Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Health Science Center president, is featured as a 2003 Trendsetter in the November issue of Hispanic magazine. He is one of six outstanding individuals selected to receive the honor.
The Hispanic article notes that Dr. Cigarroa, even while serving as the chief executive of a comprehensive health sciences university with a $450 million operating budget, is on call to see patients on weekends. He continues a history of clinical innovation. In 1997, he was part of a surgical team that split a donor liver for transplant into two patients, an adult woman and a 5-month-old boy. The operation was the first of its type in Texas. In 2000, he performed the first successful small bowel transplant in a child in Texas.
The Trendsetter profile cites the importance of education to the Cigarroa family, who instilled in their children the value that education empowers individuals to succeed. "One of the reasons I became president," Dr. Cigarroa is quoted as saying, "is to inspire our younger generation to become educated and to be good role models for Hispanic students."
The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved his appointment in October 2000 as the third president of the Health Science Center.
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