a progressive practice

Who I am

Dr. Mark Unverzagt

I am a board-certified family physician. Originally from New Orleans, I attended Tulane University where I majored in International Relations with my junior year spent abroad. I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1989 and completed a residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1993. I was a solo practitioner in rural New Mexico — Catron County — from 1993 to 1997. After leaving Catron County, I became a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. In June of 2005, I resigned my faculty position to start Medicine@Downtown.

I decided to start this practice because I wanted to see if primary care could be delivered differently. I have seen primary care change dramatically in the last two decades. It has gone from a comprehensive, coordinated delivery of essential health services to a less personal, assembly line, more corporate version of healthcare. The premium is now placed on efficiency rather than on relationships. The goal of this practice is to offer a set of services that are based on the doctor-patient relationship. I also want to be more flexible in my response to patients’ needs. One size cannot fit all in the practice of medicine. This practice is my response to a system that seems to fit so many people so poorly.

Outside of medicine, my interests include global and international health, serving on various non-profit and arts organizations boards, writing, cooking and music. A former long distance runner/athlete, I now exercise in ways that are less damaging to aging joints. I also try to invest a good amount of my free time with family, friends and in support of the local community.

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