There are more than 100 arthritic or rheumatologic musculoskeletal diseases and conditions affecting thousands of New Mexicans.

Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and others: osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, fibromyalgia, and the genetic predispositions of some New Mexicans to certain other rheumatologic disorders can lead to diminished quality of life and disability if left untreated.

Rheumatology is a rapidly developing medical specialty with new treatment options appearing frequently. The disease outlook for people with chronic rheumatologic disorders is improving with the introduction of new forms of treatment and early diagnosis. The Rheumatology TeleECHO Clinic is designed to provide a consultative link between specialists and community clinicians throughout the state. Its goals are to provide rheumatology consultations regarding any rheumatologic disease condition, and to train clinicians at distant sites to become experts in the care of these conditions so they might serve as local resources for rheumatologic care. Since 2006, at least 46 clinicians have joined the clinic with a continual interest in the advancement of their knowledge base in rheumatology. We have currently helped 22 clinicians earn advanced rheumatology training certification through the American College of Rheumatology.

The ECHO Rheumatology team of specialists also provides clinical patient services through the University of New Mexico Hospital’s Rheumatology Center.

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Session meets Monday from noon – 1:30 pm MT.

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Arthur Bankhurst

Arthur Bankhurst, MD

Medical Director
wendy grant

Wendy Grant, MD

Medical Director
Rheumatologist, Durango, CO
CHPG Rheumatology, Southwest
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Roderick Fields

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine

Cynthia Olivas, RN, MSN

Nurse Manager
Project ECHO® Cardiology TeleECHO Clinic
Office: 505-272-5429
Amy Armistad

Amy Armistad, MA

Program Planning Manager
Project ECHO
Office: 505-272-5811

Amanda Dezan

TeleECHO Clinic Coordinator
Project ECHO
Office: 505-272-0892