Southwest Neurosurgical Associates

Phone: 505.244.0080
Fax: 505.244.9048
8080 Academy Rd NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87111-1159

Meet Christopher Bettis, PA-C

Christopher Bettis

Christopher Bettis, PA-C

Chris Bettis, PA-C grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Notre Dame on a Naval ROTC scholarship. Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology, Mr. Bettis fulfilled his military service commitment as an officer in the elite Navy SEALs, spending his career of almost five years with SEAL Team 5 in Coronado, California. His last assignment in the SEALs brought him to Hawaii where he stayed for fifteen years after leaving the Navy. During his time in Hawaii, Chris served in the Honolulu Fire Department, worked as a tech in the emergency room of the Queens’ Medical Center, and eventually became a successful account executive in the mortgage industry. It was also in Hawaii that Chris met his wife, a New Mexico native, who was there on assignment as an emergency room nurse. With the housing market downturn in 2008, Chris, his wife, and their two sons moved “home” to Albuquerque to be closer to family and he was finally able to pursue his lifelong desire to have a career in medicine after completing the Physician Assistant Program at the University of New Mexico. Chris assists Dr. Metzger in surgery in addition to helping manage the care of new and established patients in clinic.

Chris’ professional affiliations include membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants. He enjoys mountain biking and hiking in the foothills with his family in addition to snowboarding, rock-climbing, cyclocross, swimming and running. Chris has competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships and Ultraman (double ironman) World Championships on the Big Island of Hawaii and is also a 5-time competitor in the Xterra Off-Road Triathlon World Championships in Maui. His future athletic endeavors include running the Leadville Trail 100 mile ultramarathon in Colorado.