The University of New Mexico’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation will grow its faculty numbers to 28 within the next few months – more than nine times the number of orthopaedic surgeons since the department’s inception in 1970. Included among incoming faculty are two UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and two UNM Fellowship-trained orthopaedists.

Joining the department’s roster of new faculty this fall is Dr. Dustin T. Briggs. The former UNM Orthopaedic Surgery resident recently completed a Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellowship in July at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. Briggs is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He returns to the Albuquerque area with his significant other, Callie.

Dr. Cory V. Carlston joins UNM’s Division of Hand and Microvascular Surgery in September. He is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed a UNM Hand Fellowship in July. Carlston previously completed an orthopaedic residency at LA County+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently resides in Albuquerque with his wife, Haylee, and their four children.

Also starting in September, Dr. Jessica C. McMichael will divide her time between UNM’s Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and Division of Pediatrics. She formerly served as an orthopaedic surgeon at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and recently completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at UC Davis/Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. She resides in Albuquerque with her husband, Pete, and their daughter.

Dr. Urvij Modhia joins UNM’s Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Rio Rancho this fall. The former UNM Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellow is a graduate of Gujarat University in India. He recently completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Modhia and his wife, Payal, have a son and daughter.

In addition, Dr. Charlotte E. Orr is joining the department’s faculty at Sandoval Regional Medical Center this month. She earned her MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington. Orr graduated from the UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program earlier this summer and currently resides in Albuquerque with her husband, Jarrod, and their two children.

Sixteen of the UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation’s 28 faculty members are former graduates of either a UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency or Fellowship program – a “true testament to the rewarding and supportive work environment we foster here,” says Department Chair and Professor Dr. Robert Schenck. He expresses gratitude “to all residents, fellows, and faculty in the department who help us recruit such excellent new faculty.”