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

The American Lung Association in New Mexico has conferred its 2015 Clinton P. Anderson Award on Paul B. Roth, MD, chancellor for health sciences at the University of New Mexico.

Roth, who is also CEO of the UNM Health System and dean of the UNM School of Medicine, is America’s longest-serving medical school dean and a nationally respected leader in medical education.

The award will be presented at a dinner on Tuesday, June 23, at the Albuquerque Pyramid Marriott North, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE.

“This award commemorates New Mexicans who have made real contributions to the health and well-being of our residents,” said Duane Ross, MD, chair of the American Lung Association’s state board of directors. “Paul Roth has advocated for broader access to quality health care throughout his long career.”

The award is named for Clinton P. Anderson, the state’s longtime U.S. senator, congressman and former Agriculture Secretary in President Truman’s administration. A South Dakota native, Anderson first came to New Mexico in 1917 to recover from tuberculosis.

In 1919 he became executive secretary of the New Mexico Public Health Association, a precursor to the American Lung Association.

Roth, who came to UNM as a medical resident in 1976, helped found the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine and is credited with starting one of the first urgent care programs in the country. He has been dean of the medical school since 1994.

He has chaired the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans and is a board member of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He is also a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits all U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

The mission of the American Lung Association in New Mexico is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more information on the dinner honoring Roth, or to purchase tickets, visit http://action.lung.org/NMHONOREEDINNER or call the American Lung Association in New Mexico at 505-265-0732.