Welcome Current Residents




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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).

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Athanasios Manole, MD
UNM PMR

I am a native of Albuquerque, N.M. I received my undergraduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, graduating with honors and achieving Summa Cum Laude status. I received my medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. During my time at UNMSOM I was awarded an internship with the American College of Physicians in Washington D.C. where I worked on federal legislation with the United States Senate and Congress. I was also fortunate to complete an internship at the University of Chicago through the American Academy of Dermatology. My research interests regarding preventative medicine include teledermatology skin screenings and pioneering novel methods to deliver cost effective healthcare.

Kanwal Qidwai, MD
UNM PMR

"Prevention is better than cure”.  Yes we are now taking it “seriously”.   We need more people to focus on “Prevention” rather than “cure”. My experiences of working in both developing and developed countries directed my intentions, passion and career to Preventive medicine. Diseases that have been eradicated in first world countries are still thriving in underprivileged countries. My involvement in working on a polio eradication campaign with the World Health Organization (WHO) ignited my desire to work in Global Health in the future.  I am fortunate to match at UNM where the Preventive Medicine Residency along with a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree gives me an amazing combination of hands on experience plus training for conducting advance research. I moved with my husband and two beautiful children to the overwhelming beautiful city of New Mexico, Albuquerque where we are enjoying the pleasant weather, spicy food, rich culture and amazing people.

Almea Matanock, MD
CDC PMR

Entering medical school, I did not understand what a career in public health meant.My goals were and still are to provide essential services: access to care even for people separated by geography, culture, or class; preventive care; advocacy; and the inclusion of all aspects of patients’ environment into their health.  Along the way several experiences lead me towards public health; influenced by a brief time as a nutritionist for WIC before starting medical school, more clearly defined by working in Zambia to establish early infant diagnosis of HIV, seen through the challenges faced by pediatric patients and their families both in the US and abroad, and expanded in scope and type of work by the CDC’s EIS Fellowship.  I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the practice of public health including the operation of health policy and further experience in analytic methods, program management, and leadership during PMR.  I am grateful for this unique opportunity to work with CDC and UNM PMR and NMDOH.