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Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine delivers advanced care to adult and pediatric patients, boldly pursues groundbreaking research initiatives, and trains New Mexico’s and the world’s future surgical leaders. Learn more about UNM Health Systems >

Welcome from the Chair

Dr. James Chodosh

Welcome to the land of enchantment! The UNM Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is a dynamic and diverse group of eye-care providers, educators, scientists, and staff, all dedicated to serving others. We began as a formal division within the UNM Department of Surgery in the 1990’s, and became a full Department in 2020. We now have 15 full-time faculty members, and are continuing to grow.

Our mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in those with eye disorders and blindness in all of our communities and beyond, by cultivating a diverse learning community of physicians, trainees, staff, and patients to deliver high quality and up to date care for all stages and complexities of eye disease. Our vision is to be a beacon of light and hope for New Mexicans with vision loss, through the delivery of outstanding, compassionate eye care, the training of a diverse group of ophthalmologists, educators, and vision scientists, and development of innovative research in eye disorders. Our values are devotion to and respect for the needs and rights of every member of our shared communities, honesty and transparency in our words and deeds, and equity, justice, and inclusion in everything we do.

This is an exciting time in our department, at UNM, and for all of New Mexico. Our hospital, faculty, facilities, and clinical services are all expanding. Our department is relatively young, but already offers a full range of clinical eye care. As you read through our website, please feel free to reach out for more information.

All best,



James Chodosh, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair

UNM Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Looking for Patient Care?

Adult Eye Care Clinic           Pediatric Eye Care Clinic

For an Appointment call 505-272-2553


Academic Office

Program Coordinator

Celia Baca

Phone: (505) 272-6120


Eye Cinic: (505) 272-2553