southern new mexico surgery center


    Southern New Mexico
    Surgery Center

    2301 Indian Wells Rd. Suite B
    Alamogordo, NM 88310

    Phone: 575.437.0890
    Fax: 575.437.0905

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    Our Services

    Southern New Mexico Surgery Center is a multi-specialty center, providing excellent care to all of our patients. Click here to learn more about the various programs.

    Patient and Visitor Info

    Who wants to go to a hospital? We provide an alternative to a hospital stay that can be uncomfortable and disruptive to one's routine. Click here to learn more.


    John V. Watkins, M.D.

    Dr Jonh Watkins, Pain Management

    John V. Watkins is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Watkins earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Watkins received his post graduate training at UCLA Medical Center in General Surgery and Anesthesiology. He specialized in Pain Management.

    Completing residency Dr. Watkins was faculty at the West Los Angeles VA/UCLA where he was a clinical professor until 1995 whereupon he began private practice and opened a comprehensive pain center in Los Angeles. He remained in private practice in California until being recruited by the Navajo Nation to serve as Chief of Anesthesia and was able to establish the first pain management center on a reservation for Native Americans in the United States in 2011. He is now proud to join the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institute.

    Dr. Watkins has vast knowledge of spine disorders and treatment from his experience in tertiary medical centers and private pain practice including the Brain and Spine Center/Neurosurgical Associates of Los Angeles. Dr. Watkins is an expert in spine care as it relates to injury and workman’s compensation. His experience and compassion will enhance the New Mexico Bone & Joint Institutes’ commitment to returning patients to a successful lifestyle.


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    News & Media

    Southern New Mexico Surgery Center is a 2012/2013 National APEX Quality Award Winner.
    This distinction recognizes outstanding healthcare organizations that demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in patient satisfaction throughout the United States in markets served by CTQ.