UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Ophthalmology Division

UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-6120
Joanne Baca de Holguin
Supervisor, Admin Support
Kathryn Cannella
Admin Assistant II
(505) 272-6123


UNM Hospital Eye Clinic

2211 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
UNM Eye Clinic
1600 University Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Sherry Reeder, DNP, MSA, RN-BC
Director of Ophthalmology Clinics



Arup Das, MD, PhD

Regents' Professor of Ophtalmology
Chief,Opthalmology Division
Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Surgery

Clinical Interests:
Diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, and age-related macular degeneration

Robert Avery, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

UNMHSC Mission Excellence

Clinical Interests:
Comprehensive Ophthalmology: Emphasis on Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Ocular Trauma

Rachel Davis, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Opthalmology Residency Director
Director of Glaucoma Service

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Clinical Interests:
Primary eye care, Ocular disease, Specialty contact lenses

Jamie Dunn, OD, FAAO


Clinical Interests:
Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Eye trauma and complex cataract surgery

Dusanka Deretic, PhD

Research Professor

Todd Goldblum, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Clinical Interests: 
All eye diseases in children including strabismus, lazy eye, amblyopia, ptosis, tear duct obstructions, albinism, retinopathy of prematurity, nystagmus, cataracts, glaucoma, optic nerve anomalies, and cortical vision impairment. Dr. Goldblum also has expertise working with special-needs children. His adult practice is limited to strabismus patients only.

Amar Joshi, MD

Amar Joshi, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Medical Director, UNMH Eye Clinic

Clinical Interests:
Comprehensive evaluation and management of diseases of the eyelids and ocular adnexa, orbit, and lacrimal system. Functional, reconstructive, and cosmetic eyelid surgery including dermatochalasis and ptosis repair, ectropion/entropion repair and excision/reconstruction of skin cancers around the eye. Diseases of the orbit including orbital fracture repair, orbital tumor management and medical and surgical treatment of Thyroid-Associated Orbitopathy. Repair of tear-drainage problems including nasolacrimal duct obstruction

Rebecca Leenheer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests:
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus

John Pitcher, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests:
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery

Linda Rose, MD, PhD

Director, Cornea and External Diseases Service
Associate Professor

Community Vision Project

Clinical Interests:
Treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, laser retinal surgery, developing new strategies for intravitreal drug delivery

C. Nathaniel Roybal, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests:
His PhD studies provided novel insights into mechanisms upregulating angiogenesis in diabetes and age-related macular degeneration. His post-doctoral studies focused on gene and stem cell therapies for age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at the University of Iowa where he published several papers that pioneered the use of proteomics for the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. Doctor Roybal continues to work with scientists to bring novel treatments of retinal diseases to his New Mexico patients.

Roy Daniel Sanchez, OD


Clinical Interests:
Cornea and External Disease, Corneal transplantation, Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK), Pterygium Surgery, Ocular surface reconstruction, Cataract Surgery

Kevin Sitko, MD

Assistant Professor
Director, Neuro-Opthalmology Service
Director of the Visual Electrophysiology Service

Clinical Interests:
Primary Care Optometry, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Teleretinal Imaging

Joaquin Tosi, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director of the Retina Service

Inherited Retinal Diseases

Clinical Interests:
Diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, secondary intraocular lens fixation, macular and submacular surgery, retinal vascular disease, age-related macular degeneration, ocular trauma and inherited retinal dystrophies

My Tran, OD


Clinical Interests:
Primary eye care, ocular disease, and specialty contact lenses

Philip H. Watkins, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Clinical Interests:
Comprehensive (General) Ophthalmology