Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty

The UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation has been leading the way in quality orthopaedic care for New Mexico for over 40 years. We are committed to achieving excellence in health care provider education and musculoskeletal research as we provide patients with the most advanced general and subspecialty orthopaedic care available.

We are the only Level-1 Trauma Center in New Mexico and train future medical professionals in cutting-edge practices. Our mission is to improve education and awareness of orthopaedic conditions and injury prevention.

We also have a high-quality research program to advance our field. Research activities in the department are geared toward instilling a passion in our trainees for advancing the field. The faculty is also engaged in projects with colleagues in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering departments to advance the orthopaedic technology.

Our faculty currently consists of more than 30 orthopaedic surgeons and  physical therapists combined. We have 25 residents and 5 fellows specializing in hand, sports, and trauma.

Meet Our Faculty

Katherine Gavin, MDKatherine Gavin, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Foot & Ankle
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Foot & Ankle - Rush University

 

Richard Miller, MDRichard A. Miller, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Foot and Ankle Surgery
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Roger A. Mann, Foot and Ankle Fellowship, Oakland, CA

Eric Benson, MDEric Benson, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialties: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Hand and Upper Limb Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Deana Mercer, MDDeana Mercer, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Hand Microvascular Surgery
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Shoulder and Elbow; University of Washington
Fellowship: Hand; University of New Mexico

 

Elizabeth Mikola, MDElizabeth A. Mikola, MD

Title: Professor
Chief, Hand and Microvascular Surgery Division
Specialty: Hand and Microvascular Surgeon
Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Residency: University of Texas- Houston
Fellowship: University of New Mexico

 

Moheb Moneim, MDMoheb S. Moneim, MD

Title: Professor & Chair Emeritus
Specialty: Reconstructive Hand Surgery & peripheral nerve problems.
Residency: Duke University of North Carolina
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery affiliated with Cornell Medical School in New York

 

Nathan Morrell, MDNathan Morrell, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Hand, Upper Extremity, & Microvascular Surgery
Medical School: Stanford University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Hand, Upper Extremity, & Microvascular Surgery - Brown University

David Chafey, MDDavid H. Chafey, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Musculoskeletal Oncology, and Orthopaedic Trauma
Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine
Residency: Orthopaedics; Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship: Trauma; Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Oncology; University of Texas MD Anderson

 

Deana Mercer, MDDeana Mercer, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Hand Microvascular Surgery
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Shoulder and Elbow; University of Washington
Fellowship: Hand; University of New Mexico

 

Selina Silva, MDSelina Silva, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Pediatric Spine
Medical School: University of Colorado
Residency: University of New Mexico (UNM)
Fellowship:Pediatric Orthopaedic; University of Michigan

 

Gehron Treme, MDGehron Treme, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: University of Virginia

 

Andrew Veitch, MDAndrew J. Veitch, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Head Team Physician: UNM Lobos
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of California at Los Angeles

BenallyAttlee Benally, DPM

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Podiatry
Medical School: California College of Podiatric Medicine
Post Medical School: Jerry Pettis Memorial VA Hospital
Post Medical School: Saint Joseph's Hospital

 

Eric Lew, MDEric J. Lew, DPM

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Podiatry
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic - Kaiser Permanente
Fellowship: University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)

Eric Benson, MDEric Benson, MD

Division Chief
Title: Associate Professor
Specialties: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Hand and Upper Limb Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Deana Mercer, MDDeana Mercer, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Hand Microvascular Surgery
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Shoulder and Elbow; University of Washington
Fellowship: Hand; University of New Mexico

 

Elizabeth Mikola, MDElizabeth A. Mikola, MD

Title: Professor
Chief, Hand and Microvascular Surgery Division
Specialty: Hand and Microvascular Surgeon
Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Residency: University of Texas- Houston
Fellowship: University of New Mexico

 

Nathan Morrell, MDNathan Morrell, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Hand, Upper Extremity, & Microvascular Surgery
Medical School: Stanford University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Hand, Upper Extremity, & Microvascular Surgery - Brown University

 

Dustin Richter, MDDustin L. Richter, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Sports Medicine Fellowship Director
Director of Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Research
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Sports Medicine - University of Virginia

 

Robert Schenck, MDRobert C. Schenck Jr., MD

Title: Professor & Chair
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
Fellowship: The St. Alphonsus Coughlin Clinic, Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence

