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Dr. Paul B. Roth

paul-rothChancellor for Health Sciences, Health Sciences Center, UNM
Dean, School of Medicine, UNM


BS – Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey
MS – Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey
MD – George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Business/Research Background

Dr. Paul Roth, Chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Dean of the School of Medicine, is recognized as a leader in emergency medicine, as an innovator in medical education and as the head of one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Prior to heading the Health Sciences Center, Dr. Roth held a variety of leadership positions at UNM, including chair of the department of emergency medicine, director of ambulatory care programs and chief medical officer. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1976 after two years of medical school at the University of Nevada, Reno. He completed his family practice residency in 1979 at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed a BS in 1969 and an MS (biology) in 1972, both at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Particular Knowledge and Skills

Dr. Roth founded UNM’s Center for Disaster Medicine and created the nation’s first civilian Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He was asked to head up the emergency team following the 9/11 attack on New York City. The team also deployed in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives. He is a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Roth served as chair of the American Association of Medical Colleges Council of Deans from 2005-2006 and remains on its administrative board. He is a recent member of the AAMC’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education and chairs the standards subcommittee. Dr. Roth served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Advisory Council, and was a member of the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State “Secure Borders/Open Doors” advisory committee and the administration transition task force for homeland security during the Bush Administration. Dr. Roth serves as a member of the UNM Hospital Board of Trustees He also chairs the board of the Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He is the recent past chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Board and in 2011 received the Chamber’s Chairman’s Award of Excellence.