Sept. 13: Alumni Don Rodgers, Effie Medford and Bruce Lovett joined current students to represent the School of Medicine in the State Fair parade.

Sept. 26: Join us for an Open House and walking tour of the HSC Campus.

Aug. 1-3: Alumni reunion was held at Sandia Resort and Casino, honoring all School of Medicine classes for the past 50 years.

Aug. 1: The Basic Medical Science Building was dedicated as Reginald Heber Fitz Hall in honor of of the first dean of the School of Medicine.

2014 Winners

  • Debra Roybal
  • Elizabeth Duran-Valdez
  • Elizabeth Sanchez
  • Janell Valdez
  • Margaret Saiz
  • Marilyn Rhodes
  • Melissa Nuttall
  • Tina Lujan
  • Venita Wolfe

School of Medicine Dean's Staff Award winners announced

The 2014 winners of the School of Medicine Dean's Staff Award were announced on Oct. 24. Nominations came from the School of Medicine community, recognizing a UNM School of Medicine employee who has demonstrated exceptional service. According to the rules, nominees must have made significant contributions to the University through innovative ideas or action resulting in quality improvements, reduced cost, or wider acceptance of university operations.

This year's nominees were Pam Anstine, Kate Austin, Amanda Bassett, Gina Cardinelli, Andrea Chapman, Erin Dabney, Susan Dillinger, Amy Dunlap, Elizabeth Duran-Valdez, Mary Fenton, Kate Fox, James Frieberg, Alicia Garcia, Jeff Gibson, JoAnn Glasoe, Tina Gomez, Miria Kano, Lynn Lessard, Tina Lujan, Theresa Mack (Crawford), Stephen Mathias, Rebecca McCain, Angela Miller, Jennifer Montoya, John-Paul Montoya, Melissa Nuttall, Michelle Otero, Pauline Padilla, Juan Carlos Pena-Philippides, Lori Peterkin, Teresa Quintana, Kelly Ramirez, Marilyn Rhodes, Nancy Risenhoover, Alicia Rodriguez, Debra Roybal, Margaret Saiz, Elizabeth Sanchez, Pam Sedillo, Barbara Shortman, Lisa Sundvall, Janell Valdez, and Venita Wolfe.

The nine recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Nov. 6 hosted by Paul Roth, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and Chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center. Winners will receive a plaque and a monetary award of $1,000.

50th Anniversary Speakers in the Departments of the UNM School of Medicine



Toby Merlin, MD
Director, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA

50th Anniversary Keynote Seminar
Oct. 9, 2014; 3:30 p.m.
Domenici Auditorium, Room 1220 Read more.

Internal Medicine


Andrew Weil, MD
Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine of the College of Medicine, University of Arizona; Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology, University of Arizona

50th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Oct. 12, 2014 (ticketed event) Read more.


Søren Brunak, MD
Founding Director of the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis ; Chair , Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark

50th Anniversary Guest Speaker
Oct. 17, 2014 Read more.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Hector DeLuca, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Omdahl Memorial Lecture
Topic: Vitamin D: A Fountain of Health
Nov. 7, 2014; noon
Fitz Hall Room 303


Mina Bissell, PhD
Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories

50th Anniversary Guest Speaker
Topic: Why don't we get more cancer? The crucial role of Extracellular Matrix and Microenvironment in metastasis and dormancy.
Nov. 11, 2014; 4:00 p.m.
Domenici Auditorium
Reception to follow: Domenici West, Third Floor