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Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.

Liver Transplant Surgery
Liver, Pancreas, Hepatobiliary and Pediatric Cancer Surgery
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  • About Me

    About Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.

    Francisco Cigarroa, MD, is a nationally renowned transplant surgeon. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He completed fellowships in pediatric surgery and transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been a UT Health San Antonio faculty member since 1995, and was part of the surgical team that performed the first split liver donor transplant between two recipients in Texas. 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. After five years, he returned full-time to his passion for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Dr. Cigarroa has also contributed to many notable publications in his field. He is currently director of the University Health Transplant Institute and a Clayton Research Scholar in Hepatocellular Carcinoma. His research interests are in hepatocellular carcinoma among the South Texas population. Dr. Cigarroa was also named one of Texas Monthly's Super Doctors of 2020.

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    • Male
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Spanish
  • Credentials


    • Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
    • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
    • American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
    • American Board of Surgery, Specialty Trained in Transplantation
    • Undergraduate: Yale University, New Haven, CT
    • Medical School: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 
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