Residency Class of 2018

Estevan Apodaca MD

I grew up in Valencia, New Mexico and graduated from Los Lunas High School. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the University of New Mexico (UNM) for both my undergraduate education and medical school. My favorite place to be is in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. I love to travel, snowboard, sport rock climb, backpack, mountain bike, bow hunt, fish, and golf. I also enjoy watching horror movies with my wife and playing video games. I enjoy baseball enough to listen to it on the radio.

I am very interested in public health and policy. I have a strong interest in global health and have been involved in medical programs in Bolivia and Nepal. I have an interest in women's health, specifically contraception and obstetrics. I also care greatly about New Mexico education and creating physicians to fulfill the needs of the communities they serve.

Gina Lutz MD

I have lived in almost every region of US starting in Kansas and spanning three coasts (that includes the "dirty coast" of the gulf). I am excited to be making New Mexico my new home because of the deep history, sense of place, and of course beautiful landscapes. While in medical school in Cuba, people always asked me what kind of specialist I wanted to be and my answer was always, Ninguna/none! I love the scope of family medicine and the essential role that the family physician can play in his/her community. I have interests in palliative medicine, mobile health outreach, and being a good neighbor. Most importantly, I believe that access to health care is a human right.

Rawan Maali MD

I was born and lived most of my life in Jordan, home of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. I have been and seen patients from all the surrounding countries, from Iraq to Egypt and from Syria to Yemen. With such diverse patient population, my love of medicine has flourished, but it always kept me seeking more. Therefore, I joined the research team of “Cardiovascular diseases of pregnancy” at the University of Chicago Hospitals; where I became interested in women’s health.

From the countless hours of voluntary work I became a firm believer in the Idiom “prevention is better than cure.” Therefore, Family Medicine was the journey I decided to embark on. I appreciate how family medicine has a strong commitment to primary care, and how it covers a wide variety of other medical specialties. The very exceptional doctor-patient relationship; that seamless blend of trust building, appreciation of patient’s individuality, continuity of care and taking preventive measurements stands out as one of the strongest and most distinguishable aspects of UNM Family Medicine Program.

In addition to the extraordinary friendliness, dedication, and enthusiasm of the entire UNM team, the appealing nature and weather have made UNM my perfect match.

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith DO

I am originally from Seattle & have lived many places in the Pacific Northwest. My other love outside the Pacific Northwest is the Southwest. I have traveled all over the Southwest & find it to be one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. and am looking forward to many adventures in my new home. I attended medical school at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.

I spent the better part of my medical school years in one of our community campuses in Portland, OR and had the opportunity to travel all over the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. during my clinical clerkships. During my time spent working at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, I was granted the wonderful surprise of giving birth to my daughter 5 weeks earlier than expected, surrounded by all the wonderful people I had worked with while in Santa Fe.

She is now happy & healthy and more amazing than I could have imagined. My husband and I look forward to our new life in the unparalleled beauty of New Mexico where we can enjoy our hobbies of hiking, camping, swimming, gardening & traveling!

Joanna Souers MD

As a native of upstate New York, I studied at Cornell University. During college, I began my world travels with time spent in Tanzania, Costa Rica, East Africa, and Central America. I volunteer work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina led me to the unique opportunity to study medicine in Cuba.

I was among a small group of Americans offered full scholarships to the Escuela Latino Americana de Medicina (ELAM), an international program for young doctors from all over the world dedicated to providing primary care to the underserved. During my medical training in Cuba, I was involved in several international medical missions including Peru and Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. After graduating from medical school, I volunteered as a physician working in a Liberian hospital as part of the Ebola response.

I have a passion for social justice, international medicine, disaster relief & a personal mission to bring quality health care to the underserved. This residency program is an attractive combination of academic evidence-based medicine & rural full-spectrum training that will allow me to serve communities in need, both in the U.S. and internationally. When not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, hiking, sailing, skiing, salsa dancing, new adventures & so much more….