Thomas Williams, M.D., Named SOM Exec Dean

UNM Health Science Center Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine, Paul Roth, M.D., has announced the appointment of Thomas Williams, M.D. as the new Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine.

For the past four years, Dr. Williams has served as the Chair of the Department of Pathology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the UNM Medical Group, TriCore Reference Laboratories, and the National Center for Genome Resources. He is the chair of the College of American Pathologists Pharmacogenomics Education Committee.

In his new role, Williams will have expanded responsibilities and authority to help the academic departments and departmental chairs fulfill their mission areas of education, research and patient care. This expanded role for the Executive Vice Dean will include being the top administrative officer for the UNM Medical Group.

Serving at the discretion of the Dean, Dr. Williams will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategic goals of the School of Medicine as well as conducting the day-to-day operations.

Since December of 2011, the Health System has been engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process with a goal of developing a clinical strategic plan for the UNM Health System, its hospitals, clinics and providers, to guide the delivery of health care services in the local community and throughout New Mexico and to maximize our potential to secure our vision of achieving more progress in healthcare than any other state by 2020, said Roth.

“An essential aspect of our strategic planning requires us to modify how our upper management is structured so we can implement the transformational changes required in the new era of health care,’ said Chancellor Roth.

The Executive Vice Dean will work with each of the Department Chairs, Center Directors, Senior Associate Deans and other administrative staff to ensure the smooth operations of the School of Medicine in all areas, including:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs
  • Health Professions and Public Health Programs
  • Research
  • School of Medicine Clinical programs within the UNM Health System.

Dr. Williams has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Pathology of the School of Medicine since 1991. He received his M.D. from UNM and completed a pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he also served as chief resident of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. His post graduate training included an Immunobiology Training Fellowship sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Williams is a molecular pathologist who founded the first clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory at UNM Hospital. His research has been centered on immunogenetics: the study of genes and proteins that control the immune response and the immune reaction to transplanted organs such as kidneys and bone marrow. He actively teaches technologists, medical students, residents, and clinical fellows.

"This appointment is a reflection of Dr. Williams’ many years of dedicated service at UNM as well as his tremendous contribution to our academic and clinical missions,” said Chancellor Roth. “These are exciting times to be at the Health Sciences Center and we look forward to the new contributions Dr. Williams will be making.”
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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