Justin Baca, MD, PhD

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Department of Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine


Undergraduate: BA, Harvard University

Graduate School: PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Medical School: MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009

Residency: Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Brigham and Womens Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013


I am a practicing Emergency Medicine doctor who directs a research program centered on novel diagnostics and point-of-care testing.  As a physician scientist, I use my clinical experience to help design and implement new clinical tests for use at or near the point of care. My current teaching interests center on training the next generation of emergency physicians and physician scientists that will serve New Mexicans and the broader scientific community.  I have served as a research project mentor for undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students, and residents for the last ten years. My service interests are centered on helping to expand the pool of exceptional applicants from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds to terminal degree programs. When not in the ER or the lab, I can be found playing the guitar in a mariachi band, cooking tamales, knitting, or introducing visitors to green chile.

Teaching Interests

  • Resident Research
  • Pipeline Programs (BA/MD program)

Research Interests

  • Point-of-care Diagnostics
  • Biosensor Development
  • Novel Materials for Infection Control