UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

Phone: (505) 272-6487

Clinic Appointments:
(505) 272-2336


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Research in the Department of Surgery

Hassan performs state's first-ever robot-assisted bypass surgery

Mohammed Hassan and Marco Ricci

Dr. Mohammed Hassan, right, with Dr. Marco Ricci.

Dr. Mohammed Hassan, is a University of New Mexico cardiothoracic surgeon who recently used the da Vinci surgical robot to perform New Mexico's first-ever robot-assisted coronary artery bypass graft. Dr. Marco Ricci is chief of UNM's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and recruited Hassan to help build UNM Hospital&'s minimally invasive cardiac surgery program. A conventional heart bypass procedure requires sawing the sternum apart to give the surgeon room to harvest the internal mammary artery and use it to bypass the blocked left anterior descending artery. Patients are in considerable discomfort and sidelined from regular activity for months. The robotic procedure, however, is minimally invasive, leaving the breastbone untouched.
Read more. (Michael Haederle/HSC NewsBeat)

Research Incentive Awards

The department of Surgery offered a limited number of Internal Surgery Research Incentive Awards of up to $5,000 in the 2012-2013 academic year to help stimulate research ideas into extramurally funded research projects.

Research on diabetic retinopathy

UNM Chief ophthalmologist Dr. Arup Das and basic scientist Dr. Paul McGuire are partnering to find a cure for blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy, which threatens the 19.7 million Americans (and 150,000 New Mexicans) living with diabetes. Read more (HSC Newsbeat).