UNM Sleep Medicine Fellowship

One-year fellowship to subspecialize in Sleep Medicine in New Mexico


Sleep Medicine

UNM Sleep Disorders Center is a leader in improving healthcare for New Mexicans. We were the first comprehensive sleep disorders center in New Mexico (est. 1983) and remain the only academic sleep medicine facility in the state. Our facility is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

Sleep medicine experts at UNM deliver highly specialized patient care, education and research. Our department and education programs are staffed by sleep medicine experts from:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Family Medicine

There are also opportunities to observe dental and otolaryngologic facets of sleep medicine.

Sleep Medicine Fellowship

The UNMH/NMVAMC Sleep Medicine Fellowship aims to:

  1. Produce competent and well-rounded sleep specialists that are ready to function in today’s changing sleep medicine environment.
  2. Embrace diversity in a supportive learning environment.
  3. Actively pursue technologic innovations in Sleep Medicine.
  4. Explore the academic and private sector practices of Sleep Medicine and the implications of working in different practice settings.

About Our Fellowship

This is an ACGME Accredited twelve-month fellowship concentrated at two sites, with two fellows per year. The primary site is the University of New Mexico Sleep Disorders Center (an AASM Accredited Facility) with six beds and an interdisciplinary faculty and clinic.

The secondary site is the New Mexico Raymond G Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital with four beds, which also heavily employs home sleep apnea testing (~1400 home studies/year). There is a 15-minute driving time between the two sites, both which have free parking. Both facilities implement polysomnograms (PSGs) using Nihon Khodon, allowing continuity between the two sites. Multiple different home testing devices are utilized at both sites. 

Sleep fellows have Home Call, typically alternating every other week. We place a strong emphasis on utilizing technology to provide the most up-to-date care possible.  With our large geographic area of coverage, remote/telehealth is frequently utilized to treat our more rural patients. 
Our Sleep Fellowship Program also is closely associated with the Pulmonary Program, with some shared didactics and the potential for pulmonary fellows to rotate on Sleep Medicine. Having a basic understanding of pulmonary physiology is highly stressed in our program.

Our curriculum follows ACGME guidelines and is provided in didactic and clinical formats in the setting of a diverse patient population. The clinical training experiences include adult and pediatric sleep clinics, inpatient consults, outpatient consults, polysomnogram interpretation, research opportunities at both sites and involvement in community professional organizations (New Mexico Sleep Society and the American Thoracic Society). Fellows will also present research at the annual American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) national meeting.

Primary/Sponsoring Site

UNM Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center
1101 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Building 2
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Phone: 505-272-1774

Secondary Site

Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-265-1711 | 800-465-8262
Apply online or call 505-272-4751 for more information.

Program Coordinator

Araci Joy  

Faculty Members

UNM Sleep Disorder Center
Lee K Brown, MD
Lisa A Cutchen, MD
Shanna Diaz, DO, Medical Director and Program Director
Madeleine Grigg-Damberger, MD

NMVAMC Sleep Center
Melissa Begay, MD
Nicholas Cutrufello, MD, Associate Program Director
Joseph Kern, MD, Medical Director

About New Mexico

Albuquerque has an expansive landscape and is nestled in a river valley, framed by the Sandia Mountains to the east and the Rio Grande river to the west, beyond which the three sister volcanoes perch atop the west mesa. Diverse cultures, authentic art and dynamic traditions have shaped Albuquerque’s centuries-old history. There is a vibrant foodie scene and ample opportunity for outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fly fishing and snow sports in the winter. 

Sleep Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine – Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5550

Albuquerque, NM 87131