Professor Joseph V. Scaletti was one of the founders of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  He also served as UNM’s first Vice President for Research and created UNM’s south campus Research Park.  He spent the last 23 years of his career working on improving access to quality healthcare in the underserved rural communities of New Mexico.

Three unifying themes can be seen throughout his career:

1.  He drew inspiration and energy from creating new organizations for educating and serving others

2.  He believed in accomplishing things through collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships

3.  He was highly idealistic and always took time to encourage and inspire others to follow their dreams and make their contributions.

Dr. Scaletti had a reputation for integrity and a soft-spoken, down-to-earth manner that put people at ease. He loved the University and the people of New Mexico.


Military Service


UNM School of Medicine

Vice President for Research

Health care for the underserved rural communities in New Mexico