Welcome to Our Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship

Director's Message

Nathan Morrell, MDThank you for taking an interest in the University of New Mexico Hand Fellowship Program. We are very proud of the history of hand surgery at the University of New Mexico and continue to build on its legacy.  UNM’s division of hand surgery was founded in 1970 by Dr. George Omer, becoming the nation’s first academic division of hand surgery.  Dr. Omer was one of the nation’s most renowned orthopaedic surgeons, was President of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, and was Chair of the UNM Orthopaedic Department.  In 1976, he was joined by Dr. Moheb Moneim, who continued to build the hand surgery division and also later served as department chairman.  Including the early apprentices under Drs. Omer and Moneim, the Hand Division has trained nearly 100 fellows to date!  Since 1991, we have been ACGME-accredited for two fellows.  The Hand Fellowship is a 1-year fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, running from August 1st through July 31st.  Completion of an approved orthopaedic, plastic, or general surgery residency program is required for admission.  Our previous fellows have come from diverse backgrounds and valuing the cultural diversity of New Mexico, we hope to continue to be an institutional model of diversity and inclusivity, embracing all individuals regardless of their race, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or military status. 

The UNM Division of Hand Surgery is currently comprised of 3 full-time, sub-specialty-certified hand and upper extremity surgeons.  Dr. Moneim, chairman emeritus, is still actively involved in the fellowship educational experience.  In addition, the faculty are supported by 2 full-time, and 1 part-time, physician assistants in the hand division.  As the only academic hand surgery division in the state, we see a large number of patients and a diverse array of pathology.  We are fortunate that we are able to provide our services at a single institution, in a single city (Albuquerque, NM).  We currently see patients at the General Orthopaedic Clinic at UNM Hospital, the Orthopaedic Faculty Clinic just off UNM campus, and Carrie Tingley Hospital (UNM’s Children’s Hospital).  We are also fortunate to provide care to largely under-served populations, such as Native Americans and first-generation Americans.

Here at UNM, we pride ourselves in providing a superior education and training in surgery of the hand and upper limb, through a balanced curriculum that encourages personal and professional growth. We attempt to provide the broadest possible exposure to diagnosis and treatment (both operative and non-operative) in patients of all ages.  We provide a well-balanced experience with a high-volume elective practice mixed with a high-complexity referral practice.  Fellows will see a wide range of pathology from trauma, congenital differences, arthritis, and malignancy.  Stemming from the times of Dr. Omer, we have also continued to have a large volume of peripheral nerve injuries, both acute and chronic.  We manage all pathologies from the elbow and distal, some shoulder pathology (mostly trauma related), and all aspects of brachial plexus surgery.  Among other things, fellows are exposed to arthroscopy of the elbow and wrist, fracture management of the humerus and distal, microsurgical reconstruction of the upper limb, and replantation.

One of the unique aspects of the UNM Hand Fellowship is our Microsurgical Research Laboratory.  The Lab was developed in the 1970s to allow personal growth in microsurgery.  The lab continues to have a dedicated technician and three operating microscopes and is available at all times during the week for practice, teaching, and research.  Furthermore, there is dedicated time for the fellows to go weekly to the Lab to perform microvascular surgery in a living model. 

We are very proud of our Program.  The cohesiveness and camaraderie among our fellows, residents, and faculty has allowed us to continue to recruit and train tremendous individuals.  The productive fellowship year establishes the foundation for a successful career in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, and mentors for life.  Graduates of our program have gone into both academic and community practice, most with full-time hand practices though others with general orthopedic or plastic surgery practices.  We are confident that we prepare our graduates for whatever they seek to undertake.  Please take time to review our website and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the training experience here at UNM. We wish you luck in your future endeavors.

