Family and Community Medicine

MSC 09 5040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: Administration (505) 272-2165 Phone: Clinic (for patients) (505) 272-1734
Fax: (505) 272-8045

Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD

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Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity/ Associate Dean, UNM School of Medicine/Professor, UNM Dept. of Fam & Comm Med/UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program

MSC09 5040

Albuquerque, NM 87131

UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity/UNM School of Medicine/UNM Dept. of Fam & Comm Med/UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program


Romero-Leggott has been a primary care provider for many years on the forefront of treating populations burdened by socio-economic, racial and ethnic disparities. She graduated medical school and completed her Family Medicine residency training at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Romero-Leggott is a native New Mexican with strong roots in her cultural heritage.

Presently, Romero-Leggott serves as Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer at the UNM Health Sciences Center, and Professor in the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine. She also serves as the Executive Director of the UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program and Medical Director of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center.

Her office advances, diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Health Sciences Center and communities through capacity building and sustainable programs and collaborations. Dr. Romero-Leggott serves as a leader, convener and collaborator. She has forged important bridges between the UNM Health Sciences Center and New Mexico community groups and created cross-disciplinary programs across academic units.

Her professional interests are adolescent medicine, diverse populations, education pipeline, and enhancing a culturally sensitive & linguistically competent, diverse, and prepared health workforce to improve health and health equity.