UNM Department of Surgery

Welcome from the Chair

John Russell

John Russell, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery

Our goal at the University of New Mexico is to provide excellence in surgical education and patient care. Our five year ACGME accredited program in general surgery achieves this in a setting unlike any other in the country: the beautiful high desert of the southwest.

The University of New Mexico Medical Center is the only academic institution in the state, and our referral base includes parts of eastern Arizona, southern Colorado and west Texas. The hospital based experience includes rotations at the University Hospital, the VA Medical Center, the Lovelace Medical Center and the Presbyterian Hospital. We were one of the first centers to receive formal certification on our BATCAVE on July 1, 2006, by the American College of Surgeons as a regional simulation center. Our chief residents finish with over 1000 major cases. Our comprehensive curriculum includes didactic and problem-based learning. Operative and laparoscopic surgical skills are addressed in technical labs as well as in the operating room. Scholarly activity is mandatory, with opportunities ranging from clinical research to quality assurance and innovations in education. Graduates from our surgical program have excelled as both community based general surgeons and sub-specialists in large urban centers. We are proud to have prepared them equally well for either path.

We strive not only to maintain our level of excellence, but to improve our program. We are innovators in education. The experience and learning are not limited to surgery: the distinct cultures that constitute our population enrich the educational experience. All this takes place in the wonderful climate and breathtaking geography of this unique corner of the country.

Welcome to our program. Make yourself at home as you visit our website. We hope that you will come and see what it is that sets us apart.