Dr. Michael Harding
Michael Harding, M.D. is the owner and medical director of the Vein Center of New Mexico. He acquired the practice in 2016 and is passionate about promoting healthy veins. A key part of the Vein Center mission is teaching patients about why bringing the blood up from the feet and back up to the heart is critical for good health.
After more than 25 years in cardiovascular medicine and hundreds of hours with patients in the Cath Lab, Dr. Harding is well-qualified to lead New Mexico’s first vein center. He thoroughly understands circulation and how veins and arteries work together for good health.
Over his 25 years of medical practice in Albuquerque, Dr. Harding became a leader and innovator in the cardiology community. But Dr. Harding is perhaps best known for his patient care. In 2017 and 2018 over 400 patients gave the Vein Center of New Mexico 5- star ratings for the care they received. Patients reviews highlight his kindness, compassion and medical competency.
Dr. Harding starts each patient relationship by understanding the patient’s background,
stresses, and interests because he believes this is essential to effectively diagnose and treat each patient. Together with the dedicated team at the Vein Center of New Mexico, patients report their experiences as being both personal and professional, with high-quality medical results.
Dr. Harding is board certified in board certified in Vascular Medicine, Cardiology and Internal Medicine. 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. Dr. Harding has degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Columbia University and Sewanee: The University of the South.
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 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.
In his personal time, Dr. Harding can be found 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.
Education & Experience
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,
1996 – 1998 Chairman, Invasive Services Committee, Presbyterian Healthcare Services,
1996 – 2000 Board of Directors, Quality Committee, Presbyterian Healthcare Services,
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
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