Regent Jaime R. Garza, M.D., D.D.S., appointed in 2011, is a San Antonio native and president and CEO of Texas Plastic Surgery and Renew Associates, P.A. He retired as full Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he was Founder and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a nationally-recognized program that trained most of the country’s military plastic surgeons, and Associate Vice President for UTHSCSA.
He received his M.D. (with honors) and D.D.S. degrees from Louisiana State University; has a B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University; is board-certified in two surgical specialties; and has authored ten book chapters and dozens of medical journal articles and abstracts.
President-Elect of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, his honors include the AMA’s "Emerging Leaders" award (2000); San Antonio Business Journal’s “Outstanding Physician” award, largely for his work in treating children’s deformities; Texas Monthly’s “Texas Super Doctor” recognition (past 7 years); and Consumer’s Guide’s designation as one of the “Top Doctors in the United States.”
He was an acclaimed receiver at San Antonio’s Jefferson High School, broke almost all of Tulane’s receiving records, was team captain and named one of the “Best College Football Players in America” before attending NFL training camps with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.
He is an internationally known expert in the treatment of sports related facial injuries; holds a patent on a protective facemask used by NBA and college players; is a team physician for the San Antonio Rampage (hockey), the University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, consultant to the NFL and NBA; and served as tournament physician for several NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments and the USA Olympic Women’s basketball team.
He and his wife of 28 years, architect Lisa Marie Trail Garza of New Orleans, have four children.