Dr. Montano received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2006, received M.D. from the University of New Mexico in 2010, and most recently completed Master of Medical Education in 2019 from University of Cincinnati. Dr. Montano completed her Pediatric Residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Personal Statement

As a former student of UNM, for both undergraduate and medical education, it is exciting to be a part of the evolution of medical education in this institution. Since joining faculty on the Clinical Educator track, I have been able to innovate curriculum affecting multiple levels of learners, while also providing excellent care to the pediatric patients of UNM. I have been able to further my own skills and education while obtaining a Master of Medical Education. I am honored to be involved with the education of medical students, residents, and faculty in my various roles.

My scholarly work primarily encompassed medical education, having been involved with research investigating the Pediatric Resident didactics, and currently collaborating with other institutions on investigating medical student predictors of success in Pediatric Residency, and evaluating a new curriculum for Pediatric Residents about early literacy in the setting of the Reach Out and Read program.

I serve in the area of General Pediatrics, seeing children in the outpatient setting for both acute and well visits, staffing residents in their Continuity Clinic, and taking care of newborns in the Mother Baby Unit. It is exciting to be able to interact with families in a variety of settings, and be a part of their lives as their children grow.

Areas of Specialty

General Pediatrics
Medical Education


American Board of Pediatrics Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Achievements & Awards

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award (2016, 2017, 2019)
Albuquerque the Magazine Top Doc Nominee (2017, 2018, 2020)
Henry W. Baird Award (2013, St.Christopher’s Hospital for Children)


  • English

Courses Taught

Faculty Development Workshop: Toolbox for Effective Clinical Teaching

Phase III SOM Course Co-Director: Creating Medical Educators for the Future

Pediatric Residency Ambulatory/Community Pediatric Track Director - Director of Acting Attending Rotation for 3rd Year Pediatric Residents on this track

Research and Scholarship

Montaño K, Craig R, Lopez L, Green A, et. al. Longitudinal Evaluation of Pediatric Residency Didactics Transition from Noon Conference to an Academic Half Day.

Gonzales, V, Dallaghan G, Kuzma, N, Montaño K, et al. Predictors of Success: From Medical Student to Pediatric Resident. National Multi-site collaboration. IRB approved Nov 2020, data collection currently in process.

Caldwell, A, Dunlap M, Shearman, N, Montaño K, et al. National collaboration with members from Reach Out and Read National Organization, University of Oklahoma to study new modules to train Pediatric Residents, currently working on IRB submission

Craig R, Lopez L, Mayfield J, Montaño K, et al. Pediatric Resident Remediation Curriculum.