Dr. Alvarez received specialty training at Baylor Scott & White, and he worked with an innovator and specialist in the field of endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). That training has helped him to establish himself as a gastroenterologist in San Antonio.
Although all aspects of gastrointestinal disease fascinate Dr. Alvarez, he is especially interested in pancreatic and biliary diseases. Because of his specialized training, Dr. Alvarez has the advantage of diagnosing and treating a wide range of pancreatic and biliary diseases. Endoscopic ultrasound is a great tool that allows him to view, evaluate, and biopsy organs and benign or malignant tumors, both within and outside of the gastrointestinal tract. The use of endoscopic ultrasound in combination with ERCP has decreased the need for ERCP as a diagnostic tool over time, thus minimizing the associated risk of performing this particular procedure.
When he’s not working, Dr. Alvarez enjoys many different types of exercise, including weight lifting, golf, basketball, tennis, snowboarding, and riding his mountain bike. He also likes to listen to live music.
Education, Memberships and Affiliations
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Trinity University – San Antonio, TX
- Master of Public Health: University of Texas Houston School of Public Health – Houston, TX
- Doctor of Medicine: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine – San Antonio, TX
- Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine – San Antonio, TX
- Fellowship in Gastroenterology: Baylor Scott and White Health Central Texas – Killeen, TX
- American Medical Association
- Texas Medical Association
- American College of Gastroenterology
- American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Officer and member of Gastrointestinal Interest Group (2011-2012)
- Vice President (2009) and member of Latino Medical Student Association
I think education is key to good patient care. We live in a fast-paced environment and sometimes this aspect of patient care gets lost in the shuffle. It’s important to me to take the time necessary to make sure my patients understand the disease that affects them. Education is really empowering and allows them to take control of their health and overall wellbeing.
- Internal Medicine
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS
- Joined practice in 2018
- Practicing medicine since 2012