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Chris Taylor, MD, MBA

Vice Chairman and Professor

Residency Program Director

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-3401

Academic Career

Taylor was the first faculty hire in the newly developed Department of Neurosurgery. His training includes general neurosurgery and endovascular procedures and he is qualified for dual appointment in both the Neurosurgery and Radiology Departments. He was in private practice in El Paso prior to coming to UNM.

He graduated from Case Western School of Medicine, where he also completed his neurosurgery residency. He completed fellowship training in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at UT Southwestern. Taylor obtained his MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management in 2013.

Research Interests

Co-principal investigator on $15.1 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant to bring neurological emergent consultations to 30 rural hospitals in New Mexico through telemedicine technology. He also leads a study involving intracerebral hemorrhage evacuation, as well as a study of Matric and GDC Coils for the treatment of intracranial saccular aneurysms.


  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Degenerative and Traumatic Spine Disorders
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy

Practice and Research Pages

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Active Member, Harvey Cushing Society
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section
  • American Medical Association
  • New Mexico Medical Association
  • Greater Albuquerque Medical Association


Bringing Much Needed Expertise to New Mexico

In 2005, after nearly 30 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Howard Yonas, MD decided to make a change. The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center was searching for a department chair for its Neurosurgery division, and Yonas was searching ...

Neurosurgeons Use Angioplasty to Give Golfer Back her Swing

Most people are familiar with angioplasty, a procedure where a small balloon pushes open an artery in the heart to clear a blockage, but neurosurgeons have only recently began to investigate its effectiveness in opening arteries to the brain. UNM neurosurgeons recently performed a vertebral artery angioplasty on arteries leading to the brain with stunningly successful results that helped a lifelong