Sanjeev Arora, M.D., Executive Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine Office of Clinical Affairs within the UNM School of Medicine, was recently recognized by the New Mexico State Legislature for his work in developing Project ECHO (Extension of Community Healthcare Outcomes) and for his treatment of Hepatitis C patients.

New Mexico has the highest rate of liver disease and cirrhosis in the nation. It is estimated that less than two thousand of the more than 32,000 New Mexicans with Hepatitis C have been treated. Additionally there are approximately 2,000 New Mexico prisoners with Hepatitis C who historically have not been treated for the disease.  Without treatment about one fourth of Hepatitis C patients develop cirrhosis of the liver within ten to twenty years of infection.

In Project ECHO, Arora has developed an innovative program using telemedicine to promote case-based learning and treatment protocols to educate primary care physicians throughout the state.  The program's goal is to provide the same level of health care to rural patients as they would receive in urban settings.  Project ECHO has been so successful, it is being used as a teaching model for expanding education of rural physicians in other health-care problems and diseases.

"Dr. Arora is a man who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the patients he serves and the people of New Mexico," according to the proclamation, which was signed by Senator Nancy Rodriguez and Ben D. Altamirano, President Pro Tem of the New Mexico State Senate.  "He is known for his far-reaching vision of a healthier New Mexico and a well-educated and equipped professional workforce and he has a special talent for bringing people together to work as a team for the betterment of healthcare in the state." 

Arora is a hepatologist who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  He has been on the UNM School of Medicine faculty for 11 years.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322