Who: Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and an acclaimed pediatric and transplant surgeon.

What: Keynote speaker for St. Mary’s University Sesquicentennial anniversary Commencement Exercises set for some 410 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. He will speak on “A Future Without Limits: Making the Vision a Reality.” French Marianist brothers and priests brought Catholic education to San Antonio when they opened St. Mary’s Institute in 1852.

When: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11

Where: Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum


Cigarroa, a native of Laredo, is the first Hispanic to lead a health science university in the U.S. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1979 and received his medical degree with highest honors from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1983. In addition, he completed 12 years of postgraduate training.

Cigarroa was chief resident at Harvard’s teaching hospital, Massachusetts General in Boston, and completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Cigarroa, a tenured professor in the Division of General
Surgery and Organ Transplantation at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, is a new member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s, effective June 1, elected to a three-year term.

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