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

Message from the Trauma Fellowship Program Director

David Chafey, MD (photo)

David Chafey, MD
Associate Professor
Fellowship Director

Welcome. We have one 12-month, ACGME-accredited fellowship position available every August 1. Completion of an approved, orthopaedic surgery residency training program is required.

The Trauma Fellowship is well balanced between acute and reconstructive trauma, isolated and complex cases, clinical care and didactic learning, plus independence and guidance. We are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state and have an excellent integrated relationship with the Department of General Surgery's Trauma service. A fellow will get plenty of operative experience and will always have attending guidance.

This is not a trauma fellowship where a resident is totally left to take care of trauma patients by themselves, nor is it an observational apprenticeship. A fellow will learn techniques and principles by guided responsibility, repetition, being a teacher themselves, and combine didactics with clinical care.

Meet Our Trauma Faculty

Robert Blackstone (photo)

Robert Blackstone, PA
Physician Assistant

David H. Chafey, MD (photo)

David H. Chafey, MD
Assistant Professor

Thomas DeCoster, MD (photo)

Thomas DeCoster, MD

Rick Gehlert, MD (photo)

Rick Gehlert, MD

Samer Kakish, MD (photo)

Samer Kakish, MD
Assistant Professor

Samuel McArthur, MD (photo)

Samuel McArthur, MD
Assistant Professor

Urvij Modhia, MD (photo)

Urvij Modhia, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor

Meet Our Trauma Fellow

Scott Sandilands, DO (photo)

Brian Hodges, DO

Hometown: Vega, TX
Undergraduate: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
Medical School: University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine  – Fort Worth, TX
Residency: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Corvallis, OR
Post Fellowship: TBD