Jaime R. Garza, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S., is a Texas native born in San Antonio.
A renowned surgeon, Dr. Garza’s distinguished career as an educator, administrator, researcher, physician, business owner, leader and community activist has earned him substantial and far-reaching respect and recognition.
He is currently professor of surgery (clinical), professor of otolaryngology (clinical) and assistant dean for South Texas Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He served as full professor of surgery at UTHSC, where Dr. Garza was founder and chief of its Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He served on the university’s Executive Committee as associate vice president for The University of Texas Health Science Center’s South Texas Health Affairs.
Dr. Garza is president and CEO of Texas Plastic Surgery and Renew Center at Stadia and is past president of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2011, Dr. Garza was appointed as a regent for the Texas State University System, where he has served as chairman of the board, chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee and a member of the Governmental Relations Committee.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Garza has placed a premium on his work with future generations of medical doctors and health care providers, and he has spoken extensively across Texas to multitudes of high school, undergraduate/graduate collegiate and professional students. Dr. Garza remains deeply committed to communities where he has lived and worked, notably taking time away from his Texas practice in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to establish a pro bono health clinic in New Orleans.
An accomplished researcher, he is one of the first clinician/scientists to receive an IRB approval for a clinical study and to publish his work involving the use of human regenerative cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint. He is an internationally known expert in the treatment of sports related facial injuries. From his work in the research laboratory, Dr. Garza holds a U.S. patent on a protective face mask used by NBA and college players; is a consultant to the NFL's New Orleans Saints and NBA's San Antonio Spurs; team physician for The University of Texas at San Antonio; and served as a physician for several NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments and U.S. Olympic Trials.
Dr. Garza is widely recognized for his work in the health care field, including garnering high honors with AMA’s "Emerging Leaders" award (2000); San Antonio Business Journal’s “Outstanding Physician” award; and elected by his peers as president of the statewide Texas Society of Plastic of Plastic Surgeons. He was one of only three Texans invited to participate in the Forbes Healthcare Summit in 2012. In 2011, he was recognized for his business acumen by being honored as “Businessman of the Year” by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He was an acclaimed college football receiver, breaking almost all of Tulane University’s receiving records, serving as team captain and being named one of the “Best College Football Players in America.” He attended NFL training camps with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Dr. Garza was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame.
He received his B.A. in political science from Tulane University; earned his M.D. (with honors) and D.D.S. degrees from Louisiana State University; is dual board-certified in two surgical specialties; and has authored 10 book chapters and dozens of medical journal articles and abstracts. He and his wife, architect Lisa Marie Trail Garza, have four children.
Dr. Garza's term on the Board of Regents expires in 2017.