Jose E Cavazos, MD, PhD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 11/22/2021

Dr. José E. Cavazos was born in Monterrey, Mexico, where he later attended medical school. He then pursued a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying brain plasticity in models of epilepsy, graduating in 1993. He then pursued a neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy fellowship at Duke University Medical Center completing his training in 1997. He is board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Dr. Cavazos came to UT Health San Antonio in 2000, where he earned several research awards including a NINDS K08, a VA Merit Award, and created the San Antonio VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence. Dr. Cavazos has served in numerous NIH Study Sections for the past two decades and participated as a voting member of FDA Advisory Panels of neurological drugs and devices. In 2017, the American Epilepsy Society presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, and in 2020, he was elected into the UT System Shine Academy of Health Educators. He served as the AAMC MD/PhD Section chair and President of the National Association of MD/PhD programs for 2020-21.


Since 2011 Dr. Cavazos has directed the MD/PhD program at UT Health San Antonio in 2012. He reorganized the program and grew it into a nationally recognized Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) receiving NIH funding in 2018, and recently receiving an outstanding impact score for the renewal of the MSTP award (2022-27). Dr. Cavazos has also served as Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship since 2005, an ACGME fellowship that has been commended with no citations every year since 2016. Dr. Cavazos was UTHSA CTSA KL-2 program director between 2014 and 2018, and contributed to our successful NIH renewal. Finally, Dr. Cavazos joined the efforts of our Glen Biggs Alzheimer’s Institute that is led by Dr. Sudha Seshadri, and became the Core Leader for the Research Education Component in 2020, which recently received funding as the South Texas ADRC for 2021-26. He has served as an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Long School of Medicine (LSOM) for the MD/PhD program since 2012. In 2022, he was promoted to Associate Dean for Research at the LSOM overseeing research training during residency.