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Interim Vice President for Research

Research Professor, Department of Pediatrics

University of New Mexico Health Sciences


Pharm.D. – The University of New Mexico

Business/Research Background

Dr. Raissy was appointed interim Vice President for Research at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences in November 2022.  She joined the Department of Pediatrics in July 2021.  Over the past 22 years, she has had an opportunity to contribute to advancing health science throughout New Mexico, as well as nationwide.  She has been a principal investigator for more than 100 clinical trials contributing to new therapeutic interventions for asthma and cystic fibrosis; in addition, she has lead NIH funded Networks such as Childhood Asthma Management Program, the Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network and AsthmaNet.

Dr. Raissy is currently co-PI for the IDeA State Pediatric Trial Network, part of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program, funded by National Institutes of Health Office of the Director. The ECHO Program’s goal is to understand the effects of a broad range of early environmental influences on child health and development.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led efforts to secure funding and participate in the Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery study.

Dr. Raissy joined the Clinical & Translational Sciences Center leadership in July 2010 when UNM Health Sciences sought its first NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award and she is currently the director of Network Capacity. 

Particular Knowledge and Skills

Dr. Raissy is the recipient of the UNM Health Sciences Research Excellence Award in Clinical Science (2020), College of Pharmacy Research Excellence Award (2022) and UNM Alumni Research Award (2023). 

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