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President Cigarroa recognized for excellence in health care and education leadership


May 2006

President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., was honored for his steadfast commitment to improving the health of residents of the vast Texas-Mexico border region. He received the Dr. Ignacio Chávez Medal of Merit from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) during a February ceremony at UNAM’s Mexico City campus. UNAM is the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere.

Dr. Juan Ramón de la Fuente, UNAM rector, presented the award, which celebrates Dr. Chavez, a former UNAM rector and leading international cardiologist. Dr. Chávez (1897-1979) held honorary degrees from 95 universities around the world and in 1962 was named lifetime honorary chairman of the International Society of Cardiology. He was UNAM rector in 1965-66 and held many other offices before and after.

On March 25 Dr. Cigarroa traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept another major award — the Hispanic Health Leadership Award, in the academic category, at the National Hispanic Medical Association’s (NHMA) 10th Annual Conference.

"I am so honored to be recognized from among the many other outstanding individuals who are making a great impact in the lives of so many," Dr. Cigarroa said.

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