Family and Community Medicine

MSC 09 5040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: Administration (505) 272-2165 Phone: Clinic (for patients) (505) 272-1734
Fax: (505) 272-8045

Celia Barraza Valdez, MD

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Assistant Professor

MSC09 5040

Albuquerque, NM 87131

Sandoval Regional Medical Center


Celia Barraza Valdez is an Assistant Professor at UNM in the Department of Family Medicine. She attended UNM and graduated from UNM medical school in 1986. She completed a Family Practice residency in Ft Worth at Tarrant County Hospital in 1989. Dr. Valdez practiced in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas for the next 22 years. She chose to return to Academic medicine to participate in teaching and greatly enjoys working with a variety of students and residents at UNM.

She is presently involved in the Pajarito Mesa project providing care to the Pajarito Mesa community.

Dr. Valdez is also active with the BA/MD program serving as a circuit rider and is on the admissions committee.

Specialties and Certifications:

  • Member of the American Academy of Family Practice/AAFP 1990
  • Fellow of the AAFP 1998
  • Presently sees patients of all ages at Sandoval Regional Medical Center.

Personal Bests:
My husband and I have raised three children who are now amazing adults. We look forward to being grandparents someday.

I have traveled to several countries including South Korea and Nepal and have found that as humans we have much more in common than we differ. I hope to expand my work with diversity and assisting immigrant peoples. I am fluent in Spanish and my parents are immigrants from Mexico. Serving these populations is my opportunity to give back for all the blessings our family has received.