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Clinical Experience

UNM’s Department of Neurosurgery is the main tertiary referral center for patients living in New Mexico, west Texas, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona. The complex conditions that these patients present provide an excellent training experience our resident physicians.

Dr. Yonas and Resident in Surgery

Our subspecialty areas include neurovascular, benign and malignant brain tumors, pediatrics, trauma, stereotactic radiosurgery, spine (including instrumentation) and peripheral nerve. UNM Hospital is New Mexico’s only Level I trauma center, and covers the same large territory as the elective referral base. As such, our residents have no difficulty in meeting minimum case log requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The program currently covers two main hospitals, UNM Hospitals and the Albuquerque VA Medical Center, with the latter focusing on spine.

The UNM Hospitals are affiliated with UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed teaching and research facility, where we anticipate faculty and resident participation in minimally invasive surgeries.

As a resident you not only have access to highly qualified general neurosurgeons but also receive in-depth training and close collaboration with neurologically trained critical care faculty who are employed directly by the Department. The Department jointly manages a 24-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care unit to ensure that you have the unfettered access to neuro-intensive critical care patients that is required for your training.

Thanks to the broad variety of faculty, sites, populations and procedures, our residents are thoroughly trained and better prepared upon graduating from our program