Martha Cole McGrew, MD, and Jamie Silva-Steele, RN
Martha Cole McGrew, MD, and Jamie Silva-Steele, RN

The UNM Health Sciences Center’s Martha Cole McGrew, MD, and Jamie Silva-Steele, RN, have been named by Albuquerque Business First as 2017 Women of Influence.

McGrew, executive vice dean and a professor and former chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine, UNM School of Medicine, graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at LSU Medical Center. She earned a fellowship in Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and joined the medical school as a faculty member in 1990. McGrew's expertise in family and community medicine, medical education and maternal child health, combined with her focus on serving rural and underserved areas in New Mexico, make her a champion for health sciences education for the next generation of health care providers.

Silva-Steele is president and CEO of UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC). An Albuquerque native, she has been with UNM Hospitals (UNMH) in various capacities for more than 30 years, beginning as a pediatric nurse and administrator for ambulatory care services. Silva-Steele has been instrumental in improving patient care at UNMH, including advancing the primary care patient-centered medical home, developing new primary care and specialty facilities for patients, expanding interpreter language services and developing UNMH’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. Over the past few years, she has been a strong advocate for her community, working closely with Sandoval County, area Native American communities and Rio Rancho to enhance services at SRMC.

“Martha Cole McGrew and Jamie Silva-Steele have long been recognized at the UNM Health Sciences Center for their dedication and innovation in addressing health care opportunities and challenges in our communities throughout New Mexico,” says Paul Roth, MD, MS, UNM Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “It’s wonderful that the greater community also recognizes their outstanding leadership and accomplishments.”

Albuquerque Business First is honoring 21 women of influence this year who were voted by a judges’ panel as top leaders in the community. More than 250 nominations were submitted by the public, and independent judges reviewed more than 120 applications to select the final 2017 Women of Influence.

According to Albuquerque Business First, the finalists come from a wide variety of industries, and include CEOs, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders who serve as role models, mentors and innovators.