Dr. Michael Harding has practiced at the forefront of cardiovascular medicine in New Mexico for nearly 25 years. He entered the newest phase of his career practicing phlebology in early 2016 when he joined Dr. Peloso at the Vein Center of New Mexico.
Dr. Harding has degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Columbia University and Sewanee: The University of the South. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed his Residency Program in Internal Medicine. He then went to Duke University for a Fellowship in Cardiology. From Duke, Dr. Harding moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for an Interventional Fellowship at Vancouver General Hospital. In Canada, he became an expert in coronary stents two years before the FDA released the device in the United States.
In 1992, Dr. Harding brought his specialized knowledge of stents (also known as “PTCA”) to New Mexico. Since then, he has participated in numerous technical and academic advances. He has primarily focused on interventional cardiac and peripheral procedures. And he never stopped searching for new ways to care for his patients. Identifying a void in caring for patients with vascular problems outside of the heart, over time, he expanded his interests to vascular ultrasound and vascular medicine, including not only peripheral artery disease, but also the many forms of vasculitis, thrombophilias, and, of course, complex venous disease.
Over the course of his almost 25 years in Albuquerque, Dr. Harding became a leader and innovator in the cardiology community. But Dr. Harding is perhaps best known for his patient care. His patients know him as a kind and compassionate doctor. He firmly believes that understanding the patient’s background, stresses, and interests is essential to effectively diagnose and treat each patient.
Outside of the operating room, Dr. Harding can be found walking his Airedale Terrier along the Rio Grande or hiking the Sandia Mountains. He is an avid fly-fisherman and skier. Originally from Nashville, TN, Dr. Harding met his wife, Janet, while they were studying in New York City. His two daughters, Natalie and Lauren, live away from home but are always close to his heart.
Dr. Harding hopes to care, treat, and heal New Mexican patients for many years to come.
1985 M.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
1980 B.S., (Chemical Engineering), Columbia University, New York City, NY
1980 B.S., (Chemistry), The University of South, Sewanee, TN (Combined degree program)
Residencies and Fellowships:
1985 – 1988 Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
1988 – 1991 Cardiology Fellowship, Duke University, Durham, NC
1991 – 1992 Angioplasty Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia, Canada
2016 –present Medical Director, Vein Center of New Mexico, LLC
2013 – 2015 Director of Vascular Medicine Program, Presbyterian Hospital
2007 – 2015 Director of Vascular Lab, Presbyterian Hospital
2006 – 2012 Director of Peripheral Vascular Program, Presbyterian Hospital
2001 – present Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
1998 – 2000 Cardiology Section Chief, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
1997 – 2015 Cardiologist on staff of Presbyterian Heart Group, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1996 – 2000 Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
1996 – 1998 Chairman, Invasive Services Committee, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
1996 – 2000 Board of Directors, Quality Committee, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
1992 – 1997 Cardiologist on staff of New Mexico Heart Institute, Albuquerque, NM
2005 – present Diplomat in Vascular Medicine, The American Board of Vascular Medicine
1991 – present Diplomat in Cardiovascular Subspecialty Board, The American Board of Internal Medicine
1988 – present Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine
2005 – 2015 Diplomat in Endo-Vascular Medicine, The American Board of Vascular Medicine
1999 – 2009 Diplomat in Interventional Cardiology, The American Board of Internal Medicine
2006 – present Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RVPI)
1993 – present Fellowship American College of Cardiology (FACC)
1991- 1997 Member of The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions
Other Awards and Honors:
Diabetes Research and Training Center, Summer Grant, Vanderbilt University; Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemical Society, Columbia University; Organic Chemistry Award, The University of the South; Wilkins Scholar, The University of the South