Mission Statement

The Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society is an advocate for the success of physicians and for the continual improvement of community health. The Medical Society works with like-minded organizations to elevate the status for the medical profession locally, in Texas and in the nation. The Medical Society protects and promotes the patient-physician relationship, and seeks to increase access to quality medical care for all person. Believing integrity is essential to all relationships, the Medical Society promotes the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, and patient care.



The Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society was organized and founded in 1934 and received its charter from the Texas Medical Association. The actual founding of the Hidalgo County Medical Society was in 1923 when a group of physicians gathered because of their concern with the status of the profession of medicine locally. They also wanted to work with and through the state association to advance medical knowledge, elevate the standards of the profession, extend the boundaries of medical science and promote public health and protect the lives of fellow citizens. Today, the Society has 700 members. By frequent meetings and interchange of views they may develop intelligent unity and harmony in every phase of their labor to elevate and make effective opinions of the profession in all scientific, legislative, public health, material, and social affairs. In this way, the profession shall continue to merit the respect and support within its own ranks and from the community to which its honorable history and great achievements entitle it.


Member Benefits

Members Benefits: • Information, advice, and sounding board for physicians • Continuing Medical Education opportunities • Liaison with news media and public • Access to TMA and AMA resources • Mailing labels of HSCMS members • Advertising opportunities • Political involvement • Physician referrals • Public Relation and public awareness events • Collegial Activities • Resources for Resident in training • Resources for Medical Students


Executive Board of Directors

• President - Dr. Martin Garza (Pediatrician) • President-Elect – Dr. Sandra Esquivel (Surgeon) • Secretary/Treasurer – Dr. Chevy Lee (Ophthalmologist) • Board of Censors Dr. Joseph McDonald (Pediatrician) Dr. Mario Anzaldua (Family Practice) Dr. Alex Feigl (Urologist) • Dr. Javier ”Jake” Margo, Jr, (Family Practice) Immediate Past President • Dr. Victor Gonzales (ophthalmologist) • Dr. E. Linda Villarreal (Internal Medicine) • Dr. Carlos Cardenas (Gastroenterologist) TMA President-Elect • Dr. Antonio Falcon (Family Practice) • Dr. Rudy Alvarez (Pathologist) • Dr. Mark Gonzalez (Cardiologist) • Dr. Thiendella Diagne (Ob-gyn) • Dr. Sarojini Bose (Pediatrician)


Message from the Executive Director:

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.
Welcome to our website, and welcome to the Society!
Elsie Perez
Executive Director