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Cigarroa, Loeffler, Ramirez named to science-biotech council
(1-24-02)

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Tom Loeffler and Mario Ramirez, M.D., are among the South Texas leaders invited by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the new Governor's Council on Science and Biotechnology Development. Gov. Perry announced the panel's formation on Jan. 17.

Dr. Cigarroa is president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a nationally renowned pediatric and transplant surgeon and the first Hispanic in the United States to lead a health sciences university. He was educated at Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Mr. Loeffler is a former UT System regent who served in Congress from January 1979 to January 1987. A longtime supporter of the Health Science Center and member of the UTHSC Development Board, he is a founding partner in the national law firm of Loeffler, Jonas & Tuggey LLP, with offices in Austin and San Antonio.

Dr. Ramirez is a former UT System regent and onetime member of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was appointed vice president for South Texas/Border Initiatives at the Health Science Center in 1995. He practiced medicine in Starr County for 45 years and provided leadership to build Starr County Memorial Hospital.

The other appointee from South Texas is Jose Amador, director of the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.

Contact: Will Sansom