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Excellence in Research, Education & Patient Care


For more than 40 years, our physicians have provided bone and joint health care to New Mexicans. We specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, including bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, tendons, and nerves. Our orthopaedic physicians are experienced in treating patients of all ages who have broken bones, foot/ankle/hand/shoulder problems, spine injuries/deformities, or need joint replacement and reconstruction.

To provide you with the most comprehensive care possible, our faculty specialize in pediatrics, trauma, oncology, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. Each patient visit ends with a discussion of medical findings and treatment options. We look forward to providing you with optimal care and attention.

Department Social Isolation Event and Casa Esperanza Fundraiser

The department held a social isolation event. Anytime during a two week period in May members of the department could participate in a 5k run or 1 mile walk by themselves or with family to maintain social distance during the time of Covid. After the event, times and pictures were emailed to the other members of the department to share in the experience. In addition, the event was a fund raiser for Casa Esperanza, New Mexico's House of Hope. Our former resident Rick Castillo (88) is on the board of directors for Casa. Donations can always be made to this worthwhile organization. View photo gallery.

UNM Orthopaedics collaborates with the Department of Engineering in COVID 19 relief effort

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It didn’t take long after news of the global pandemic of the coronavirus hit for members of The University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering to begin using their ingenuity, looking for ways to help.

In particular, news that those on the front lines — medical professionals and emergency workers — lacked basic personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks as well as hand sanitizer were concerning, yet, being engineers, they immediately saw solutions.

Although the UNM campus has been largely physically empty the last few weeks due to the university’s period of limited operations — with students banned from campus, and faculty and staff working mostly remotely — there were very busy efforts under way to get designs and a production process going quickly to help those in need.

Christina Salas, an assistant professor of the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at UNM and special assistant to the dean of the School of Engineering for Health Sciences Center relations, was appointed to coordinate and lead the School’s varied efforts.

Salas has a unique qualification, being familiar with both the medical side, working frequently with hospitals and physicians on biomedical devices, as well as the engineering side of designing, building and producing equipment used by medical professionals... More>

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

MSC10 5600
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-272-2231 (clinic hotline) 505-272-4107 (academic office)
Fax: 505-272-8098