UNMH 5th Floor, Clinic B
Phone: (505) 272-3840
Fax: (505) 272-4367

Clinical services:

• UNM Health Rheumatology Patient Care
• UNM Medical Group Clinics


The Division of Rheumatology has two fellowship positions that open each year.

ERAS Applications for Program 2019-2021 are currently being accepted beginning July 1, 2018.

Division of Rheumatology
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4761
Fax: (505) 272-3624

Rheumatology Division Explores Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

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N. Suzanne Emil, MD

Interim Division Chief of Rheumatology

Contact: (505) 272-4761

Department of Internal Medicine
MSC 10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

The Division of Rheumatology at UNM is under the leadership of Dr. Arthur D. Bankhurst, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and is committed to providing outstanding care of patients with the full range of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, promoting programs of excellence in basic and clinical research, and offering state-of-the-art training to medical students, house officers, fellows, and other health professionals. In the pursuit of these goals, the Division has refined its systems for the delivery of clinical care while investing resources to enhance its teaching and research programs.

The Division of Rheumatology was established in 1969; Dr. Bankhurst has been the Chief since 1979. Dr. Sibbitt joined the division in 1981, after completing his fellowship. Dr. Bankhurst and Dr. Sibbitt have published over 350 manuscripts over the course of their tenure at the University.

Dr. Bankhurst and Dr. Sibbitt have consistently been on the cutting edge of new therapies over the course of their careers, including providing clinical trials for the major biologics which helped revolutionize Rheumatology in the late 1990s.

Dr. Bankhurst and Dr. Sibbitt Win Stellar Consultant Awards

The Primary Care Medical Directors Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Arthur Bankhurst and Dr. Wilmer Sibbitt from the Rheumatology Division have been presented the Stellar Consultant Award by UNM/HSC providers as outstanding consultants who have exceeded expectations in assisting primary care providers with the care of their patients. Winners were nominated by primary care providers, who remarked that for many years Drs. Bankhurst and Sibbitt have made themselves easily accessible, when their assistance was needed with complex Rheumatologic problems. Through telephone consults, Project ECHO training, and co-management of patients, these doctors have helped improve the lives of our patients. Congratulations to both.