Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas has over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine and healthcare management. Raised in McAllen, TX, Cardenas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Austin College in Sherman, TX. Dr. Cardenas graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and began his career as a resident at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX in 1985. Cardenas eventually made his way back to the Rio Grande Valley and co-founded South Texas Gastroenterology Associates in 1992. Dr. Cardenas currently practices at Renaissance Gastroenterology, where he provides consultative services and performs endoscopy. Dr. Cardenas was one of the original physicians who formed Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, where he served as the interim Chief Executive Officer from January 1 - December 31, 2013. As he continues serving as the Chairman of the Board, Cardenas provides leadership while addressing key challenges and establishing policies of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and corporate ethics. In addition to his expansive role at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Dr. Cardenas served as President of the Hidalgo–Starr Medical Society in 2001 and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association in 2005. In 2013, Dr. Cardenas was elected Chairman of the Board for the Texas Medical Association. He was awarded “Man of the Year” by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce in 2013.