UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Paul Roth, M.D., has appointed Philip W. Wiest, M.D., as the new chair of Radiology. Wiest replaces Michael R. Williamson, M.D. who is stepping down to take sabbatical leave but who remains on faculty.

Wiest is an associate professor of Diagnostic Radiology at UNM. He received his M.D. from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UNM Hospital. He has served on faculty since 1992 and was elected a Fellow in the American College of Radiology in 2006. Since 1997 he has served as Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs within the Department of Radiology with responsibility for coordination of all technical and professional aspects of Clinical Operations in Diagnostic Radiology, CT MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Interventional Radiology.

Wiest has served in a number of curriculum development and educational administrative positions. He has conducted research projects both nationally and internationally including in Kazakstan and Estonia The Department of Radiology has some 32 faculty members.

Based at the UNM Health Sciences center in Albuquerque, the department provides radiology services for the University of New Mexico Hospital; UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center; Carrie Tingly Hospital; UNM Children's Hospital and New Mexico VA Healthcare System. UNM Hospital is also the tertiary referral center for the state of New Mexico and the surrounding area, and is also the state's only level-1 trauma center.