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Board Certifications

Dr. Rios is Board Certified by:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • ASAPS Certificate Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery


  • MD Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 1986-1990
  • BA (Biology) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1986
  • Edinburg High School Valedictorian, Edinburg, TX, 1982


  • Baylor College of Medicine
    1997-98 Hand Surgery Fellowship
  • Tulane University
    1996-97 Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery
  • Tulane University
    1995-96 Resident of Plastic Surgery
  • University of California, Davis, East Bay
    1994-95 Chief Resident of Surgery
  • University of California, Davis, East Bay
    1990-94 General Surgery Internship and Residency

Honors and Awards

  • McAllen & Brownsville Favorite Plastic Surgeon
  • McAllen Chamber of Commerce Best Small Business
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Volunteer Award
  • Plastic Surgery Foundation Maliniac Award
  • Tulane Department of Surgery, Elmo Cerise Award, Best All-Around Surgical Resident
  • Allergan Diamond Award for top 6% Breast Augmentation Practice
  • 2012 Regional Academic Health Center Outstanding Faculty Member award

Dr. Rios is an outstanding member of his community and family man, in addition to being a highly respected and credentialed surgeon. Dr. Rios is a board member of the McAllen Boys and Girls Club and an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 68. McAllen and Brownsville recognize Dr. Rios as their “favorite plastic surgeon”, and he has received the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Best Small Business Award.

Dr. Rios graduated valedictorian of his high school, received his undergraduate schooling in biology at Harvard University and earned his MD at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Dr. Rios then went on to complete a successful residency at UC Davis and a hand surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rios was the Chief Resident of Surgery at UC Davis, and then successfully moved up from Resident Plastic Surgeon to Chief Resident Plastic Surgeon at Tulane University.

Dr. Rios is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He is active in plastic surgery research and has made presentations at the national meetings of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Rios plays the piano and classical guitar. He’s an avid jogger and reader. And he loves dogs.

On June 14, 2012 Dr. Rios was awarded the Regional Academic Health Center Outstanding Faculty Member award. As a faculty member, Dr. Rios has been involved in teaching the next generation of doctors who train in the Rio Grande Valley. The Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of making lives better in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, is comprised of over 200 community physicians that are actively engaged in the education of medical students and residents. Physicians who practice across the Rio Grande Valley serve as part-time and volunteer faculty members of the RAHC, a campus of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. RAHC's faculty members have assisted in the training of over 1000 medical students who have completed rotations in South Texas campus since 2002. Faculty members are selected based on their medical specialties, expertise, years of experience, professional achievements and their willingness to teach.

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