November 2021 Member Profile

Salutations! My name is Carlos Abeyta, MBA. I am currently the Department Administrator for the Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of New Mexico (UNM), School of Medicine (SOM) under the leadership of Meic H. Schmidt, MD, MBA. I am proud to be one of the youngest Administrators across the School of Medicine which is why I joined NERVES to ensure that our unique department is aligned with all industry benchmarks trends and to ensure we remain market competitive for our faculty. Previous positions that enhanced my knowledge and prepared me for this role included being an Operations Manager in Neurology and Neurosurgery, being 1 of only 2 Compensations Specialists for UNM, and working for the Los Alamos National Laboratory as an Administrator for X-Computational Physics.

Currently, our Department has nine Neurosurgeons, two Critical Care Faculty, one Pain Provider, twenty-six Advanced Practice Providers (APP), and seventeen staff members. We are the first Comprehensive Stroke Center and Certified Pediatric Neurosurgery program in New Mexico. Furthermore, our department boasts The North American Skull Base Society (NASBS) distinction. While we do not yet have residents, we are anticipating a successful site review with hopes of obtaining our first resident in the Summer of 2022. During the pandemic, I was the point person on recruiting APPs to our program, filling 19 of 20 positions within eleven months! New Mexico is not the state that everyone wants to be, however when they arrive here it is truly a treasure!

My favorite part of my job is collaborating with my staff and helping our Neurosurgeons with anything that they need. My staff have been extremely resilient with the changes during the pandemic and continue to provide quality work from home and on-site. While they are new to their roles, I pride myself on empowering one another and making sure accountability is given and received. It is with no doubt that my staff are the keystones to the success of our department and therefore the success of the School of Medicine (SOM), UNM as a whole, and our amazing State of New Mexico.

Lastly, New Mexico presents a truly unique opportunity for people like me. I am from a small rural town named Alcalde (Spanish for mayor) which is north of Espanola, New Mexico. A sibling of four and the only sibling to graduate high school and proceed to higher education, I earned my MBA at the age of 25. One might say I am a risk taker but I would use the term adventurous! I got married at the age of 22 to my husband, Joshua and am looking forward to celebrating our 10-year anniversary in two years! We have 5 amazing dogs; our senior chihuahuas Cupcake and Beautiful, our teenage yorkie Tobii, and our two golden retrievers Goldiee, and Sleepie. In our free time, we enjoy camping, scenic drives, and traveling. 

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