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Francisco Cigarroa, MD

UT Health San Antonio
Schedule an appointment: 210-743-4306
Pediatric Surgery
Areas of Interest/Focus
Pediatric Transplant
Board Affiliation/Certification
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, 1983
Massachusetts General Hospital, 1986
Massachusetts General Hospital, 1990
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1993
Massachusetts General Hospital, 1988
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1995

Texas Liver Tumor Center

7979 Wurzbach Road
Suite 219, Urschel Bldg
San Antonio,TX 78229

University Hospital

4502 Medical Drive
San Antonio,TX 78229
Insurance Accepted
6 Degrees - Transplant
90 Degree Benefits - Commercial
Aetna - Commercial Exchange
Aetna - PPO/EPO/HMO/MC Advantage
Aetna - Smart Care EPO
Aetna - Transplant
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-CHIP
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-STAR
Amerigroup (Gonzaba) - Medicare Advantage (Transplants only)
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Amerigroup - Medicare Advantage
Amerigroup - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Ancira Enterprises - Direct Employer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Exchange (BlueAdvantage)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HMO/PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HPN/EPO (Narrow Network)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicaid-STAR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Essentials)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Premier)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Traditional
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Transplant Programs
Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage-SNP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-CHIP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Cenpatico - Medicare Advantage
Cigna (USSA Client Only) - Direct Employer
Community First Health Plans - HMO/Exchange (EPO)
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Community First Health Plans - Medicare Advantage HMO
Coventry - HMO/PPO
Coventry - Work Comp / Auto
Driscoll Health Plan - Medicaid-All
El Paso First - Medicaid-CHIP
El Paso First - Medicaid-STAR
Entrust - TPA
First Health - Commercial PPO
FirstCare (Part of Scott & White Health Plans) - Medicaid-STAR
Gonzaba Medical Group - Transplant ONLY
Healthsmart - Accel
Healthsmart - Commercial PPO
Healthsmart - HPO/POS
Humana - Commercial Behavioral Health
Humana - Exchange (HMOx)
Humana - HMO/PPO/Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage HMO (Gold)
Humana - Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana - National Transplant ONLY Network
Humana Military - TRICARE
Imperial Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
Interlink - Transplant
LifeTrac - Transplant
Magellan - Commercial and Medicaid Behavioral Health
Molina - Commercial Exchange
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Molina - Medicaid-STAR
Molina - Medicare Advantage
Molina - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
OptumHealth - Transplant ONLY
Oscar - Commercial Exchange
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Refugee Medical Assistance
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Unaccompanied Children
Prime Health Services - Commercial PPO
Prime Health Services - Medicare Advantage
ProCare Advantage - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Provider Network of America (PNOA) - Commercial
Provider Partners Health Plan (PPHP) - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Scott & White Health Plan - HMO/PPO/Medicare Advantage
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare Advantage (Allwell)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare-Medicaid Duals (Allwell)
Texas Independence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Three Rivers Provider Network - PPO
Tokio Marine - Transplant
TriWest (via BCBSTX) - VA CCN Program
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR Kids
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Advantage
UnitedHealthcare - PPO
Universal Benefits Consortium - Brokerage Firm (School Districts)
University of Incarnate Word (Gilsbar) - Direct Employer
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
WellMed - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint (Gonzaba) - Medicare Advantage (TRANSPLANTS ONLY)
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR Kids
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
WellPoint - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Please contact your health insurance company to confirm provider participation. For billing and insurance questions, please call our Billing Department at 210-358-3260.
I am a nationally renowned transplant surgeon. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and my medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. I completed fellowships in pediatric surgery and transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I have been a UT Health faculty member since 1995 and was part of the surgical team that performed the first split liver donor transplant between two recipients in Texas.
In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed me to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. In 2009, I became the first Hispanic to be named Chancellor of The University of Texas System. After five years as chancellor, I returned full-time to my passion for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery. I am fluent in Spanish and English. I have also contributed to many notable publications in my field.


