Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the Joe R. & Dr. Teresa Lozano Long Medal of Excellence Award presented by the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with benefactors Joe R. and the late Teresa Lozano Long.
The award recognizes individuals or organizations that set a high standard of excellence through their work and have established a legacy of extraordinary and impactful contributions to society.
Dr. Cigarroa is the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Distinguished University Chair and holds the Ashbel Smith Professorship in Surgery at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. He is the director of the UT Health San Antonio Transplant Center.
Dr. Cigarroa is a nationally renowned transplant surgeon. He was part of a surgical team that performed the first split liver donor transplant between two recipients in Texas.
Dr. Cigarroa became a faculty member at UT Health San Antonio in 1995. He served as president of UT Health San Antonio from 2000 to 2009.
In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Cigarroa to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. In 2009, Dr. Cigarroa became the first Hispanic to be named chancellor of The University of Texas System.
William L. Henrich, MD, MACP, president of UT Health San Antonio, praised Cigarroa’s vision to create the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine during his chancellorship.
“The creation of LLILAS and the good it does, the Long Scholars program at UT Health San Antonio and its far-reaching positive effects, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine each represent lasting achievements anchored in serving the public good as they have lifted and will continue to lift the lives of countless of our citizens. We owe Terry, Joe and Cisco an unrepayable debt for their service and example,” said Dr. Henrich.
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