Catherine D. Torres, M.D.
New Mexico MemberDr. Catherine Torres, a native of Albuquerque, is the Cabinet Secretary of Health for New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez nominated her to lead the department prior to her appointment 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.
Dr. Catherine Torres has a medical degree and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. She most recently worked at Rio Grande Medical Group in Las Cruces. Dr. Torres has served as a medical director for First Step Pediatrics, a clinic that provides medical services for underserved children in Southern New Mexico.
In addition to her medical background, she has actively been involved in many community projects throughout Doña Ana County. She has served on many boards and commissions that work to improve the health of people in New Mexico and people living in the U.S.–México border region. Former President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1999 to serve as an inaugural member of the U.S.–México Border Health Commission, a position she held until 2006. In addition, Former Governor Bill Richardson appointed her to serve on the New Mexico-Sonora Commission. Dr. Torres also served as chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
Dr. Torres’ goals as Secretary of Health are to ensure quality care, focus on evidence-based priorities, develop and continue vital community partnerships, and to maintain clinical safety net services.
New Mexico Department of Health
Runnels Building, 1190 St. Francis Drive
Rm. N4100, P.O. Box 26110
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502-6110