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


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

Arup Das, MD, PhD

Regents' Professor
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


UNMHSC Mission Excellence

Clinical Interests:
Comprehensive ophthalmology with an emphasis on cataract surgery, glaucoma and ocular trauma.

Rachel Davis, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Opthalmology Residency Director
Director of Glaucoma Service

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Clinical Interests:
Glaucoma, cataract surgery, comprehensive ophthalmology, eye trauma and complex cataract surgery.

Jamie Dunn, OD, FAAO


Clinical Interests:

Primary eye care, ocular disease and specialty contact lenses.

Dusanka Deretic, PhD

Research Professor

Todd Goldblum, MD

Assistant Professor
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 only to strabismus patients.

Amar Joshi, MD

Amar Joshi, MD

Assistant Professor
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: 
Treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy; laser retinal surgery; and developing new strategies for intravitreal drug delivery.

Linda Rose, MD, PhD

Director, Cornea and External Diseases Service
Associate Professor

Community Vision Project

Clinical Interests: 
Cornea and external disease, corneal transplantation, endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK), pterygium surgery, ocular surface reconstruction and cataract surgery.

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. He continues to work with scientists to bring novel treatments of retinal diseases to his New Mexico patients.

Roy Daniel Sanchez, OD


Clinical Interests:

Primary care optometry, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and teleretinal imaging.

Kevin Sitko, MD

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

Healing Touch: Striving for Better Vision

Clinical Interests:
Diseases affecting the neurologic pathways of vision and control of eye movements, including ischemic optic neuropathy, papilledema, optic neuritis, stroke, hereditary optic neuropathy, double vision, cranial neuropathies affecting eye movements, myasthenia gravis, neurodegenerative conditions with effects on vision, and pupillary abnormalities. Other clinical interests are: the electrophysiologic testing of the eye in the diagnosis of ocular pathology, including full-field electroretinogram (ERG), multifocal ERG, electro-oculogram (EOG), pattern ERG, and visual evoked potentials (VEP). Also, inflammatory conditions of the eye, called uveitis, and cataract surgeries.

Joaquin Tosi, MD

Assistant Professor
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
Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Clinical Interests:

Comprehensive (general) ophthalmology.