Medical Pros Honored for Decades of Service to Patients
By Ellie Leeper
Photography by Greg Harrison
Three doctors were recently honored in the home of Deborah and Morris Miller for the Patient Institute’s Elegant Evening in San Antonio and these “South Texas Physician Pioneers” were lauded for their decades of service to their patients in very different fields.
Dr. Sheldon Braverman is the first retinal disease specialist in South Texas whose warm personal manner and state-of-the-art patient care has characterized his practice for over five decades—since 1968. Dr. Howard Britton, a compassionate pediatrician, is the first pediatric hematologist-oncologist in the region and was crucial in the establishment and growth of The Howard A. Britton MD Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, as well as the growth of the Ronald McDonald House. While Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa is a visionary physician and an educational leader who has been dedicated to caring for his patients for more than five decades. He has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of medical institutions such as the Laredo Medical Center, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University.
These three honorees embody the “patient first” spirit of the late Dr. Irving Ratner, whose memory is honored by The Patient Institute. Ratner was the first pediatric surgeon in South Texas and cared for thousands of patients and their families. This annual awards ceremony pays tribute to his memory and success as a physician, and honors current physicians who are living his legacy. Dr. Adam Ratner, Chairman and Co-Founder of The Patient Institute explained that, “These three physicians are being honored for their many decades of exemplary dedication and compassionate service to their patients. They serve as true role models for physicians and other caregivers in this time of difficulty and confusion in our healthcare system.”
Founded in 2008, The Patient Institute is an independent non-for-profit charitable research and educational institution whose mission is to empower patients and their caregivers to navigate the healthcare system. The Institute accomplishes it’s mission by providing free educational programs, developing and disseminating healthcare navigation tools, and performing research both directly and in partnership with other organizations in the community. The evening owes a special thanks to the Visionary Level sponsors of the Laredo Medical Center, Adam, Joan and Varda Ratner, and to Shari Pulman, the evening’s event chair.