  1. Washburn WK, Speeg KV, Guerrero JA, Havranek R, Esterl RM, Abrahamian GA, Cigarroa FG, Halff GA. MELD: Impact of Hepatocellular Carcinoma on the Adult Liver Transplant Waiting List 2003. p. 374A. (Hepatology; vol. 38).
  2. Pollack MS, Havranek, R, Halff GA, Esterl RM, Washburn WK, Cigarroa FG, Speeg KV. Liver Transplant Recipients with Positive T-cell Cross-matches Have Excess Mortality. 2000 Oct. p. s91-s91. (Human Immunology; vol. 61, no. Sup 2).
  3. Elshihabi I, Agustin J, Cigarroa FG, Arar MY. Combined liver-kidney transplantation in a child with primary hyperoxaluria type I. 1998. p. 67. (Pediatr Transplantation; vol. 2, no. sup 1).

Book Chapters

  1. Neigut D, Cigarroa FG. Biliary atresia. In Mattei P (editor): Surgical Directives: Pediatric Surgery. In: Biliary atresia. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. Sect X.
  2. Raheb J, Esterl RM, Washburn WK, Cigarroa FG, Halff GA. A Revisited Technique to Salvage Failed End to Side Radiocephalic Fistulae for Chronic Hemodialysis. In: Henry ML, Ed. Vascular Access for Hemodialysis VII. WL Gore and Access Medical Group, Ltd.; 2001. p. 01 - 02.
  3. Raheb J, Esterl RM, Washburn WK, Cigarroa FG, Halff GA. Ischemic Monomelic Neuropathy as a Complication of Forearm PTFE Loop Grafts in Uremic Diabetic Patients. In: Henry ML, Ed. Vascular Access for Hemodialysis VII. WL Gore and Access Medical Group, Ltd.; 2001. p. 001 - 002.
  4. Cigarroa FG. Liver Transplantation in the Management of Patients with Biliary Diseases In: In: La Benge JM(Editor in Chief). The Radiological Society of North America. 1995. p. 118 - 128.
  5. Cigarroa FG. The Harriet Lane Handbook In: In Johnson KB. The Harriet Lane Handbook. 1993. p. 3 - 11.
  6. Cigarroa FG Donahoe PK. Laryngotracheoesophageal Clefts In: Grans SL (Editor) WB Saunders Company. Tracheal Reconstruction in Infancy. 1991. p. 65 - 78.
  7. Cigarroa FG Fritze, Danielle. Cholesdistal Cysts: Hepatic-Pancreatico-Biliary and Transplant Surgery In: In Press. Practical assignments of Dilemmas.


  1. Cigarroa FG, Jay CL. Disparities in living Donor Kidney Transplantation: Related to Poverty, Race, or Ethnicity? Journal of the American Medical Association 2018 Jan;319(1):24-26.
  2. Cigarroa FG. Journal of the American Medical Association Journal of the American Medical Association..

