U. of Texas Chancellor Keeps Connected to His Past as a Doctor

U. of Texas Chancellor Keeps Connected to His Past as a Doctor 1

Photograph by Mark Greenberg

"As a surgeon, you have to be a great listener," says Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of the U. of Texas, who spends one weekend a month on call at the university hospital.

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Photograph by Mark Greenberg

"As a surgeon, you have to be a great listener," says Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of the U. of Texas, who spends one weekend a month on call at the university hospital.

Francisco G. Cigarroa is looking remarkably fresh on a recent Sunday morning, considering that he finished transplanting a liver at 1:30 a.m.

He reviews a patient's chart with a team of medical residents and students, asking questions about her treatment, her symptoms, and any changes they would recommend in her medication. He listens attentively, peering out over black-rimmed glasses, and takes notes.

Then he slips on a sterile gown and gloves and steps into the elderly