Project ECHO

Project ECHO®

MSC07 4245
1001 Medical Arts Ave. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Help Desk: (505) 750-3246 (ECHO)
IT: (505) 750-4897
Fax: (505) 272-6906

Sanjeev Arora

Sanjeev Arora,
MD, Director


The mission of Project ECHO® is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common, and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas, and to monitor outcomes of this treatment.

Project ECHO® is funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has received support from the New Mexico Legislature, the University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Department of Public Health.

Chronic Pain and Headache Management teleECHO Clinic

Pain management is a significant issue in healthcare today, with upwards of 70 percent of emergency room visits constituting pain concerns. In addition, community clinicians often times have a knowledge gap as it relates to pain management. The Chronic Pain & Headache teleECHO Clinic facilitates a multifaceted approach to chronic pain by incorporating a team of specialists that support primary care clinicians in rural communities who lack the resources necessary to sufficiently understand the management of pain.

The clinic includes didactic presentations by specialists on specific topics of interest, and in-depth case-based presentations by community clinicians for feedback and recommendations. Clinicians are given access to evidence based educational resources, and are encouraged to express any suggestions or comments that they have regarding the clinic. An environment of group learning and best practice protocols is established that reduces variation in care and improves outcomes for patients experiencing chronic pain.

The Project ECHO Chronic Pain and Headache team of specialists also provide clinical patient services through the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Pain Consultation and Treatment Center. See the available services at the UNMH Pain Center.


Treating Chronic Pain and Addictions in the Southwest

UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center along with UNM Office of Continuing Medical Education is offering courses on Treating Chronic Pain and Addictions in the Southwest: Addressing Best Practices and Current Regulations. For registration information, course dates, and locations see the link below.

Curriculum Registration is now open

This registration form will record your personal contact information and demographics. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and you will only need to complete it one time. Once you have registered you are eligible for automatic CME/CEU/CE's after each weekly session.
Curriculum Registration

Ask a Pro

New Mexico's Opioid Epidemic

Chronic pain can breed addiction to opioid narcotics. UNM Pain Center’s Joanna Katzman is in the Style studio talking about the epidemic and what alternatives are available to patients.

KASA Television's - Ask a Pro
Monday, 21 Oct 2013, 1:24 PM MDT
KASA website: Interview with Joanna Katzman

Chronic Pain

Nikki sits down with Doctor Daniel Duhigg, from the University of New Mexico’s Pain Center, to discuss chronic pain and the emotional and physical toll it takes on a person.

KASA Television's - Ask a Pro
Monday, 15 Jul 2013, 10:26 AM MDT
KASA website: Interview with Daniel Duhigg

Chronic Headaches

Approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches and more than half of them suffer from migraines. Nikki sits down with Neurologist Joanna Katzman, Director of the University of New Mexico Pain Center, to talk about how headache sufferers can find relief.

KASA Television's - Ask a Pro
Monday, 01 Jul 2013, 10:43 AM MDT
KASA website: Interview with Joanna Katzman

Session meets Thursday, Noon - 2:00 p.m. (MT)
Primary Location: Project ECHO
Secondary Location: UNMH Center for Clinical Neuroscience

Forms and documents

Western Region Training Surveys


Teaching by telementoring

Project ECHO Maintains Skills Of Rural

  • Project ECHO, which started at the University of New Mexico, uses telehealth technology for patients who live in rural areas and have poor access to health care
  • Link to the Website


Clinic awards and recognition


Clinic facilitators

Joanna Katzman

Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH

Medical Director
Direct: 272-3160

George Comerci

George Comerci, Jr., MD, FACP

Medical Director
Internal Medicine
Direct: 272-2147

Daniel Duhigg

Daniel Duhigg, DO, MBA

Addiction Psychiatry

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Brian M. Shelley

Brian M. Shelley, MD

Family Medicine/Chronic Pain/
Independent Medical Evaluation
Phone: (505) 873-7400 (space)

Cynthia Olivas

Cynthia Romero Olivas, RN, BSN

Nurse Manager
Direct: 272-5429


Melissa Britt

Melissa Britt

Distance Education Coordinator
Direct: (505) 272-0964


Interdisciplinary Team

Benson Daitz

Benson Daitz, MD

Family Medicine/Myofascial Pain


Eugene Koshkin

Eugene Koshkin, MD

Anesthesiology/Interventional Pain Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-2610

Donna Kwilosz

Donna Kwilosz, PhD

Medical Psychology/Neurology
Phone: (505) 925-7549


Additional Contributors

  • Ernest Dole, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  • Mark Holdsworth, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  • Lesley Toser, PT, Physical Therapy
  • Lucy Whyte Ferguson, DC, Myofascial Pain
  • Christine Zampach, MEd, DPT, Physical Therapy

Video and PowerPoint

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