Wilterding Named Director of UNM Student Health and Counseling

February 16, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro

Dr. James Wilterding photoThe Division of Student Affairs has announced the appointment of Dr. James Wilterding as executive director of Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).  Wilterding joined the SHAC medical staff in 2012, served as the associate medical director beginning in 2014, and most recently held the position of interim executive director.


Wilterding completed his medical degree at the University of Texas, and his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico.  He brings a background of diverse experience to his new position including an undergraduate degree in engineering and management experience with a large telecommunications company; community organizing and service with the Peace Corps in Uganda; provision of medical services at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless ; and clinical expertise and interests in sexual and reproductive health, health care of marginalized populations, chronic musculoskeletal pain and quality improvement. 

  “I am excited about the new position and the opportunity to lead an outstanding SHAC clinical and administrative staff intent on their mission to foster student success through assisting our students maintain their physical and mental health,” Wilterding says. “I look forward to collaborating broadly with other academic units to address the health of the campus community.”

SHAC provides comprehensive, integrated medical and counseling services to the more than 27,000 UNM main campus and Health Sciences Center students. Pharmacy services and travel medicine consultations are also available to faculty and staff as well as students.

SHAC staff also serve in consultative and collaborative roles to address university-wide issues related to wellness, mental health, infection control and emergency preparedness.