Meet Dr. Chess
Dr. Chukwurah, also known as ‘Dr. Chess’ is a Board-Certified foot and ankle surgeon and Podiatrist practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Chukwurah (aka Dr. Chess) was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 18 with the goal of obtaining quality education and fulfilling his dream of becoming a doctor. He received his first degree in Microbiology at Brigham Young University where he was on the Dean’s list. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Iowa and completed his Surgical Residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a Chief Surgical Resident.
Dr. Chess has a particular excitement for life and a desire to work with his patients to resolve all their foot and ankle concerns and ailments. He enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, weightlifting, and bodybuilding, and has competed in and won a few Physique Competitions in New Mexico. He is a trained opera singer and was a member of the Utah Opera Company after graduating from college. He enjoys playing the piano, church pipe organ, teaching in church, and above all—spending time with his family.
He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in foot, rear foot and ankle reconstruction. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
He is an expert in Diabetic Limb Salvage, as well as Amputation Prevention and has incorporated several protocols into his practice to help keep his patients on their feet. He received special training in Basic and Advanced Microsurgery which comes in handy when dealing with complex wound and tissue management. He specializes in treating foot and ankle pain using Class IV Laser Therapy and Ultrasound-based Shockwave Therapy. He is trained in Fat Pad Augmentation with Dermal Fillers and when indicated, will use this modality for managing painful bony prominences of the foot and ankle.
Registered Medical Assistant/Health Care Administrator/Office Manager
Questa High School (1992)
University Of New Mexico – B.A.S. Elementary Education (1996),
University Of New Mexico – (Taos Branch) CNA (2001)
Pima Medical Institute (AZ) – RMA (2009)
University Of Arizona – AA Human Resources (2011),
New Mexico State University – AA Criminal Justice (2013)
New Mexico State University – BSN (2023)
Pima Medical Institute (NM) – HCA (2019)
Finish nursing school, enjoy life, make sure my kids grow up
Independent and strong minded, grow old with my husband
Favorite Food/drink: My mom’s spaghetti / coffee
Favorite Color: Black
Hobbies: Skydiving, Playing and Coaching Volleyball, Watching True Crime and Medical Documentaries, Watching my kids grow up
Fun fact: I have raised 18 children
Favorite Quote: Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today
Mari aka "Little Mari"
Lead Medical Assistant
Grants High School, Pima Medical Institute – MA
Future Plans: Become an RN and travel the world
Favorite Food/Drink: Hot Chips, Seafood / Tea, Water, or Gatorade
Favorite Color: Maroon
Hobbies: Softball, Hiking, Running, Outdoors, Camping
Fun Fact: I have 7 siblings, I’m the middle child
Albuquerque High School (GO BULLDOGS!), Cambridge College
Future Plans: Buy a home, learn to travel
Favorite Food/Drink: Chinese Food/Mountain Dew Code Red
Favorite Color(S): Grey and Pink
Hobbies: Learning new recipes
Fun Fact: I’m a licensed interpreter for the State of NM
Favorite Quote: Faith is not hoping God can, it is knowing he will.