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Joanna Katzman, MD

Associate Professor

Executive Medical Director of UNMH Pain Management Service

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Contact Information

Phone: (505)272-3401

Academic Career

Katzman directs the University of New Mexico Pain Center, where patients from throughout New Mexico are able to obtain pain, addiction and mental health consultation. She is originally from Los Angeles and relocated with her family to the UNM School of Medicine in 1997.

She graduated from Stanford University and the Yale University School of Medicine. Her residency and fellowship training at UCLA were in the areas of neurology and neurorehabilitation. Katzman specializes in headaches, myofascial pain and spasticity. 

Research Interests


  • Comprehensive Pain Management
  • Headache
  • Opioid Substance Use

Practice and Research Pages

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Integrative Pain Management (Board of Directors)
  • American Pain Society
  • American Society of Neurological Rehabilitation
  • American Headache Society


Education program successful in reducing opioid abuse, UNM study shows

New Mexico has the highest rate of opioid drug overdose death in the U.S. Perhaps more sobering, almost every county in New Mexico has a higher drug overdose death rate than the rate for the entire U.S., with Rio Arriba and Mora counties’ overdose death rates at five times the national rate.

Team approach to pain, depression (ABQ Journal)

There is a huge relationship between chronic pain and depression, says neurologist Joanna Katzman, director of the University of New Mexico’s two-year-old Pain Center, the interdisciplinary Pain Consultation and Treatment Center. And anxiety has just as big an association with chronic pain. Both depression and anxiety can magnify pain.

UNM Health System Announces Promotions

Health Sciences Center Reorganization Taking Form ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The UNM Health Sciences Center recently reorganized to increase the efficiency of its operations, become a highly integrated organization, create the UNM Health System, and assure a balance between HSC's academic and clinical missions.

Two HSC Pain Clinics Receive National Award

The UNM Hospital Pain Clinic and the HSC Project ECHO Chronic Pain and Headache Clinic were recently selected by the American Pain Society (APS) to receive its prestigious 2011 Center of Excellence Award