Las Cruces pediatrician will be next Secretary of Health

February 28, 2011

Dr. Catherine Torres Confirmed as Secretary of Health by Senate

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Senate today confirmed Dr. Catherine Torres as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health.  Dr. Torres is a pediatrician from Las Cruces and was nominated by Governor Susana Martinez to lead the Department of Health because of her strong medical, public health and community service background.

“Dr. Torres is a dedicated health professional who knows the health needs of New Mexico’s children and families first-hand,” said Governor Martinez. “As we work together on important policy and administrative issues, Dr. Torres’ real-world experience will be an asset to my administration and all New Mexicans.”

Prior to becoming Secretary of Health, Dr. Torres worked as a pediatrician at Rio Grande Medical Group in Las Cruces.  Dr. Torres was the Medical Director of First Step Pediatrics in Las Cruces from 2005 to 2009.

“I am honored to be confirmed by the New Mexico Senate as the Secretary of Health and I look forward to working hard every day to improve the health status of all New Mexicans,” Dr. Torres said.

In addition to her medical background, Dr. Torres has served on several boards and commissions that work to improve the health of people in New Mexico and people living in the United States – Mexico border region.  Dr. Torres was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a Commissioner to the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission in 1999 and served on the Commission until 2006.  Dr. Torres was also a Commissioner for the New Mexico for the Sonora Health Commission.  Dr. Torres served as chairperson of the New Mexico Border Health Council Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2010.  Dr. Torres served as Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Doña Ana County Detention Center since the creation of the committee in 2008.

Dr. Torres is originally from Albuquerque and earned her B.S. in 1985 and an M.D. in 1990 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

For more information about the Department of Health go online to www.healthynm.org <http://www.healthynm.org> .

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