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UNM Department of Neurosurgery

Welcome to the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center—the state's only academic medical center. Here, you will experience a depth and breadth of clinical training you won't find anywhere else.

Constant Innovation

Neurosurgery is a highly competitive field, and UNM is your destination for unmatched clinical and research experience. At UNM, you will train on the latest in multimodal monitoring technology, giving you critical information to provide advanced care. Our neurosurgery fellowship is one of few programs in the country that includes endoscopic spine surgery.

Complex Clinical Training

UNM Hospital is the central referral hub for the most complex, severe neurological conditions in the region. There is no case we can't handle. And you will train at the center of it all, at the only neuro-intensive care unit, Level 1 Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center in New Mexico.

Each subspecialty program takes patients from initial work-up and diagnosis through their operative procedure, follow-up and adjuvant care. You'll also get experience ample research opportunities in innovative clinical and laboratory research in your chosen subspecialty. Apply to UNM School of Medicine today.

Our Mission

All these opportunities culminate in the central mission of the UNM School of Medicine: to provide expert, specialized care—and medical education—to patients and learners who reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of our great state.

Training Subspecialities

Each subspecialty program takes your patients from diagnosis through surgery, follow-up and adjuvant care.

New Mexico's Only Neuro ICU

Meet Dr. Meic H. Schmidt, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery

"There is no case or problem too small, young or complicated for our team.

On behalf of our faculty, residents and staff, I invite you to take a glimpse at our department. You will see why our program is a recognized leader among the academic neurosurgery community."

Expert Neurosurgical Patient Care

As the only academic medical center in New Mexico, we are the state's preeminent neurosurgical referral hub.

UNM clinical faculty, students and fellows care for patients with the most complex neurotraumas, strokes and other neuro-emergent cases in the state.

Explore the neurosurgical services we provide for children and adults from throughout the Southwest.

Are you a patient looking for care?


Dr. Bowers Interview

“Imagine you are a 20-year-old person, and you get COVID, you hear that COVID is not a big deal, and it isn’t for a lot of people, but there are young people that die from this. There are young people that have severe, permanent neurological deficits,” Bowers said.

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Welcoming Dr. Spader

So excited to introduce our new chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery -Dr. Heather Spader! You meet the most amazing people in Neurosurgery & they do not come better than Dr. Spader. She is brilliant & one of the nicest people you will meet. She is going to do so much good for the children of New Mexico. She was the obvious first choice when we needed a pediatric neurosurgeon to partner with our other incredible pediatric neurosurgeon @jabotros These two are going to do special work here. Huge thanks to @meicschmidt @unmhospitals @unmsom for recruiting such talent & building such a stellar neurosurgery program. I am also so blessed to work with so many of my close friends, I have known Dr. Spader since 2012, and have admired her and her work since then. Welcome Heather!

Welcoming Dr. Spader

Dr. Bowers Surgery

A left frontotemporal meningioma removal done by Dr. Christian Bowers at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Frontaltemporal Meningioma

In the News

Brain Repair

Earlier this year, Elizabeth Heaslip visited an ear, nose and throat specialist for help with a chronic earache. The doctor thought it was probably due to teeth-grinding, but ordered up a CT scan just to rule a more serious condition....

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It Takes a Brain Surgeon

When Meic Schmidt, MD, MBA, started on the job as chair of The University of New Mexico Department of Neurosurgery on Feb. 1, he hit the ground running...

It Takes a Brain Surgeon

First in New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Hospital has been recognized as the state’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a national accreditation agency for health care organizations and programs...

First in New Mexico