Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D.

Board Secretary
Appointed By:
Lieutenant Governor
February 10, 2020 - January 31, 2025 
Subcommittee Membership:
Board Governance, Prevention (Chair)

Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, native of Pharr, was elected into office in 2015, re-elected in 2019, and is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Pharr, representing one of the largest cities in South Texas. Hernandez is a pediatric surgeon, bariatric surgeon, director of surgical services, hospital compliance officer, and business professional by trade. As mayor, Dr. Hernandez values the importance of creating partnerships with neighboring communities, private industry, and local school districts. He continues to be a tireless advocate for expanding educational opportunities, promoting jobs and economic development, enhancing international trade and commerce, and improving transportation and infrastructure. As mayor, Hernandez has helped Pharr emerge as a regional leader in South Texas and on the state, national, and international levels. Under Hernandez’s leadership, Pharr has secured more than $400 million dollars in state and federal funding for major transportation, infrastructure, and bridge projects. Hernandez was instrumental in leading efforts to merge South Texas’ three Metropolitan Planning Organizations into the Rio Grande Valley MPO, where he now serves as Chair. Hernandez continues to forge partnerships with all industries and at all levels, working together to provide opportunities for Pharr residents and families to thrive.

Hernandez graduated from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School in 1986 and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Texas-Pan American in 1990. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 1995, and completed his residency and obtained a Master’s Degree in Medical Science from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Hernandez returned to the Rio Grande Valley in 2004, and is presently the Medical Director of Surgical Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, practicing pediatric surgeon at Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Edinburg Children’s Hospital, and Chief Medical Compliance Officer at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

Hernandez is married to Christina Hernandez of San Juan, Texas; they have been blessed with a son, Joseph Matthew, and reside in Pharr, Texas.