Dr. Schenck, currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has been a full-time academic physician since starting his orthopaedic career as an instructor at the University of Texas. After his medical training at Johns Hopkins (MD ’84, Orthopaedic Residency ’89), he pursued a fellowship in sports medicine with subspecialty training in foot and ankle surgery. In addition to academic and clinical work, Dr. Schenck has served as an athletic team physician for most of his career. 

Dr. Schenck loves being a clinician and, as chair, has maintained a clinical practice of sports medicine while allowing for growth of his faculty with referrals to junior colleagues and giving opportunities of leadership whenever possible. He especially enjoys caring for the complex patient, from all walks of life, who may be disenfranchised or needs a listening ear to help solve problems.

Dr. Schenck has enjoyed his 10 years as chair of UNM Orthopaedics, mentoring faculty and creating a department which has seen three-fold growth in both faculty size and revenues reliant on interpersonal skills, effective business negotiations, and understanding the culture of UNM.  The department has also excelled in professionalism of staff, residents, fellows, and faculty.  Dr. Schenck credits the support of his wife and partner, Trish, and using strategies for departmental growth and excellence as outlined by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great.

Dr. Schenck is a member of numerous Orthopaedic groups and associations but is most grateful for his 10-year service pin from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for service as an Oral Examiner and Question Writing Task Force participant for Part I of the written ABOS examination.  He has contributed 150 articles to medical publications and also enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction. 

Dr. Schenck has been selected by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine to be an accompanying “godfather” for the 2017 Latin American Society of Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (SLARD) travelling fellowship. A westerner by birth, he enjoys outdoor activities, especially skiing, fishing, hiking, and golf.

Areas of Specialty

Sports Medicine


Medical Degree:

Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University


Cincinnati Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center


The St. Alphonsus Coughlin Clinic, Foot and Ankle Center of Excellence

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