Paul B. Roth, MD
Paul B. Roth, MD

Paul B. Roth, MD, the University of New Mexico’s chancellor for health sciences, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).

Roth, who is also dean of the School of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center, is one of four new board members elected last week at the AAHC’s annual meeting in Chicago.

The AAHC, based in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit association dedicated to improving the nation’s healthcare system by mobilizing and enhancing the strengths and resources of academic health centers across the country.

There are more than 100 such centers, which include medical schools and other health profession programs, as well as research enterprises and teaching hospitals.

In addition to training future health care providers, academic health centers are economic engines for their communities, typically employing thousands of health professionals and staff. Their research leads to new therapies and technologies that benefit millions of people worldwide. And teaching hospitals at academic health centers, including UNM Hospital, often serve as safety net health care providers for their communities.

“It’s an honor to be elected to the board of an organization that is playing such an important leadership role for the nation’s academic health centers,” Roth said. “I look forward to working with the other board members and with academic health centers like ours here in New Mexico to help improve the nation’s health.“