December 1, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0262 office, 220-0702; Bridgid Isworth     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

R. Philip Eaton, M.D., executive vice president for Health Sciences at the University of New Mexico, has been elected to the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers. Eaton's term will run for three years.

Nationally recognized as a researcher in endocrinology, Eaton's prolific career includes numerous sponsored research projects—among them collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories that led to the invention and patent of the first implantable, programmable insulin pump and ongoing development of the glucose sensor. Eaton's breakthrough research has significantly improved the care and treatment of people with diabetes.

Also elected and joined by Eaton are Arthur H. Rubenstein, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and dean of the School of Medicine; and Fred Sanfilippo, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Ohio State University.

The Association of Academic Health Centers is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people by advancing the leadership of academic health centers in health profession education, biomedical and health services research, and health care delivery.

As the largest integrated healthcare treatment and education complex in New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center's (HSC) vision is to identify and solve the most important questions of human health in New Mexico communities. UNM HSC achieves this through education, patient care, research and partnerships.