University of Missouri surgeon named head of surgery at UTHCT; Florida physician joins family medicine department

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The University of Texas recently hired two new physicians with extensive experience in their respective fields. John A. Aucar, MD, has been named chairman of the Department of Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Jose R. Jimenez, MD, has joined the UTHSCT faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Aucar is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is board certified in surgery. His special interests include using the latest technology in information management to improve patient safety and quality of care.

"Dr. Aucar has experience in private practice and a number of academic settings. He also has clinical expertise in laparoscopic surgery and recently completed a master’s degree in medical informatics. We look forward to adding his expertise to the UTHSCT faculty," said Dr. Steve Brown, UTHSCT’s Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Aucar comes to UTHSCT from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. Before that, he was the associate trauma director at MU Healthcare. He is the founding editor of Evidence-Based Surgery. Dr. Aucar received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and his master’s degree in health informatics from MU-Columbia. He completed his surgery residency at Michigan State University, as well as one year of a pathology residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Jimenez comes to the Health Center after serving as staff physician at Eglin Air Force Base Family Health Clinic in Florida. He also served as director of the Emergency Department at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Dr. Jimenez, who is fluent in Spanish and English, is board certified in family medicine. His special interests include providing health care to the Hispanic community and caring for elderly patients.

He completed his residency in Family Medicine at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston and Saint Mary Hospital in Port Arthur. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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