Francisco G. Cigarroa ’79 B.S.
San Antonio, Texas
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Texas System, is a nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon. A native of Laredo, Dr. Cigarroa earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale and received his 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 serve as a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science and by President Barack Obama in 2012 to serve as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. In October 2006 Dr. Cigarroa was elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and currently serves on the American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Cigarroa is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American College of Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, from which he received a certificate in pediatric surgery. He is a former member of the University Council. Dr. Cigarroa was elected Alumni Fellow in 2010.