Christopher Arndt, MD, Named Interim Chair of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
Christopher D. Arndt, MD, will assume the position of interim chair for The University of New Mexico Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, effective September 7, 2020. Arndt takes over leadership of the department from Hugh B. Martin, MD, who recently announced he will be stepping down.
“Dr. Arndt received tremendous support from department faculty and institutional leadership for the role of interim chair,” said Martha Cole McGrew, interim dean of the UNM School of Medicine.
“I have worked with him for many years since his days as one of our medical students through his development as a faculty member and leader, both in the department and in the institution. He cares deeply about our mission and vision and has earned the respect of the people in the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, the School of Medicine and UNM Health entities.”
The department’s current associate chair, Arndt was the founding director of UNM’s Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia fellowship. He has served in many leadership roles in the School of Medicine and UNM Health Sciences, vice chair for Quality and Compliance, medical director of the UNM Outpatient Surgery Center and Acute Pain Service director.
Arndt is a double alumnus of UNM who completed both his MD (’02) and residency (’06) at the School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, he served as a U.S. Navy officer.
Martin, who will be stepping away from his role as chair to pursue scholarly, educational and clinical activities as a senior faculty member in the department, hailed Arndt’s appointment.
"Dr. Arndt will be an outstanding interim chair, as he possesses a diverse excellent administrative and clinical skill set,” Martin said. “He is well-respected in the department, the School of Medicine and the Hospital, and has the full backing of the department. I am proud to have witnessed and supported his steady progression from medical student to resident to junior faculty to senior faculty and now to interim chair.”
Arndt said he was humbled by the opportunity to lead in his new role.
“It’s a great honor to serve the department and UNM Health Sciences community as interim chair,” he said. “Building upon Dr. Martin’s remarkable legacy, the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine looks forward to shaping its vision for the next decade. By providing the highest level of clinical care, innovative educational programs, an inclusive community and an atmosphere of discovery, we hope to advance the health and health education of New Mexicans.”