PRMA’s Dr. Oscar Ochoa awarded United ISD’s League of Legends Distinguished Alumni Award
By: Courtney Floyd
PRMA’s Dr. Oscar Ochoa has been awarded United ISD’s League of Legends Distinguished Alumni Award!
This award recognizes the achievements of successful graduates and their notable contributions to their profession and community. He was recognized at a dinner held in his honor in Laredo, Texas on Thursday night.
Dr. Oscar Ochoa is a 1992 graduate of United High School. While attending United High School, he was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and lettered in track & field and was named All-District linebacker for the United Longhorns football team. Dr. Ochoa attended and graduated Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science. After completing his undergraduate degree he went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2001, where he co-authored seminal studies involving ultrasound-assisted lipectomy and treatment of common hand infections. He commenced his surgical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in General Surgery. With a strong interest in research, Dr. Ochoa was granted an NIH-sponsored research fellowship to perform basic science studies in skeletal muscle physiology, angiogenesis and immunology in 2005 leading to various scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He subsequently acquired a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation in 2007 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Ochoa completed residency in 2009 and obtained board certification in General Surgery in 2010.
After completing General Surgery residency, Dr. Ochoa continued his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Harboring a keen interest in microvascular reconstruction, Dr. Ochoa performed over 100 free tissue transfer reconstructions during his comprehensive training. Spending a significant portion of his training at world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Ochoa learned cutting-edge surgical techniques used for varied types of breast reconstruction. He completed residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in June 2011 and joined Plastic Reconstructive and Microsurgical Associates (PRMA) in San Antonio the same year in addition to becoming Director of Research for PRMA. Dr. Ochoa became board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2013 and has achieved the prestigious status of fellow with the American College of Surgeons (FACS).
“The League of Legends Distinguished Alumni Program recognizes exceptional graduates of our District who have set themselves apart by making extraordinary contributions to the communities they serve,” said United ISD Superintendent Roberto J. Santos.
Dr. Ochoa is actively conducting various research projects involving breast cancer and has given numerous research presentations at national and regional scientific meetings, including the Surgical Forum at the American College of Surgeons meeting in 2006. He has been the recipient of numerous research awards including the prestigious Cronin Award at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgery meeting in 2010. He is an active member in numerous local/regional and national plastic surgery societies as well as leadership/education committees focusing on treatment and delivery of breast cancer care.
Dr. Ochoa is a contributing member of the HELPS organization which organizes and conducts medical mission trips to Guatemala providing much-needed surgical treatment for patients with congenital deformities and various types of conditions requiring reconstruction. Dr. Ochoa is happily married to Rebecca Ochoa and the proud father of 4 children, Kayla (20 years old), Avery (12 years old), Aiden (9 years old), and Ansley (3 years old).
“What an honor,” Dr. Ochoa expressed when notified of this honor. “It is truly humbling to do something I love and give back at the same time.”