Division of Pain Medicine

The UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center (PCTC) in Albuquerque is the only interdisciplinary pain clinic of its kind in New Mexico—offering the widest range of pain treatment available in the Southwest.

Our clinicians, residents and fellows treat patients from all walks of life with acute and chronic pain conditions. We train the next generation of pain medicine clinicians to promote coping strategies that help improve patients' function and quality of life.

Here, you can expand your knowledge of a variety of diseases and syndromes and use up to date technology and techniques. The PCTC has two fluoroscopy suites with C-arms, ultrasound, radiofrequency ablation and monitoring equipment that meets the standards of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), American Board of Pain Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Faculty members encourage active involvement of patients in their treatment and tailor therapies to individual needs. Therapies may include a combination of various pain medications, adjunctive medications, interventional therapies, psychological support and physical therapy in addition to interventional treatment modality

Pain Medicine Fellowship

12-month Pain Medicine Fellowship is available through the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

As a UNM Pain Medicine fellow, you’ll treat a variety of complex medical conditions and manage the care of long term and new patients under faculty supervision. The 12-month fellowship also offers:

  • Advanced interventional procedures
  • External rotations in neurology, palliative care, acute pain service, and Physical Medicine and Rehab (PMR)
  • Inpatient chronic pain service with admitting privileges at UNM Hospital
  • Operating room experience
  • Participation in department sponsored basic science research
  • Patient access to continuous mental health services within PCTC
  • Preparation for board certification 
  • Scholarly projects in pain medicine
  • Training in all aspects of pain medicine, including interventional, medical and multimodal approaches
  • Transition to independent practice 
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain
  • Back pain with/without radicular pain
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (I and II)
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Herniated Intervertebral discs 
  • Migraines
  • Myofascial pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Celiac plexus block
  • Cervical selective nerve root block (diagnostic only)
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) simulation (trial and implant)
  • Epidural blood patch
  • Ganglion impar block
  • Hip injection
  • Intercostal nerve blocks
  • Intrathecal therapy for cancer related pain (trial and pump implant)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar and cervical discogram (diagnostic only)
  • Lumbar and cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Lumbar and cervical facet blocks
  • Lumbar and cervical medial branch nerve radiofrequency ablation
  • Lumbar selective nerve root block
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (trial and implant)
  • Sacroiliac joint injection
  • Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation (trial and implant)
  • Stellate ganglion block
  • Superior hypogastric block
  • Trigger point injections

Residents and fellows in the pain medicine program will be part of a pain management team that may include:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Clinician pharmacists
  • Family practitioners
  • Internists
  • Neurologists
  • Nurses with specialized training in caring for pain patients
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists and counselors
  • Surgeons 
Anesthesiologist working with equipment.

Continue Your Education

Become a pain medicine doctor at UNM.