Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency Program

Training excellent physicians who will go on to achieve success and become outstanding leaders

Meet our Residents PGY-3

Alejandro Bocanegra, MD

PGY-3

Howard University College of Medicine

 

Dr. Bocanegra grew up in a medically underserved border-town in Coahuila, Mexico, which led to him choosing to do his residency at UTRGV-DHR. His goal has always been to address health disparities through the practice of medicine and the provision of healthcare. At UTRGV-DHR, he is able to surround himself with the underserved patient population, and through his training, he is able to address the complex behavioral/social factors underlying his patients’ wellbeing. Dr. Bocanegra’s hobbies include bowling, playing pool, and traveling.

Cruz Alberto Bernal, MD

PGY-3

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

 

Dr.  Bernal has a passion for family and community medicine because of the unique challenges that it presents.  The UTRGV-DHR Family Medicine Residency Program provides not only a solid education, but also a full spectrum of medicine focused in traditional methods, as well as integrative and behavioral medicine.  He felt a strong connection with the program when he found out how it benefits the local undeserved population and healthcare disparities within the community. The UTRGV-DHR family and community program provides that and much more; there is a strong emphasis on behavioral health and a biopsychosocial model of care when addressing chronic illnesses, which are essential to being a competent family and primary care provider. Dr. Bernal has felt welcomed by the faculty and enjoys their enthusiasm to teach. Some of Dr. Bernal’s hobbies include cooking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors. He looks forward to getting his pilot’s license after completing his residency training.

Marco Antonio Escobedo, MD

PGY-3

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

 

After attending college at St. Mary’s University and receiving his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Dr. Escobedo decided the UTRGV-DHR Family Medicine Residency Program would help mold him into the family physician he wanted to be. The program at UTRGV-DHR supported his mission to “serve the underserved.” He is excited to be in a program that is passionate about reaching out to medically underserved areas and helps to alleviate medical disparities. Being a part of a new program sparks ideas, and leads to innovation, and Dr. Escobedo is happy to be a part of that change. His hobbies include trying new restaurants, working out, exploring all the attractions the Rio Grande Valley has to offer, and socializing with his colleagues.

 

Julia A. Flores-Mitchell, MD

PGY-3

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

 

Growing up in Brownsville, TX, Dr. Flores-Mitchell is proud to be a part of a medical revolution that is transforming the Rio Grande Valley.  She is thrilled to see the best and brightest minds from all over the nation leading the way in creating a renowned medical center in South Texas. Dr. Flores-Mitchell is proud to be a part of a program that holds true to the core values of medicine and continues to provide integrative, compassionate care to our underserved community. Her hobbies include biking, traveling, and taking trips to the beach with her family.

Charles A. Lewis II, MD

PGY-3

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

 

Dr. Lewis was raised in North Carolina, where he also studied and received his medical degree. Dr. Lewis chose to complete his residency training at UTRGV-DHR due to the program’s dedication to serving the community and providing evidence-based medicine. His training has allowed him to see a multitude of diseases and illnesses. He is eager to learn a second language while working in the Rio Grande Valley.  Dr. Lewis’ hobbies include playing soccer, lifting weights, and taking trips to the beach with his family and friends.

 

 

 

Veronica Salazar, MD

PGY-3

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

 

Dr. Salazar is a resident of the Rio Grande Valley and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. She is excited to be part of an excellent team working together to help the community by providing holistic, integrated and compassionate care.  As the first class of a new residency program, she acknowledges challenges due to innovative changes, but believes that ultimately new changes will allow her class to become great physicians. Her focus is on providing the best care for her community. Dr. Salazar’s hobbies include playing sports, reading English literature, and hanging out with family.

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