Dr. Achrekar received his BA from UC Berkeley (1995), a MPH from Yale University (1998), and MD from Michigan State University (2002). He received all his postgraduate training at the University of New Mexico, including Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine.

Personal Statement

Dr. Achrekar is Vice Chair of Medicine at University of New Mexico. He is former Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Health. In this role he served as the State Health official. He was instrumental in setting up asylum healthcare clinics in southern New Mexico, developed the first in country Border Health elective with partnership with UNM and NMSU, and a key architect to the recently passed comprehensive tobacco reform bills.
He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of New Mexico. His practice focuses primarily on prevention and outpatient services. He also sits on advisory boards for telehealth, novel therapeutics, and medical technology companies.

Areas of Specialty

Advanced Echocardiography
Strategical Planning and Leadership


Licensure: New Mexico 2005 Certification: ABIM-Internal Medicine 2005 ABIM-Cardiovascular Disease 2019 NBE-Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography 2013 CBNC-Nuclear Cardiology 2015

Achievements & Awards


Alpha Omega Alpha Society
Elected February 2005

Joseph E. Johnson Fund- American College of Physicians
Received one of three national awards to attend leadership meetings with members of the US Congress in Washington DC, May 2005

APOLLO (Advances in Prevention through Optimal Lipid Lowering)
Chosen as University of New Mexico resident representative at Future Leaders in Dyslipidemia National Conference, May 2005

Winner of Oral Presentation Society of General Internal Medicine
Regional Mountain Meeting, Jan. 2003

Winner of Oral Presentation American College of Physicians
New Mexico State-wide meeting, Nov. 15, 2002

National Institutes of Health, Critical Care Medicine 2001
Medical Trainee Selected to complete this highly competitive elective for fourth year medical students to provide medical, cardiac, and surgical intensive care unit services for critically ill adult and pediatric patients enrolled in intramural NIH research protocols.

Institutional Review Board- Borgess Research Institute, 2001
Appointed as the first voting student member

Robert Young Medical Scholarship, 2001
Awarded for excelling in academics and volunteer services.

Arthur L. Foley Endowed Medical Research Scholarship, 2000
Awarded for excelling in research and pursuing academic medicine.

Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, 5/98
Biomedical/Public Health Analyst
Offered position to provide expertise and research analysis of biomedical issues directly to members of Congress.




  • English
  • Marathi

Courses Taught


Achrekar, A, Diastolic Echocardiography, New Mexico Ultra Sound Society, 2/22/2020

Achrekar, A, Advanced Lipidology, Society of Hospital Medicine 9/13/2019

Achrekar, A, Heart Health in our Community, Oasis, 11/14/2018

Achrekar A, Testify on behalf of AHA, State of New Mexico Tobacco Legislative Committee, 8/13/2018

Achrekar A, Current Management Afib, Lincoln County Hospital Grand Rounds, 8/7/2018

Achrekar A, Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia, Project ECHO, 8/23/2017

Achrekar A, 2015 Echo Chamber Quantifications, New Mexico Ultrasound Society, 11/22/2015

Achrekar A, Diastolic Heart Disease, New Mexico Ultrasound Society, 9/12/2015

Achrekar A, Diastolic Heart Disease, Central New Mexico University, 5/30/2015

Achrekar A, Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease, Project ECHO, 4/8/2015

Achrekar A, Preoperative Risk Evaluation: A Simple Stepwise Approach, 35th Annual Advances in Primary Care, 4/25/2014

Achrekar A, Early Detection and Prevention of Heart Disease, The Heart of Lipid Disorders, 10/13/2012

Achrekar A, Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Project ECHO, 1/11/2012

Achrekar A, Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease - Should my patient be on Aspirin?, Project ECHO, 4/20/2011

Research and Scholarship


Phillip J Camp, Abinash Achrekar, Umar I Malik, Lee Brown, Mark J Ricciardi and Ihab Alomari. Prevalence and Impact of Patent Foramen Ovale in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Online Journal of Cardiovascular Research Vol3- Issue 4. March 2020.

Chris J Rowan, Sandeep C Sangodkar, Abinash P Achrekar, Kirsten Tolstrup, Brett Beheim, Jonathan Stieglitz, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Ben Trumble, Michael Gurven, Univ of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA; Hillard Kaplan, Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Dysfunction is an Uncommon Finding in a Pre-Modern Society with High Inflammation and Low Atherosclerotic Risk Factors. American Heart Association Abstract 2015.

Parsa Shahinpoor, MD, Abinash Achrekar, MD, MPH. MYOPERICARDITIS: A CLINICAL REVIEW. ACP Hospitalist- Expert Analysis. September 2015.

E Fayerberg MD, S Weiss MD, D Sarangarm MD, S Femling, A Achrekar MD, P Seidenberg MD. The Impact of Heart Score on the Chest Pain Observation Unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, 2015.

Maestas, T., BA, E. Snyder, MD, C. Ponce Orellana, MD, A. Achrekar, MD. Methemoglobinemia after topical benzocaine during transesophageal echocardiogram. NM American College of Physicians, case report, 2015.

Achrekar A, Abrams J, The Cardiovascular History and Physical, Cardiology Review, McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Achrekar A, Laskey W, Lifestyle Modifications, CoQ10, and Conventional Treatment, Alternative and Complementary Therapies. August 2009, 15(4): 203-205.

Achrekar A, The Good Doctor, IQ Magazine, monthly column.

Achrekar A, Diabetic Muscle Infarction
Society of General Internal Medicine, Case Study, Jan 2003.

Achrekar A, Calf Pain in a Diabetic with End Stage Renal Disease American College of Physicians, Clinical Vignette, Nov. 15, 2002.

Achrekar A., Gupta R., Informed Consent of a Clinical Trial in Thailand, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 339, No. 18, 1998.

Achrekar A., Mishler B., An Ethnopharmacological Study of Possible Anticancer and Antimicrobial Plants on Mo'orea, French Polynesia, Berkeley Scientific, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 1996.