Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital



Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital
505 Elm St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505.727.4725

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Our goal at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital(LURH) is to return people recovering from illness or injury to the highest quality of life possible. We are the only hospital in New Mexico accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in six programs.

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, patient-focused program tailored to the unique needs of each individual. We provide patient-centered inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, partnering with patients, families and caregivers to make sure patients achieve their best functional outcome and return to an improved quality of life and health.

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital has provided a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care for over 25 years. Our programs include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation nursing and case management services.

LURH was recently named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in 2023 and was given the 2023 Top Hospital Quality award for Quest for Excellence by the New Mexico Hospital Association.

2023 Overview

  • Number of employees: 254
  • Licensed beds: 62 acute inpatient rehabilitation beds
  • Inpatient admissions: 1,367
  • Outpatient visits: 44,010
  • Average inpatient length of stay: 12.5 days

Join us as our former CEO David Mork of Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, takes you on a tour of this beautiful facility that was designed to promote healing with a patient-centered focus on care.

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  • Amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Orthopedics 
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Swallowing program

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency (PM&R)

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Neurosurgery Department is home to the UNM-Lovelace Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency. The accredited program focuses on restoring a patient’s overall function – physically, emotionally, socially and vocationally. Residents will finish the program as proficient, well-rounded and compassionate physiatrists. 

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Apply for the UNM School of Medicine PM&R residency through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Unique Opportunities

As a resident, you’ll have some of the most extensive outpatient musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic experience available in a PM&R residency. Some unique opportunities for residents include:

  • Working in sports medicine with the UNM Lobo athletic teams
  • Extensive training in ultrasound for neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Strong experience in occupational medicine clinics
  • Early exposure to interventional and rehabilitative pain programs

Multifaceted Training

Regardless of your career path, you’ll be trained in the full spectrum of physical medicine and rehabilitation, from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to electromyography and industrial, pain and musculoskeletal medicine.

Residents benefit from organized instruction and supervised clinical work by a devoted and experienced faculty. As a resident, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of unsurpassed inpatient and outpatient PM&R experiences that truly reflect the diversity of the field, including:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Amputee care
  • Spine health
  • Sports medicine
  • Pain management
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Occupational medicine

The program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, also integrates unique opportunities in research, community outreach, quality improvement, and teaching and curriculum development.

The program currently offers a total of five resident and intern positions per year.

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Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations provide residents with outstanding, hands-on learning across a variety of disciplines in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The rotation schedule is designed to optimize patient-provider continuity while also maximizing the learner’s experience and knowledge retention. The schedule is divided into 10 five- to six-week blocks per year.

Rotations are divided between inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. Two blocks of elective rotations are permitted during the PGY3 and PGY4 years.

Principal rotations occur across four clinical sites:


The residency program provides extensive didactic teaching to supplement and enhance the residents’ clinical education. Formal learning opportunities include an organized, 18-month didactic curriculum that comprises the core areas of physiatric practice.

Weekly didactic sessions take place for three to four hours, and residents are free of clinical duties during this time to focus on their learning.

In addition, a six-week anatomy and ultrasound curriculum recur annually for all residents. Finally, residents are expected to participate in monthly grand rounds, journal clubs, quality improvement and M&M conferences, as well as rotation-specific lectures and learning sessions.

Scholarly Activity

All residents are expected to participate in at least one scholarly project and one quality improvement project over the course of their residency. Education in research design and methods as well as quality improvement processes is provided by way of formal didactic sessions throughout the year.

Scholarly activities include original work in clinical or scientific research, education or curriculum development, biomedical design, or a community outreach project. Projects are developed and implemented under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In this manner, residents have an opportunity to contribute to an area of personal significance while also forming meaningful and lasting relationships with their mentor(s).

For more information on the PM&R residency, send an email to Rebecca Lindley, Residency Program Coordinator, or call 505-925-7569.

Visiting Students

Two PM&R rotations are open to visiting students – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sport and Spine Rehabilitation.

For more information, check with the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education’s course catalog.

  • CARF accredited in six programs
  • DNV-GL accredited
  • Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
  • UNM Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Site of the Year 2016
  • Outpatient rehabilitation therapy sites received Excellence in Outcomes Award - Orthopedics by Focus On Therapeutic Outomces, Inc. (FOTO), Q3 2016
  • HealthStream Awards of Excellence: Excellence Through Insight Award for Most Improved Small Hospital in overall employee satisfaction and engagement
  • Derrick Jones named Top CEO nominee from Albuquerque Business First


Each year our patients have the opportunity to tell us how we are doing. These report cards summarize patient statistics and feedback since 2017:

2017 Report Card Download

2018 Report Card Download

2018 SCI Life Long Outcomes Results Download

2019 Report Card Download

2019 SCI Life Long Outcomes Results Download

2020 Report Card Download

2021 Report Card Download

2022 Report Card Download

2023 Report Card Download

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Rebecca Dutton, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation