EDINBURG, Texas – Dr. Carlos Cardenas believes DHR Health and Texas A&M University Health can better coordinate their clinical research efforts now two institutions have a new agreement in place.

Cardenas is chairman of the board of directors of DHR Health and a co-founder of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. He participated in a signing ceremony between the two institutions that was held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. 

At the ceremony, DHR and Texas A&M announced an expansion of their collaboration in clinical research and graduate education.

In an exclusive interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, Cardenas spoke about how clinical research will be improved. 

“Of course, we’re bringing our research institute, which is substantial, (thanks to the) tremendous work that Dr. Sohail Rao has done and is continuing to do. I see complete synergy there as we move forward,” Cardenas said.

Dr. Sohail Rao is president and chief operating officer of the DHR Health Institute for Research & Development.

“We certainly have a lot of work on our plate,” Cardenas said. “You heard me talk about how we (the Rio Grande Valley) are Diabetes Central in many ways. Our ability to tackle that particular illness and disease; it is a scourge on our population.”

Cardenas said the DHR Health Institute for Research & Development has a particular focus on hepatocellular carcinoma, otherwise known as liver cancer. Working with Texas A&M that research can only get better, Cardenas argued.

“We have some of the highest numbers, if not the highest numbers in the country. We will be able to make some inroads as we move in that direction as well.”

Additionally, Cardenas said, DHR’s renal transplant program has had “tremendous success.” He said the program “continues to move forward as we continue to eye the future of what we can do and transplant as well.”

Cardenas said this is an exciting time to be a doctor in South Texas.

“I wish I was 35 years old again because this is just an exciting time to be a young person who’s looking forward to training and to find a future in medical career.”

Cardenas added: “I think we’ll see great things come out of this partnership and affiliation as we move forward, as we bring resources together in a synergistic way to help us to find new solutions to old problems.” 

Here is the exclusive video interview the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service secured with Dr. Cardenas following the DHR-Texas A&M signing ceremony:


Editor’s Note: This is the third of a four-part series about the new DHR Health-Texas A&M University Health agreement. Click here to listen to part one. Click here to watch part two. Part Four will be posted next week.

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