Dr. Rael received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Colorado College in 1996, and her M.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2000. She completed her residency with San Antonio Military Pediatric Consortium in 2003, and worked as a general pediatrician for the United States Army for four years. She returned to New Mexico to complete fellowship training in Neonatology, which she completed in 2010.

Personal Statement

Dr. Rael is focused on improving outcomes and delivering evidence based, family centered care for her patients in the NICU. She is involved in the day to day tasks and protocol development as the Medical Director of the NICU/ICN4.

Areas of Specialty

Clinical Documentation Improvement

Achievements & Awards

Faculty Service Award: Excellence in Patient Centered Inpatient Care, 2020

University of New Mexico Health Systems Medical Leadership Academy, 2014

Order of the Spur - 3d Armored Cavalry Regimen, United States Army, 2006

Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service - United States Army 2006

Academic Honors, Health Professional Scholarship Program - United States Army, 1996 to 2000

Research and Scholarship

Responsive web application for trainees in the NICU that provides quick, easy access to teaching materials, procedural information and NICU specific guidelines

NICU Clinical Documentation Improvement - working with coders, faculty, fellows and mid-levels to ensure that our documentation is accurate and that we are billing appropriately