New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2004
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Paul B. Roth, M.D.
Dr. Roth, Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Associate Vice President of the UNM Health Sciences Center, is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. After earning his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his family practice residency training at the UNM School of Medicine.
In his role as dean of the medical school, Dr. Roth has quadrupled research funding; established a successful diversity program that has increased the number of students from underrepresented groups to approximately 30 percent of the student body; and established the UNM Institute for Public Health, fully integrating the basic principles of public health and community service into the medical school curriculum.
As associate vice president of the UNM Health Sciences Center Dr. Roth is responsible for all aspects of the quality of the care patients receive. He oversees the staff of the five hospitals within the Health Sciences Center: University Hospital, Carrie Tingley Hospital, UNM Mental Health Center, UNM Children's Psychiatric Center, and the UNM Cancer Treatment and Research Center.
In addition to the exceptional work Dr. Roth has performed at UNM, he has also served as medical director for the Bernalillo County Detention Center; the San Juan Medical Center; and the Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and Portales Fire Departments. He has been a board member for the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, for Safer New Mexico Now, and for Project HOPE as well as various committees of the New Mexico Medical Society and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
As a faculty member, Dr. Roth was responsible for creating the lifeGuard helicopter transport program. He created the Center for Disaster Medicine which provides disaster and emergency medical services to New Mexico and the United States through specialized emergency medical care units they have provided services for most major U.S. earthquakes and hurricanes. the Cerro Grande fire and at Ground Zero. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson for Public Health Preparedness.