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Pediatric Transplant Surgeons

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa Professor of SurgeryFrancisco Cigarroa, MD
Professor of Surgery
UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa is the surgical director of the pediatric transplant program. Dr. Cigarroa is a visionary academic leader and nationally renowned transplant surgeon. He received his bachelor’s degree at Yale University in Connecticut, his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and completed fellowships in pediatric surgery and transplant surgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1995, Dr. Cigarroa joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 1997, he was part of the surgical team that performed a split liver donor transplant between two recipients, the first operation of its kind in Texas. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Committee on the national Medal of Science. In 2009, he became the first Hispanic to be named Chancellor of The University of Texas System. On February 10, 2014, Cigarroa announced his resignation as Chancellor from the UT System to return full-time to his passion in patient care. He has made and continues to make impressive and lasting contributions in the medical community. Dr. Cigarroa specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplant surgery. Along with the surgical team at University Transplant Center, he has performed complicated liver tumor resections, vascular reconstruction for pancreatic tumors previously categorized as inoperable, repaired bile duct injuries, and performed life saving surgery on pancreatic cancer patients.