Interventional Radiology Residency-Independent

The University of New Mexico Radiology Department provides robust Interventional Radiology experience to its IR trainees, with the most advanced interventional therapies in the state. The scope of Interventional Radiology (IR) services offered supports our UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center (the highest designation achievable) and Level I Trauma Center (the only one in the state).

The Interventional Radiology (IR) Indepdentent Residency is ACGME accredited and accepts one or two residents annually. The resident performs a wide range of procedures in both vascular and nonvascular interventions including biopsies, percutaneous fluid drainages, biliary interventions, angioplasty, thrombolysis, stents, TIPS and oncologic interventions (chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Interventional Radiology Residency at the University of New Mexico is to provide comprehensive training for the next generation of interventional radiologists in order to serve the diverse needs of our state's population through providing outstanding and compassionate medical care and excellence of practice.

Interventional Radiology Unique Features

The UNM Radiology Department maintains a busy Interventional Radiology service, providing care to both inpatients and outpatients at UNM Hospital. Our physician staff includes 8 subspecialty-trained interventional radiologists, a neurointerventional radiologist, and endovascularly-trained neurosurgeons who perform neurointerventional procedures, along with mid-level providers. Procedures performed at our institution encompass the spectrum of IR, including advanced cancer therapeutics. We maintain a busy on-call service at the hospital, with emergent IR on-call coverage provided 24/7 by IR faculty and nursing/technologist staff in conjunction with a DR resident or IR Resident.


In addition, our hospital system operates an IR service at our branch facility, the Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC), which is staffed daily by one of our IR faculty. On any given day, typically 3-4 procedure rooms operate simultaneously at UNMH and one at SRMC. 

Most recently, a third site of outpatient clinical endeavor has opened at the UNM Cancer Center. This was created with the intent to off-load the busy schedule at the main tertiary care hospital by performing an array of basic IR procedures such as central venous access, paracentesis/thoracentesis and basic image-guided biopsies. This is staffed daily by an IR attending and a junior trainee.