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

James Cheek, MD, MPH

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Associate Professor

MSC09 5040

Albuquerque, NM 87131

Public Health Program


Dr. Cheek graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine before completing his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and residency in Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Following his residency training he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and Medical Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and subsequently the Indian Health Service (IHS). Prior to joining UNM, he was the Director of the IHS national Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, providing epidemic assistance and disease control to American Indian and Alaska Native communities throughout the United States. An enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma, Dr. Cheek was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His interests include public health practice, racial and ethnic disparities in infectious diseases, emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases, and evolutionary medicine.

Please email Dr. Cheek at the above email address if you would like a copy of his CV.