Joanna Fair, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado and MD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed residency training in Radiology at the University of New Mexico and in Nuclear Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, and she is board certified by the ABR and ABNM. Nationally, Dr. Fair is the recent past chair of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine as well as the former president of the Southwestern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She is currently the Chair of the Women in Nuclear Medicine Committee of the SNMMI, as well as a member of the AAMC Advancing Holistic Principles Advisory Committee.

Dr. Fair currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education for the University of New Mexico SOM as well as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Radiology. She additionally works within the SOM’s Learning Environment Office. She has spoken regionally and nationally about nuclear medicine imaging and therapy, feedback, and other educational topics. Dr. Fair is married with two school-aged children and is engaged with community service, including as a Girl Scout troop leader.

Areas of Specialty

Specialization #1 Diagnostic Radiology
Specialization #2 Nuclear Medicine


MD, Washington University School of Medicine, 2003
PhD, National Science Foundation Fellow University of Colorado, 1999 (Chemical Physics)
BA, Rice University, Summa cum Laude (Chemistry)


Certification #1 Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology Subspecialty Certification in Nuclear Radiology

Certification #2 Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Nuclear Medicine

Certification #3 Certified Clinical Densitometrist, International Society for Clinical Densitometry

Achievements & Awards

American Board of Nuclear Medicine, Board of Directors, 2014-2020

UNM SOM Curriculum Committee Award for Excellence in Evaluation Teamwork, 2019

Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments - General Electric (SCARD-GE) LEAD Leadership Development Program , 2019-2020

AAMC GME Leadership Development Certificate, 2018-2019

Nominee for 2018 Outstanding Diagnostics Consultant to Hospital Medicine, UNMH, 2018

AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar (selected to represent UNM SOM), 2017

Certificate of Achievement, Academy of Radiology Leadership Management, 2015

Distinguished Service Award, American Board of Radiology, 2013

Volunteer Service Award, American Board of Radiology, 2012

Radiology Chair’s MVP Award, 2011

UNM Hospital Radiology Pride in Excellence Award, 2011

RIT Award of Excellence for the Best Medical Imaging Article,
Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, 2009




  • English

Courses Taught

Medical Student Phase I Anatomy, Radiology Director and Lecturer

PA Student Radiology Education Director and Lecturer

Specialty Exploration Experience (Continuity Clinic III) Radiology Director

Research and Scholarship

Marks AJ, Mugweru J, Naney T, Lorenzo G, Fair JR, “Perforation of a heroin drug packet with resultant fatal overdose,” ACR Case in Point, 2020, selected as the May Case of the Month

Segall GM, Pryma DA, Fair JR, “A Bright Future for Nuclear Medicine,” J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Apr;16(4 Pt A):531-532. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.08.029. Epub 2018 Nov 6. PubMed PMID: 30409562.

Segall GM, Grady EE, Fair JR, Ghesani MV, Gordon L, “Nuclear Medicine Training in the United States,” J Nucl Med 2017 Nov; 58(11): 1733-1734.

Qaseem Y, Fair J, Behnia F, Elojeimy S, “Metachronous Presentation of Small Cell Rectal Carcinoma on an 18F-FDG PET/CT Follow-up for Follicular Lymphoma,” Radiol Case Rep 2017 Sep; 12(3): 632-634.

Bermo M, Behnia F, Fair J, Miyaoka R, Elojeimy S, “Review of Extra-Skeletal Activity on Tc-99m MDP Bone Scintigraphy and Value of Cross-sectional and SPECT-CT Imaging Correlation,” Curr Probl Diagn Radiol 2018 Sept; 47(5); 324-332.