Welcome Current Residents




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Leah Nelson, MD
UNM PMR

I am so excited to be joining the Preventive Medicine Residency at UNM! This will be a great fit for my background in research, community service, and clinical practice. I have a research background in a broad range of topics - from microbes that live in Yellowstone hot springs, to infant gut microbiomes, to antibiotic stewardship and inter-hospital transfer of patients. The Masters of Science in Clinical Research will allow me to formalize my research training and pursue new and interesting topics. My community service activities also have had a wide breadth including founding a charity for scholarships in Cameroon, west Africa, and caring for the mental health needs for the uninsured in Iowa City during medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Training in Preventive Medicine with the NM Department of Health will give me skills for taking my desire to serve the community to a larger scale. Finally, New Mexico is an exciting place to practice medicine because the need is so great. As an Intern in Family Medicine at UNM I gained an appreciation of the hard work of all the primary care providers in the New Mexico. I am happy to have to opportunity to continue to work to improve the health and lives of the residents of this fabulous state.

Cody Saxton, MD
UNM PMR

I was born and raised in New Mexico, graduated from Albuquerque High, then UNM as a Bachelor of Fine Art and M.D. After 2 years in Emergency Medicine, I realized I also wanted to create strategies to keep people healthy, rather than only fighting the tragic outcomes. My goal is to empirically address barriers to true health and to grow quality of life for all.​

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Julien Succar, MD
UNM PMR

"When I was a surgical intern, I couldn't help but notice that most of the surgeries that we were performing could have been prevented. The majority of therapies were concerned with alleviating symptoms, but rarely practically and efficiently addressing the cause. When my father passed away due to heart disease brought on by diabetes and obesity, it wasn't for lack of therapies and medications, but because of a lack of a prevention program that could have saved him. What our chronically ill world needs is not more advanced therapies to treat the complex diseases and their complications, but a prevention plan that would eliminate them altogether."

Steven J. Fishburn, MD
UNM PMR

As a native New Mexican, I understand the complex issues facing the people in our state. I attended the University of New Mexico for my undergraduate course work, majoring in Biology with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Human Values.  I then went on to complete medical school in 2014 also at the University of New Mexico. I believe preventive medicine is the future of health care. In this field, I see the opportunity to truly increase the quality of life and life expectancy for many people.  I am excited to join in policy-making efforts that create and sustain good health. Together with my broad research interests I am very excited to pursue them through the Masters of Science in Clinical Research Program (MSCR).