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UT System chancellor lands prestigious BioMed SA award
August 18, 2014

Former UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa has secured a major award from BioMed SA.

By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal

BioMed SA has named University of Texas System Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa as its latest recipient of the Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences.

The award, named after Palmaz Stent inventor Dr. Julio Palmaz, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to advance the health care and bioscience fields.

In February, Cigarroa announced plans to step down as chancellor so that he could return to pediatric transplantation surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in January 2015. Prior to becoming chancellor of the UT System, he served as president of the Health Science Center.

Health Science Center President Dr. William Henrich nominated Cigarroa for the 2014 Palmaz Award, says the accomplished surgeon has advanced patient care in the region, influencing public policy and helping secure legislative support for a new medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

"The ground that Dr. Cigarroa has broken - both figuratively and literally - to establish a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, I predict, will stand as one of his outstanding legacies and will be seen as a game changer for education, student access and economic growth for South Texas," Henrich says.

"I am so honored to receive the Julio Palmaz Award, named for one of the region's greatest medical innovators," Cigarroa says. "It is a special milestone in a career during which I have been privileged to work with countless exceptional professionals. Together, we have been able to improve many lives through the creation of new and transformational initiatives."

Cigarroa will accept the award at BioMed SA's annual Palmaz Award dinner on Sept. 18, 2014 at The Vistas at Valero.

BioMed SA Chairman Kenneth Trevett says the selection of Cigarroa is recognition of a stellar career and recognizes the accomplishments one of San Antonio's more prominent health care leaders has had on the region.

BioMed SA is a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that is working to promote the region's health care and bioscience sectors.


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