David Wachter, MD

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Department of Emergency Medicine

Associate Professor

Emergency Medicine


BS, MS -Stanford University

MD -University of Washington


I was raised in the San Francisco Bay area and remained there through college before embarking on a short-lived career as an ecologist, working on various projects in the Galapagos Islands and Panama. Afterwards, I bought my first car (a generous term for it) and headed to the University of Washington for medical school, where I focused on rural medicine and Global Health. I took an extra year to do clinical and public health work in Nepal and India, and then came to Albuquerque for residency. My primary interest in medicine is Global Health, and I teach an annual course on the subject in Nepal which gives a unique panoramic perspective, from the economics and politics of development to diagnosis and management of tropical diseases to social justice in health care. I’m married to Gillian Baty, and we are happily trying to keep up with twin toddlers in the Nob Hill neighborhood. We love exploring the southern Rockies and canyon country, and are avid climbers, mountain bikers, and hikers.

Teaching Interests

  • Global Health
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • Altitude Medicine/ Mountain Medicine

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Medical Education