Internal Medicine

MSC10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 272-4661
Fax: (505) 272-4601

UNM Preventive Medicine Residency Faculty

Core Faculty

Denece Kesler, MD, MPH
Director of Residency Program

Preceptor for rotations in: Preventive Medicine Foundations, Population Health Promotion, and Addiction Medicine​

Areas of interest: Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), core competency areas of clinical OEM, hazard recognition and control, worker wellness and health promotion, work fitness, and medical surveillance. Additional areas include miners' health, public policy, public health and OEM regulations and compliance, and quality improvement.

Olivia Hopkins, MD, MSCR
Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Residency Program

Preceptor for rotations in: Emerging Health Equity, Community Wellness, Health and Disease in New Mexico, Health Management and Leadership

Areas of interest: Community health, health disparities and equity, resident education

Akshay Sood, MD, MPH

Preceptor for rotation in: Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease

Areas of interest: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, miners’ disease

Kevin Vlahovich, MD, MSCR
Assistant Professor
Medical Director, UNM Employee Occupational Health Services

Preceptor for rotations in: Center for Occupational Environmental Health Promotion

Areas of interest: Preventive medicine, public health, occupational & environmental medicine, worker safety, commercial driver certification (Department of Transportation), addiction, return-to-work & vocational rehabilitation, chronic pain & disability management

Melissa Schiff, MD, MPH

Preceptor for rotation in: UNM Prevention Research Center

Areas of interest: Maternal and child health, opioid use during pregnancy, perinatal epidemiology, injury epidemiology, unintentional injury, transgender health, use of large data sets

Affiliate Faculty

Christopher Novak, MD, MPH
New Mexico Department of Health

Preceptor for rotation in: Public Health at the New Mexico Department of Health

Areas of interest: Primary prevention through public health activities such as family planning and sexually transmitted infections; strategic planning, infrastructure development

Don Fisher, MD
Private Practice Medical Toxicologist

Preceptor for rotation in: Toxicology and Occupational Medicine

Areas of interest: Medical and Forensic Toxicology, expert witness testimony, corporate wellness programs, environmental medicine

Surya Pierce, MD
Assistant Professor
Medical Director at the Center for Life at the University of New Mexico

Preceptor for rotation in: Integrative Medicine

Areas of Interest: Integrative medicine that combines conventional and complementary medicine practices

Mary Ramos, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Medical Director for UNM School Based Health Centers

Preceptor for rotation in: School-Based Health Centers in Albuquerque

Areas of interest: Substance abuse care at school-based health centers; improving school supports and safety for sexual minority students

Vanessa Jacobsohn, MD
Assistant Professor
Primary Care Director at the Addiction and Substance Abuse Program

Preceptor for rotation in: Addiction Medicine

Areas of interest: Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) in Integrated Addiction and Psychiatry Clinic, substance abuse and prevention, primary care and education