Divisions in the Department of Anesthesiology

Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia in the UNM Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides services to a continuously growing number of patients with cardiothoracic and cardiovascular disease. It is formed by ten anesthesiologists specializing in the perioperative care of patient coming for a broad variety of heart, thoracic, and vascular surgery. Procedures performed at UNMH include CABG and off-pump CABG, valvular and minimally-invasive valvular surgery, aortic surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass and DHCA, as well as thoracic, esophageal and major vascular surgery. The division is equipped with the newest monitoring and anesthesia systems to provide optimal intraoperative care for these complex surgeries. The initial postoperative care is performed in a specialized cardiothoracic-ICU under the leadership of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Read more.

Obstetric Anesthesia

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia provides anesthesia services for the patients on labor and delivery at the University of New Mexico. The division is comprised of anesthesiologists with specialized training and experience in obstetric anesthesia. We provide pain relief options for patients admitted for vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, or other obstetric procedures. We also coordinate care and evaluation for pregnant patients with high risk pregnancies or multiple medical conditions that may affect delivery. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable birthing experience for women at UNM.

Pain Medicine Division

The Pain Medicine Division of the Department of Anesthesiology offers Interventional Pain Medicine services New Mexicans from all walks of life. We strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive services to reduce pain, promote coping strategies, and improve function and the quality of life. Read more.

Pediatric Anesthesia

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia provides perioperative and procedure-related anesthesia services for the children of the state of New Mexico, the Native American Nations, and the greater Southwest region. The Division is comprised of seven pediatric anesthesiologists with specialized training, and two pediatric anesthesia Fellows. Anesthesia support for a broad variety of procedures is provided, including major pediatric abdominal, thoracic, orthopedic, ophthalmology, dental, ENT, neurosurgical and urologic surgeries. A pediatric cardiac surgery program has recently been developed with great success. In addition, an active pediatric regional anesthesia program has been successfully implemented. Division members also provide oversight of the Children’s Hospital pediatric sedation service. Overall, approximately 4,500 pediatric anesthetics are conducted each year. Read more.

Regional Anesthesia

Nationally, the subspecialty of regional anesthesiology and acute pain management has been a rapidly growing and evolving field. At the University of New Mexico Department of Anesthesiology we are setting the pace and standards in regional anesthesia and perioperative pain medicine. We have offered a fellowship in regional anesthesiology since 2010. We value medical student and resident education by offering more than five different rotations. The Division of Regional Anesthesiology and Perioperative Pain Medicine promotes enhanced patient care through superb perioperative pain management.