Tag team - Jeffrey A. Leslie, M.D. (left), assistant professor, and Dennis S. Peppas, M.D., professor, both in the Department of Urology and Pediatrics, also travel to the Lower Rio Grande Valley each month to confer with patients in the clinic and to perform surgery on pediatric patients at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
Dipen Parekh, M.D., a urologic oncologist at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, uses robotic technology to remove kidney, prostate and bladder cancers with great precision. Tumors are extracted through tiny incisions, reducing pain, blood loss, scarring and risk of infection.
This year, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance contributed $2 million to the Health Science Center to support Dr. Parekh’s work in the Rio Grande Valley. The gift created a Distinguished University Chair in urology at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance the highest endowed faculty position available at the Health Science Center. In addition to his work in San Antonio, Dr. Parekh travels to the Rio Grande Valley regularly to provide these minimally invasive procedures to patients at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in McAllen.
“With this gift, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is making a significant investment in the health of Rio Grande Valley residents,” said William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center. “This collaboration between the Health Science Center and local physicians will better lives, and in some cases will save lives. We are grateful to Doctors Hospital for its generosity.”
Dr. Parekh has performed more than 100 surgeries at Doctors Hospital since the partnership began.
“Endowed chairs enable us to attract and retain the best and brightest physician-scientists,” said Glenn A. Halff, M.D., interim dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. “Dr. Parekh came to us from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he received top-of-the-line training as a urologic oncology fellow. We are fortunate to have him here serving patients in both San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley, as well as training the next generation of physicians through his work at the School of Medicine.”