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Luis Fernandez, MD, General Surgery, Tyler, TX, UT Health North Campus Tyler


General Surgery Tyler, TX

Burn, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Trauma Surgery & Surgical Critical Care

University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler, Texas.

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  • Office

    UT Health East Texas Physicians Tyler - Trauma Surgery
    100 EAST IDEL ST
    Tyler, TX 75701
    Phone(903) 535-2902
    Fax(903) 535-9217
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  • Dr. Luis Fernandez, M.D., KHS, KCOEG, FACS, FASAS, FCCP, FCCM, FICS, is a Professor of Surgery, Dept. of Surgery, UT Health Science Center-Tyler, Texas. He serves as Trauma Surgeon, Medical Director, Trauma Wound Care, UT Health – Tyler, TX. He is a Member, American College of Surgeons National Committee on Trauma. Dr. Scott Norwood and Dr. Fernandez co-founded both trauma programs in Tyler, TX.

    Dr. Fernandez served as Director of Trauma Surgery / Trauma Surgeon-in-Chief, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Tyler, TX, Chairman, Div. of Trauma surgery/Surgical Critical Care, Chairman Emeritus, Div. of Trauma / Acute Care Surgery, Associate Medical Trauma Director, Chief Flight Surgeon, Chief of Trauma / SICU at CHRISTUS MFH from 1993-2019. He is Board Certified in General Surgery / Surgical Critical Care, Forensic Traumatology and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Dr. Fernandez served as Clinical Assistant Prof. of Surgery and Family Practice at the UTHCT, Tyler from 1983-2019. He is an Adjunct Clinical Prof. of Nursing and Medicine at U.T. Arlington School of Nursing, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Prof., Dept. of Medical Education, UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Prof., Dept. of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions, UNT, Fort Worth, TX and has been an Assistant Prof. of Surgery at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois.

    He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons among many other organizations, and is well-p in peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Fernandez is a highly decorated Texas Medical Ranger, a retired Brigadier General in the Texas State Guard, and Commander of the TXSG Medical Brigade from 2009-2014. He serves as Vice Chairman, State Guard Association of the United States Medical Academy and is Commander Emeritus, Texas Commandery, Military Order of Foreign War
  • Luis G. Fernandez, MD, FACS, FASAS, FCCP, FCCM, FICS

    American Board of Surgery, The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, Certifications: General Surgery / Surgical Critical Care.

Education & Training

  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
    McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern UniversityChief Residency, Surgery, 1989 - 1990
  • Columbus Hospital
    Columbus HospitalResidency, Surgery, 1987 - 1990
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at ChicagoResidency, Surgery, 1985 - 1987
  • Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital
    Loyola Medicine MacNeal HospitalInternship, Transitional Year, 1984 - 1985
  • Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
    Universidad Autonoma de GuadalajaraClass of 1983
  • University of Miami
    University of MiamiB.S., 1979

Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 1994 - 2024
  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 1984 - 2014
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery Surgical Critical Care
  • National Board of Physicians and Surgeons Surgery
  • National Board of Physicians and Surgeons Surgical Critical Care

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Knight Commander of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia HRH Prince David Bagrationi Mukhran Batonishvili, 2013
  • Daughters of the American Revolution nominee for the DAR Americanism Medal 2010
  • Sons of the American Revolution, Emergency Medical Services Commendation Medal Captain William Barron, Tyler, Texas Chapter, 2007
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Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Inferior Vena Caval Thrombosis  
    Fernandez LG,Geehan,DM, E Medicine for WEB MD on – line journal:, 12/29/2008
  • If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a trauma computerized tomography panel worth?  
    Aucar, L. Fernandez, C. Wagner-Mann, The American Journal of Surgery, 12/2007
  • Temporary Abdominal Closure Techniques  
    Luis G Fernandez, MD, FACS, FASAS, FCCP, FCCM, FICS,, E Medicine for WEB MD on – line journal:, 8/10/2002
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Books/Book Chapters


  • A Prospective Analysis of Infection Rates Using Antiseptic-Bonded Central Venous Catheters.
    Norwood, S., Wilkins, H., Fernandez, L., Vallina, Van L, Richart, Charles, Critical Care Medicine, 26:A44, 7/1998
  • A Prospective Analysis of Infection Rates Using Antiseptic-Bonded Central Venous Catheters
    Scott Norwood, M.D., Harry E. Wilkins, III, M.D., Van L. Vallina, M.D., Luis G. Fernandez, M.D., Charles Richart, M.D., 27th Annual Educational and Scientific Symposium of Critical Care Medicine, San Antonio, TX, 1/1/1998
  • Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheotomy in 300 Critically Ill Patients: Lessons Learned
    Luis Fernandez, M.D., Scott Norwood, M.D., Van Vallina, M.D., Harry Wilkins, and M.D., 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL, 1/1/1997
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  • Total Management of the Open Abdomen, Negative Pressure Therapy in Burns and Complex Wounds 
    Bogota, Colombia - 1/14/2013
  • Changing the Standard of Care for Mangement of the Open Abdomen: New Research Revealed from the Leading Trauma Facilities in the Nation 
    Las Vegas, NV - 1/19/2012
  • Occult Sport Injuries - The Undiscovered Country 
    Tyler, TX - 1/9/2001
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  • Avoiding The Emergency Room this Holiday 
    Fernandez L, KETK TV
  • Trinity Mother Frances Trauma Symposium 
    Fernandez L, KETK TV
  • Heart Related Illnesses 
    Fernandez L, KETK TV

Research History

  • Ethics FellowEthics Fellow, Scholar-in-Resident, Center for Clinical Ethics - Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge Illinois – June 1992 to October 19931992 - 1993
  • Research FellowClinical Research Fellow, Lutheran General Hospital, "Treatment and Diagnosis of Blunt Aortic Injury at Lutheran General Hospital" - July 1991 to December 1993. Grant: $4,450.00 - Lutheran General Foundation Clinical Research Support.1991 - 1993

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations