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Francisco G. Cigarroa, ’79 B.S., M.D.


Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., is a nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon, and the Ashbel Smith Professor of Surgery and Carlos and Malú Alvarez University Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Transplantation Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he also serves as Director of Pediatric Transplantation.

Francisco G. Cigarroa, ’79 B.S., M.D.

He has held these positions since January 2015 when he completed his tenure as Chancellor of the University of Texas System. Dr. Cigarroa is also a Regent’s Special Liaison to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its medical school. A native of Laredo, TX, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale and a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. During his twelve years of postgraduate training, Dr. Cigarroa was chief resident at Harvard’s teaching hospital, Massachusetts General in Boston, and completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in both pediatric surgery and transplantation surgery. In 1995 he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and, in October 2000, was appointed its third president. In February 2003 he was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. In October 2006 Dr. Cigarroa was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Cigarroa is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, from which he received a certificate in pediatric surgery. A former member of the University Council, he was elected Alumni Fellow in 2010.

Resides in San Antonio, Texas