospitals system which includes UNM Hospital, the UNM Cancer Research and Tratment Center, the UNM Mental Health Center, UNM Children's Hospital, UNM Carrie Tingley, and UNM Children's Psychiatric Center. The Health Sciences Center works to recruit and train healthcare providers from all corners of the state. It is also home to $127 million in externally-sponsored annual research activities. <p>

"These are critical times for healthcare," said UNM President Louis Caldera of the appointment. "Not only does Dr. Roth understand the healthcare academic and research arenas but he has a deeply held commitment to improving communication with the underserved throughout the state. He was instrumental in helping to make the recent Governor's Health Summit a success."<p>

"We recognize we are faced with many unique research and healthcare service needs in the state," said Roth in accepting the position. "It is imperative that we have an atmosphere of trust and confidence with all of the groups that we serve in New Mexico as we work to increase access and provide better healthcare across the state. <p>

An emergency physician, Roth has achieved national prominence as a pioneer in developing the specialty of Disaster Management Medicine. He became dean of the UNM School of Medicine in 1994. Before that, he served as interim chief medical officer (now known as associate dean for clinical affairs) at UNM and as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. <p>

Roth is the former director of the Center for Disaster Medicine within the Department of Emergency Medicine and continued to serve with the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team, even after becoming dean. In 2001, he helped DMAT provide medical care at the World Trade Center for two weeks following the September 11 attack.<p>

He has received numerous state and national awards for his contributions to improving health and access to health care. In 2004 he received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award from Governor Bill Richardson. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Public Health Preparedness to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. That committee provides input to the secretary on the nation's readiness to respond to significant public health emergencies, such as bioterrorism and natural disasters. Dr. Roth also serves as chair of the council of deans for the Association of American Medical Colleges.<p>

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