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UTHSC physician invited to national medical leader training (4-27-00)

Jaime R. Garza, M.D., D.D.S., associate professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), was one of 50 practicing physicians selected to participate in the American Medical Association (AMA)/

Glaxo Wellcome Emerging Leaders Development Program. The program was held in Miami in conjunction with the AMA’s National Leadership Development Conference.

Dr. Garza, a board-certified plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist, is head of the Department of Surgery’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was the only physician from South Texas—and one of only three statewide—invited to the AMA/Glaxo Wellcome program. The event is an intensive leadership development program with emphasis on legislative advocacy. The 50 physicians were selected on the basis of their demonstrated leadership potential and diversity of leadership experience.

Dr. Garza received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1983 from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the LSU School of Medicine in 1987. He completed a general surgery internship and microvascular surgery research residency at UTHSC before moving to a fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and his otolaryngology/head and neck surgery residency at LSU.

After completing his second residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, he was recruited to the Health Science Center in 1994 to develop a training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Contact: Will Sansom