Journal Articles

  1. Cigarroa FG. The Beauty of Medicine in UT Health Science Center Ethics Connective Tissue 2013;Vol V(1-6).
  2. Cigarroa FG. The University of Texas System: Leadership for Reform and Rejuvenation of Texas Health Care in Texas Heart Institute Journal 2010;37(6).
  3. Cigarroa F. The UT System: Leadership for reform and rejuvenation of Texas Health Care Texas Heart Institute Journal 2010;37(6):665-666.
  4. Ramirez, AG; Vela, L; Cigarroa, FG. A Model for Health Professional Education in South Texas Journal of Hispanic Higher Education 2008 Apr;Vol 7(2):183-194.
  5. Cigarroa FG. Responding to a Culture-Based Health Need Journal of the American College of Dentists 2008;75(4):8-10.
  6. Cigarroa FG. Liver Transplantation at The University of Texas Health Science Center/University Hospital in San Antonio Clinical Transplants 2004:247-253.
  7. Washburn WK, Dodd GD III, Kohlmeier RE, McCoy VA, Napier DH, Hubbard LG, Halff GA, Esterl RM, Cigarroa FG, Sharkey FE. Radiofrequency tissue ablation: effect of hepatic blood flow occlusion on thermal injuries produced in cirrhotic livers. Ann Surg Oncol 2003 Aug;10(7):773-777.
  8. Cigarroa FG. Radiofrequency tissue ablation: effect of hepatic blood flow occlusion on thermal injuries produced in cirrhotic livers. Ann Surg Oncol 2003 Aug;10(7):773-777.
  9. Fisch SI, Vela L, Wartman SA, Cigarroa FG. Community-based medical education: two campuses, one faculty, one school. Tex Med 2002 Aug;98(8):52-54.
  10. Mejia A, Halff GA, Esterl R, Cigarroa F, Speeg KV, Villarreal R, Washburn K. Outcome of Liver Transplantation in Hispanics versus Non-Hispanics: Is There a Difference? Transplant Proc 2002 Jun;34(4):1236-1238.
  11. Cigarroa FG. Sonographically Observed Echogenic Response during Intraoperative Radiofrequency Ablation of Cirrhotic Livers: Pathologic Correlation American Journal of Radiology 2002 May;178(5):1147-1151.
  12. Leyendecker JR, Dodd GD, Halff GA, McCoy VA, Napier DH, Hubbard LG, Chintapalli KN, Chopra S, Washburn WK, Esterl RM, Cigarroa FG, Kohlmeier RE, Sharkey FE. Sonographically observed echogenic response during intraoperative radiofrequency ablation of cirrhotic livers: pathologic correlation. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2002 May;178(5):1147-1151.
  13. Bingener-Casey J, Esterl RM, Kenneth Washburn W, Cigarroa FG, Abrahamian GA, Halff GA. Tc-99m-labeled Red Blood Cell Scanning Localizes Anastomotic Hemorrhage Between the Distal Ileum and Duodenal Stump of an Enteric-drained Pancreas Transplant. Clin Nucl Med 2002 Mar;27(3):205-206.
  14. Cigarroa FG. Outcome of Liver Transplantation in Hispanics Versus Non-Hispanics: Is there a Difference? Transplantation Proceedings 2001 Feb;34:1236-1238.
  15. Lange RA, Hillis LD, Cigarroa FG, Rapp AH, Keeley EC. Prevalence of coronary artery disease in patients with aortic stenosis with and without angina pectoris. Am J Cardiol 2001;88:1212-1213.
  16. Cigarroa FG. Steroid elimination 24 hours after Liver Transplantation using daclizumab, tacrolimus, and mycophenolate mofetil Transplantation 2001 Nov;72(10):1675-1679.
  17. Washburn K, Speeg KV, Esterl R, Cigarroa F, Pollack M, Tourtellot C, Maxwell P, Halff G. Steroid Elimination 24 hours After Liver Transplantation Using Daclizumab, Tacrolimus, and Mycophenolate Mofetil. Transplantation 2001 Nov;72(10):1675-1679.
  18. Schwesinger WH, Richards ML, Cigarroa FG, Heim-Hall J. Difficulty swallowing in a young child. Grand Rounds Current Surgery 2000;57(5):446-449.
  19. Cai TH, Esterl RM, Nichols L, Cigarroa F, Speeg KV, Halff GA. Improved Immunosuppression with Combination Tacrolimus (FK506) and Mycophenolic Acid in Orthotopic Liver Transplantation. Transplant Proc 1998 Jun;30(4):1413-1416.
  20. Ratner LE, Cigarroa FG, Bender JS, Magnuson T, Kraus ES. Transplantation of single and paired pediatric kidneys into adult recipients. J Am Coll Surg 1997 Nov;185(5):437-445.
  21. Colombani PM, Cigarroa FG, Schwarz K, Wise B, Maley WE, Klein AS. Liver transplantation in infants younger than 1 year of age. Ann Surg 1996 Jun;223(6):658-662.
  22. Ratner LE, Ciseck LJ, Moore RG, Cigarroa FG, Kaufman HS, Kavoussi LR. Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. Transplantation 1995 Nov;60(9):1047-1049.
  23. Eckhardt WF, Patafio O, Cigarroa FG. A retained esophageal stethoscope as a potential cause of small bowel obstruction. Anesth Analg 1992 Feb;74(2):300-302.
  24. Lange RA, Cigarroa FG, Hillis LD, Wells PJ, Kremers MS. Influence of antegrade flow in the infarct artery on the incidence of late potentials in acute myocardial infarction Am J Cardiol 1990;65:554-558.
  25. Cigarroa FG, Coughlin JP, Donahoe PK, White MF, Uitvlugt N, MacLaughlin DT. Recombinant human müllerian inhibiting substance inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase. Growth Factors 1989;1(2):179-191.
  26. Cigarroa FG, Kim SH, Donahoe PK. Imperforate anus with long but apparent low fistula in females. J Pediatr Surg 1988 Jan;23(1 Pt):42-44.
  27. Cigarroa FG. Leading an Academic Health Center in the 21st Century: A Pediatric Surgeon's Perspective Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
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