 

Gehron Treme, MDGehron Treme, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: University of Virginia

 

Andrew Veitch, MDAndrew J. Veitch, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Head Team Physician: UNM Lobos
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of California at Los Angeles

 

Daniel Wascher, MDDaniel C. Wascher, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: St. Louis University
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: UCLA

Urvij Modhia, MDUrvij Modhia, MBBS, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma & Spine
Medical School: BJ Medical College
Residency: V.S. General Hospital, SMT NHL Municipal Medical College - Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad, India
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, University of California San Francisco
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Johns Hopkins

 

Andrew Paterson, MDAndrew J. Paterson, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Adult Spine Surgery
Medical School: University of Louisville
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center in Golden, Colorado

Eric Benson, MDEric Benson, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialties: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Hand and Upper Limb Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Rebecca Dutton, MDRebecca Dutton, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialties: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine
Medical School: University of California - San Francisco
Internship Internal Medicine; Kaiser Permanente
Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Stanford University
Fellowship: Sports Medicine; Stanford University

 

Dustin Richter, MDDustin L. Richter, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Sports Medicine Fellowship Director
Director of Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Research
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Sports Medicine - University of Virginia

 

Robert Schenck, MDRobert C. Schenck Jr., MD

Title: Professor & Chair
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Residency: Johns Hopkins University
Fellowship: Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
Fellowship: The St. Alphonsus Coughlin Clinic, Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence

 

Gehron Treme, MDGehron Treme, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Medical School: Louisiana State University
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: University of Virginia

 

Andrew Veitch, MDAndrew J. Veitch, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Head Team Physician: UNM Lobos
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Residency: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of California at Los Angeles

 

Daniel Wascher, MDDaniel C. Wascher, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: St. Louis University
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: UCLA

Michael Decker, MDMichael Decker, MD, MSc

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Adult Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery
Medical School: University of Illinois
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction - University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Samer Kakish, MDSamer Kakish, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Adult Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma 
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology
Orthopaedic Training: FRCS (Tr and Orth); Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Higher Education: Masters in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Warwick, England
Fellowship: Lower Extremity Reconstruction; University at Buffalo, NY
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma; University of New Mexico, NM

 

Rick Gehlert, MDRick J. Gehlert, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma and the Division of Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Medical School: University of Maryland
Residency: Ohio State University
Fellowship - Trauma: University of Pittsburgh

 

James Ninomiya, MD

More information to come.

 

Daniel Wascher, MDDaniel C. Wascher, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Medical School: St. Louis University
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: UCLA

David Chafey, MDDavid H. Chafey, MD

Title: Associate Professor
Specialty: Musculoskeletal Oncology, and Orthopaedic Trauma
Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine
Residency: Orthopaedics; Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship: Trauma; Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Oncology; University of Texas MD Anderson

 

Thomas DeCoster,  MDThomas A. DeCoster, MD

Title: Chief, Division of Trauma
Specialty: Trauma and Sports Medicine
Medical School: University of Missouri Columbia
Residency: University of Vermont
Fellowship: University of Iowa (Trauma & Sports Medicine), AO (Austria and Germany 1986), Pelvic fractures (Letournel France 1990)
Sabbatical: Oxford University, England (1997)

 

Rick Gehlert, MDRick J. Gehlert, MD

Title: Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma and the Division of Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Medical School: University of Maryland
Residency: Ohio State University
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh

 

Samer Kakish, MDSamer Kakish, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Adult Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma 
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology
Orthopaedic Training: FRCS (Tr and Orth); Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
Higher Education: Masters in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Warwick, England
Fellowship: Lower Extremity Reconstruction; University at Buffalo, NY
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma; University of New Mexico, NM

 

Samuel McArthur, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma
Medical School: Uniformed Services University Health Sciences - Bethesda , MD 
Residency: Rush University - Chicago , IL 
Fellowship: Penn State University Hershey Medical Center - Hershey , PA 

 

Urvij Modhia, MDUrvij Modhia, MBBS, MD

Title: Assistant Professor
Specialty: Orthopaedic Trauma & Spine
Medical School: BJ Medical College
Residency: V.S. General Hospital, SMT NHL Municipal Medical College - Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad, India
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, University of California San Francisco
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Johns Hopkins