Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH graduated in 1990 from Yale University School of Medicine. She received her Masters of Science in Public Health (1987) from UCLA School of Public Health. After completing her neurology residency and Neuro-rehabilitation fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Katzman began her career at the University of New Mexico in 1997. In 2011, she opened the UNM Pain Center and dedicates her clinical work to patients suffering with chronic pain.


Pain Management

Achievements & Awards

Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH, is a neurologist and Professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is the Director of the UNM Pain Center and Medical Director of the Project ECHO Chronic Pain, Substance Use and Public Health programs. Dr. Katzman’s clinical specialties include headaches, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and neurorehabilitation. In 2008, Dr. Katzman created ECHO Pain, which has been replicated by the Department of Defense, the Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and over 100 medical centers and in many countries. Currently, she is working with the CDC to train Public Health Service clinicians re: a National Opioid Rapid Response. Dr. Katzman is a member of the New Mexico Governor’s Council for Pain and Opioid Misuse. She is also a special governmental employee for the FDA on the Analgesics and Anesthetics Committee. Dr. Katzman has provided expert testimony to the FDA related to take-home naloxone and mandated pain & addiction education for clinicians. Dr. Katzman has served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees related to the Gulf War and Health.




  • English
  • Spanish


  • Dr. Katzman engages in clinically relevant public health research such as chronic pain, naloxone, opioid use disorder, resiliency, and climate change.

Courses Taught

Project ECHO Pain and Substance Use, Project ECHO First Responder Resiliency
Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness (UNM School of Population Health and UNM College of Nursing)
First Responder Resiliency ECHO