 

Nathan T. Morrell, MD

Program Director

University of New Mexico Hand Fellowship Program

 

Deana Mercer, MD

Deana Mercer, MD

Associate Professor

 

Nathan Morrell, MD

Nathan Morrell, MD

Assistant Professor

& Program Director

Elizabeth Mikola, MD

Elizabeth Mikola, MD

Professor

 

Moheb Moneim, MD

Moheb Moneim, MD

Professor

& Chairman Emeritus

Michelle Merritt, PA

Michelle Merritt, PA

Advanced Practice Provider

 

Amber West, PA

Amber West, PA

Advanced Practice Provider

 

Mary "Lizzie" Gibson, MD

Undergraduate: University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Medical School: University of Texas, Houston, TX
Residency: Orlando Health, Orlando, FL
Post Fellowship: TBD

Nathan Menon, MD

Undergraduate: Boston University, Boston, MA
Medical School:University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Post Fellowship:  TBD

David Long 1971   John Hayden 1983   Gregory Duncan 1992   Alex de Carvalho 2005
Gerald Olmstead 1971   Karl Hofammann 1983   Thomas Howey 1992   Ehab Saleh 2005
Charles Phillips 1971   Robert Saide 1983   William Doherty 1993   Terrell Joseph 2006
Milos Radwick 1971   Joseph Serota 1983   Hani Fahmy 1993   Steven Taylor 2006
Boyd Bowden 1972   Valdemar Ascencio 1984   Jon Kelly 1993   Daman Adamany 2007
Daniel Boudreau 1973   Bradley Britt 1984   Kenneth Teter 1993   Bonnie Fraser 2007
James Trusell 1973   Jann Johnson 1984   Jeffrey Garst 1994   Ahmed Afifi 2008
Robert Hamas 1974   John Russin 1984   Perry Inhofe 1994   Allison Richards 2008
Michael Ravitch 1974   Erik Torkelson 1984   David Johnston 1995   Kenna Larsen 2009
David Capen 1975   John Bax 1985   Alan Koester 1995   Steven Miller 2009
Ronald Tegtmeier 1976   Edgardo Espiritu 1985   Louis Murdock 1996   Deana Mercer 2010
Robert Yoo 1977   Richard Gobeille 1985   Victoria Silas 1996   Scott Swanson 2010
Patrick Hudson 1978   Don Oschwald 1985   Gregory Voit 1996   Conrad Hamilton 2011
Howard Weinberg 1978   Osama Suliman 1985   Ronald Ford 1997   Catherine Walsh 2011
William Blair 1979   Terry Happel 1986   Dominic Gross 1997   Matthew Green 2012
Thomas Eiser 1979   Jing Hsien 1986   Glenn Johnson 1998   Gavin O'Mahony 2012
William Niedermeier 1979   Gary Miller 1986   InSok Yi 1998   James Clark 2013
Larry Patton 1979   Ralph Pennino 1986   Paul Luce 1999   Aaron Hoblet 2013
Elmer Yu 1979   Jeffrey Aldridge 1987   Swati Shirali 1999   Cory Carlston 2014
John Bolger 1980   Douglas Gordon 1987   Scott Langford 2000   Matthew Martin 2014
Randy Bussey 1980   Scott Schemmel 1987   Abdul Mustapha 2000   Andrea Lese 2015
Anthony Dalton 1980   Edwin Castaneda 1988   Elizabeth Mikola 2001   Norfleet Thompson 2015
Robert Morrow 1980   Bruce Freedman 1988   Steven Young 2001  
Ram Prabhakar 1980   David Gerstiner 1988   Tariq Hussain 2002  
Joseph Mann 1981   Richard Sleeper 1988   Thomas Lehman 2002  
Thomas Narsete 1981   Mark Buchman 1989   Jeffrey Pokorny 2002  
William Irey 1982   Charles Pribyl 1989   Davis Hurley 2003  
Duret Smith 1982   Charles Leinberry 1990   Shankar Lakshman 2004  
Eric Freeh 1983   Hector Rosquete 1990   Anastasos Mourikas 2004  

Application Process

Application deadline is January 1. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. To apply, please complete the American Society of Surgery for the Hand's online application. Please be sure to include the following documentation.

1. Three letters of recommendation
2. Your Curriculum Vitae
3. Official school transcript
4. Recent photo of yourself
5. Copy of Visa (if applicable)

We will review your application and call, email, or write to you regarding a potential interview. For information on benefits, salary, contracts, policies/procedures, and training requirements visit the UNM School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education website.

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Fellowship Coordinator

Darren Krehoff

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5600

Albuquerque, NM 87131