The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor for the UNM Health Sciences Center, and dean of the UNM School of Medicine, will serve as chair-elect for the Chamber's Board of Directors for 2011-12 and as chairman of the Board for 2012-13.

Roth leads the Health Sciences Center at the University of New Mexico and continues as the Dean of the School of Medicine - a position he has held since 1994. Prior to 1994, Roth held a variety of leadership positions at the University of New Mexico, including chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, director of Ambulatory Care Programs, and chief medical officer.

In addition to serving on the UNM Hospital Board and Science and Technology Corporation Board, Roth is CEO and chair of the UNM Medical Group, Inc. Board. He was chair of the AAMC Council of Deans from 2005-06. Roth was invited to be a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Emergency Advisory Council, and was a member of the joint Dept of Homeland Security and Dept of State "Secure Borders/Open Doors" Advisory Committee and Administration Transition Task Force for Homeland Security.

Roth is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. in 1976 and completed his Family Practice Residency in 1979 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed a B.S. in 1969 and an M.S. (Biology) in 1972, both at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

"We are excited that Paul has accepted the position of Chair-Elect," said Jed Fanning, incoming chairman of the Board. "He is a very effective leader and excels at managing challenges. He understands the economic role that the University of New Mexico must play in strengthening New Mexico's economy. I am glad that he will be alongside me in the coming year."

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