RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – The esteem in which Dr. Antonio “Tony” Falcon, MD, is held in his native Starr County was on display at a recent VIP luncheon held at the Julabe Ballroom in Rio Grande City.

Community leaders came together to recognize the Dr. Falcon’s decades of service and to celebrate his recent appointment as a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine. 

Among those to praise Dr. Falcon were Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Starr County Industrial Foundation President Rose Benavidez. In an interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Eduardo Olivarez, Hidalgo County Health & Human Services Chief Administrative Officer, also paid tribute. 

The Baylor College of Medicine has a brief biography of Dr. Falcon.

“Dr. Antonio “Tony” Falcon is a family medicine specialist in Rio Grande City with more than 44 years of experience in healthcare. He attended Baylor University and then earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine before completing a family medicine residency in Waco. After completing his training, he returned to the Rio Grande Valley, where he grew up. Falcon is affiliated with Doctors Hospital Renaissance and Starr County Memorial Hospital. He was a presidential appointee to the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, served on the Texas Health and Human Services Council and has mentored medical students through the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. Falcon was named the Family Physician of the Year by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians in 2015.”

Dr. Falcon said: “I would like to thank the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I look forward to participating in expanding Baylor’s vision of excellence in medical education and community service.”

The VIP luncheon also served as a celebration of Operation Lone Star, the full-scale emergency training exercise led by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas State Guard.

OLS has taken place annually for the past two decades in various cities along the South Texas border. Tens of thousands of free medical services are administered to thousands of underserved and uninsured individuals. Services include immunizations, blood pressure checks, diabetes screening, hearing and vision exams, medical evaluations, sports physicals, dental services, veteran services, mental health services, nutrition education, and smoking cessation.

Here is a podcast on the tribute to Dr. Falcon:

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