Since its inception in 1923, the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society has been representing physicians as they treat patients, advance science, maintain the standards of the profession, and protect the public health. The Society, a professional membership organization for physicians who live or work in the upper Rio Grande Valley, has a tradition of activism on behalf of practitioners, and patients. As part of the federation of organized medicine, which includes the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, the Society provides a common ground for physicians across a range of specialties to discuss health care issues of the day and work for the good of the profession and the public.

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Jacob Creth “Jake” Fuller, 83, of McAllen, Texas, passed away on March 20, 2024. He was born on December 27, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York.

Hidalgo Starr Counties Medical Society is deeply saddened to hear Jake Fuller has passed away. He was a longtime leader and pioneer of the Border Health Caucus. He will be missed by so many!

Executive Board

Dennis Slavin, MD
Carlos Palacio, MD
Cristel Escalona, MD
Board of Censors:
Martin Garza, MD, Marissa Gomez-Martinez, MD, Karl C. Bentley, MD
Roel Cantu, MD, Karl C. Bentley, MD, Lenore DePagter, DO, Cristel Escalona, MD, Marissa Gomez-Martinez, MD, Dennis Slavin, MD, Hazem Kanaan, MD, Martin Garza, MD, Carlos Palacio, MD
Alternate Delegate:
Audrey Jones, DO


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