La Familia has always been, and will always be, the place that I call home. This is where I started my career and has continued to be my reference point for what a top-notch medical home should look like. The mission is a noble one and the staff is the ultimate model of how mission-driven individuals can work together as a team to improve health services access to a community.
Mario F. Pacheco, M.D. is a Board Certified family physician who has provided comprehensive family care to medically indigent populations in northern New Mexico. He is the founding director of the Northern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program, a rural training track in Santa Fe, NM sponsored by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. A 1986 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Dr. Pacheco completed his residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico Department of Family and Community Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Health of the Public at UNM and subsequently worked as a community health center physician at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe for 10 years. He is a diplomat and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2000-2001 he was awarded a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in Washington DC where he worked in the office of United States Senator Jeff Bingaman. He subsequently served as a District Health Officer for the New Mexico Department of Health prior to resuming the residency directorship in 2002. He currently serves patients at Pojoaque Primary Care and also serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Hispanic Latino Health at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He has authored papers in the field of U.S. Mexico border health, school based health centers, and rural family medicine training. In 2006 he was the recipient of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Pacheco currently serves on many boards and committees, including the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Advisory Committee.