Valley Loses Much-Loved Physician

When Dr. Jorge Treviño first opened his medical practice in the mid-1950s there were only 20 or so doctors in McAllen.

Along with his longtime partner, Dr. Rafael Garza, Treviño established the McAllen Maternity Clinic, where the two physicians helped grow McAllen and its surrounding cities by delivering tens of thousands of babies. In one 24-hour period, Treviño delivered 19 babies to set a local record–one that could still stand today.

Dr. Treviño died last Sunday at the age of 90. He was caring for patients almost right up until his death.

“Dr Jorge Trevino’s passing brings sadness to all physicians in the Rio Grande Valley. He saw patients up to the middle of this year. Nearly six decades of medical service to our community is a staggering gift of service,” said Rio Grande City physician Jake Margo, incoming president of the Hidalgo Starr Counties Medical Society and President of the Valley Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

“Dr. Trevino served as the Vice President of the Valley Chapter of Texas Academy of Family Physicians and was genuinely loved and respected by his peers. He treated generations of Valley residents who grieve his loss along with the entire medical community.”

Treviño practiced medicine in McAllen for almost 60 years. Before moving to the area in 1950 and establishing a medical practice in 1955, Treviño had been a physician in Reynosa. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1924 and went to medical school there. Following his graduation in 1948, he moved to the border area to fulfill his year of social service near Reynosa. Treviño had come to the United States to complete his residency in family medicine and obstetrics.

Over the years, Treviño held many positions on the staffs of both McAllen Medical Center and Rio Grande Regional Hospital. He also served as director of student health services at the University of Texas-Pan American, for five years. The Dr. Jorge H. Treviño Endowed Scholarship Fund has been set up to benefit local applicants to the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

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