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Dr. Ford completed a General Surgery Residency through the Cornell University Program at Lincoln Hospital in New York City and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

After finishing her training in 2004, she remained as faculty at UTHSCSA until 2010. During this time, she also served as one of only two University Hospital surgeons who manned the surgical team sat the “Audie L. Murphy” VA Hospital. In 2010, Dr. Ford chose to pursue a Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship in Mitral Valve and Atrial Fibrillation Surgery with the world-renowned Dr. Chitwood at East Carolina University.

Dr. Chitwood is considered the Father of Robotic Heart Surgery. He was the principal investigator of the FDA Robotic MitraI Valve Surgery clinical trials that led to approval in 2002, for this use in the United States.

Dr. Ford is one of twenty-seven total physicians and only five women in the world fellowship-trained by Dr. Chitwood. In 2011, Dr. Ford returned to San Antonio to begin private practice.

This year, we’re proud to welcome Dr. Miguel Urencio who is double Fellowship Trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

After completing both a General Surgery Residency and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Mississippi, he pursued additional training in complex aortic surgery with a leading expert in aortic surgery.

Dr. Edward Chen, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Urencio specializes in diseases of the aorta and the heart, applying the most advanced techniques in the field to benefit the patient. He takes great pride in taking care of his patients before and after surgery in order to help them recover their health and improve their well-being.

Dr. Ford and Dr. Urencio make a point of addressing the individual needs of all patients in a warm and caring environment including coaching patients on lifestyle choices to improve surgical outcomes and support recovery. This year, we’re proud to welcome Dr. Miguel Urencio who is double Fellowship Trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery. After completing both a General Surgery Residency and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Mississippi, he pursued additional training in complex aortic surgery with a leading expert in aortic surgery, Dr. Edward Chen, at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Urencio specializes in diseases of the aorta and the heart, applying the most advanced techniques in the field to benefit the patient. He takes great pride in taking care of his patients before and after surgery in order to help them recover their health and improve their well-being. Dr. Ford and Dr. Urencio make a point of addressing the individual needs of all patients in a warm and caring environment including coaching patients on lifestyle choices to improve surgical outcomes and support recovery.

 

Renata Bastos Ford, MD, FACS

Robotic, Minimally Invasive and Conventional Cardiac Surgeon

Subspecialty

  • Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Mitrial Valve Surgery
  • Off-pump Coronary Surgery
  • Reoperation / Redo Surgery

Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Board of General Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Training

  • Cornell University Program at Lincoln Hospital: General Surgery Residency
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio: Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
  • East Carolina University: Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

Other Interests

Preoperative vs optimization of patients such as weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, pulmonary rehab, identifying undiagnosed sleep apnea, nutritional medicine. God, family, outdoors, reading, piano, choir, and foreign languages

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German

Miguel Urencio, MD

Aortic, Complex and Conventional Cardiac Surgery

Subspecialty

  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Aortic Arch Surgery
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Reoperation / Redo Surgery

Certifications

  • American Board of General Surgery

Training

  • University of Mississippi: General Surgery Residency
  • University of Mississippi: Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship
  • Emory University Aortic Surgery Fellowship

Other Interests

Critical care and postoperative patient care, perfusion and blood conservations techniques during surgery. Soccer, mountain biking, and travel.

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

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