St. David's Medical Center
September 05, 2023

Austin, TX — St. David’s Medical Center has named Rodolfo “Rudy” O. Garza, MD as its new chief medical officer. Dr. Garza assumed his role on August 28, 2023.

Dr. Garza most recently served as the chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital Northeast, a 237-bed acute care facility in San Antonio. In this role, he implemented a number of initiatives and processes to significantly improve the hospital’s clinical performance, including creating advanced patient treatment plans to better support cardiothoracic surgery and oncology services and leading multidisciplinary rounds to improve patient care and throughput to reduce the length of stay for patients.

“Dr. Garza has a proven track record of improving clinical results during his nearly two decades in hospital leadership roles,” Todd Steward, chief executive officer of St. David’s Medical Center, said. “Under his guidance, patients at St. David’s Medical Center will continue to receive the highest standard of medical care.”

Prior to his role at Methodist Hospital Northeast, Dr. Garza served as an associate chief medical officer at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, and he was a medical director of a dialysis unit and an executive partner of San Antonio Kidney. He also served in various physician leadership roles, including chief of medicine and chief of staff, at Methodist Hospital Stone Oak.

Dr. Garza is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garza is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.