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UT Health East Texas Physicians Tyler - Trauma Surgery

1020 E. Idel St.
Tyler, TX 75701

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

UT Health Tyler

1000 S. Beckham Ave.
Tyler, TX 75701

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 is The University of Texas-Tyler School of Medicine Bill Barrett Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery. He serves as Trauma Surgeon and Medical Director of Trauma Wound Care, at UT Health East– 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, 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 is a decorated Texas Medical Ranger, a retired Brigadier General in the Texas State Guard and commanded the TXSG Medical Brigade / Medical Rangers 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 Wars.


Professor of Surgery, Dept. of Surgery, Div. of Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler, Texas
The University of Texas-Tyler School of Medicine Bill Barrett  Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery 
Director, Trauma Wound Care, UT Health East, Tyler, Texas
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dept. of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nursing, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medical Education Health Science Center, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, 
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Health Professions, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, Texas
Member, ACS National Committee on Trauma
Vice-Chairman, State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) Medical Academy
Commander Emeritus, Texas Commandery, MOFW
Brigadier General, (Ret/HR)
Past Commanding General, TXSG Medical Brigade / Medical Rangers, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

Dr. Fernandez is employed as a clinical faculty physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler under the UT Tyler School of Medicine.

Board Certifications: 

American Board of Surgery, Board Certification

The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons, Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Board Certification


General Surgery Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago

General Surgery Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago

Doctor of Medicine: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico

Pre-Medical Studies: University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

American College of Physicians, Fellow

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, Fellow

Inter-American College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fellow

International College of Surgeons, Fellow

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Fellow