Alfonso Chiscano, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Alfonso Chiscano studied at the German School, Escuelas Pias in Tenerife, Jesuit School in Madrid and National Institute of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. He got his degree in Medicine in 1962 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona thanks to a scholarship from the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife. From 1962 to 1969 he was a general surgeon resident at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. He got his specialty of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the same University in Detroit (1969-1971 ). From 1971 to 1972 he was granted with a scholarship to work directly under the supervision of Dr. Denton Cooley in Houston, a worldwide renowned surgeon. He began his own private practice as a cardiac surgeon in San Antonio, Texas in 1972. Dr. Chiscano and his team performed surgery to more than 6000 patients. Since November 2007, he holds the Alfonso Chiscano Professorship Chair for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He is a senior member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery and American College of Cardiology, past member of the American Medical Association, senior member of the Texas Medical Association and the Bexar County Medical Society, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons being in possession of Board Certified in cardiothoracic surgery in Canada and USA.

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Canadian Board of General Surgery
Canadian Board of Thoracic Surgery


Instituto Nacioñal Ensenanza Media, Tenerife, Spain, 1955
University of Barcelona Medical School, Barcelona, Spain, 1963

Postgraduate training

Rotating Internship, Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI, Detroit, MI, 1963-1964
General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1964-1969
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1969
Clinical Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery, Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas, 1971-1972

Research interests

Simulation lab techniques

Publications & Presentations

Pheochromocytoma--Case Report and Review of Literature Chiscano, A., Armstrong, R.G., Zorrilla, L., Kramer, D. and Aldridge, C. Presented at the Fourth Scientific Symposium Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Houston, 1977.

Sudden Widening of the Mediastinum after Aortic Valve Replacement: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Chiscano, A., Armstrong, R.G., Jefferson, 0S, Schnitzler, R.N. and Stewart, J.R. Presented At the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting (First International Symposium) of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1979.

Combined Vascular Procedures and Cardiac Surgery Chiscano, A., Presented at the 7th Scientific Session, Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, Houston, 1980.

Embolic Complications after Coronary Artery Bypass. Chiscano, A., Roeth, C., and Mittler, B. Presented at the 8th Annual Scientific Symposium (Second International Symposium), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1981.

Major Values in Cardiology, Chiscano, A. Presented at the XI Congreso NacioÒal de la Sociedad Mexicana de Cirujanos del Recto y Colon A.C., Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, 1983.

Use of Intraluminal Sutureless Tube Grafts in the Ascending, Descending and Abdominal Aorta. Chiscano, A. Presented at Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society International Symposium London, September, 1984.


Most outstanding Student, University of Barcelona, Medical School, 1960
Recipient of Medalla del Merito Civil, given by King Juan Carlos of Spain, 1986
Medal of Gold from the Autonomic Government Of the Canary Islands, May 1999
American Heart Association Honoree 1999
Recipient of Isabel the Catholic Medal by King Juan Carlos of Spain, March 2006

Professional societies

Bexar County Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
San Antonio Cardiovascular Society
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
Fellow, American College of Cardiology
American College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons, General Surgery (Canada)
Royal College of Surgeons, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (Canada)