We started our clinic in 1996, with the goal of providing healthcare to the residents of South Texas and their families. Our journey in Texas started in San Antonio, where we started our first surgical practice. Dr. Jaso has successfully completed several thousand surgeries in his accomplished career.
Rene G Jaso MD, ABIM, FACS
Dr. Jaso was born and raised in Refugio, Texas; he graduated from Texas A&I (now Texas A&M at Kingsville) in 1970 with a degree in Chemistry & Biology and a commission in the United States Army. In 1973 he graduated with an M.D. from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University. While in medical school Dr. Jaso was instrumental in the founding of several indigent care clinics in rural Michigan. Following an internship at the Hurley Medical Center, a University of Michigan and Michigan State University teaching hospital, he served as a flight surgeon in the United States Army; he supported the Presidential Flight Detachment and he was
deployed to Northern Africa in support of special operations.
While in the United States Army and in-country he combined his military medicine with an extensive experience in obstetrics and emergency medicine. Following his military commitment Dr. Jaso did an internal medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He established a thriving practice in Beeville, Texas from 1980 through 1986; he worked as a general practitioner garnering a broad clinical experience. Dr. Jaso decided to train in surgery and join the United State Air Force in order to achieve that goal. Initially, in the USAF he served as internist on the teaching staff; he then secured and completed a residency in general surgery. Following his surgical training Dr. Jaso was asked to join the surgical teaching staff; aside of his surgical resident teaching responsibilities, he deployed and taught internationally, he supported and trained special operations teams and he was instrumental in the redefining of mobile surgical teams designed to function in support of combatants in the far forward arena. Dr. Jaso was very involved in humanitarian missions and travel to countries saddled with civil unrest; his tasking was to teaching critical skills and to foster good will on the part of our government.
Dr. Jaso elected to leave active duty in 1996, he joined the surgical staff at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio while establishing his general surgery practice in San Antonio. He remained in the reserve forces until March 2008 when he retired as Commander of the 433d MDS at the 433 AirLift Wing. While in the reserve military Dr. (Col) Jaso deployed numerous times to include two tours in Iraq: Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had the privilege of applying his education, dual board certification, organizational skills and clinical “know how” in medicine and surgery for those in harms way. Dr. (Col) Jaso served as an in-theater combat surgeon, he traveled through out Iraq to forward medical treatment facilities and facilitated utilization of a casualty tracking and transfer system that remains in place to this day. On two occasions while in Iraq he was interviewed by Discovery Health and the program has been televised numerous times. Dr. Jaso organized a team and co-authored a critical life saving skills in the austere environment course that he delivered repeatedly internationally; the course is now sponsored by the Department of Defense and continues to be taught by the military world wide. Dr. Jaso has maintained a high level of interest in military medicine and he considers his service in Iraq a high light of his personal, military and professional maturation. He is in the process ofjoining the Texas Medical Guard, he continues to teach critical skills and he is a consultant to organizations serving in locations predisposed to armed conflict.
Dr. Rene G. Jaso and his wife, Alma Nelly, of thirty seven years are the parents of: Andrea Michelle Raetzer (New York, NY), Ricardo Joel Jaso (Middle East), and Michaela Alma Scott (Austin, Tx). They have two grand children: Michaela Louvyne Raetzer and Joseph Rene Raetzer.
Dr. Jaso’s practice pivots on the treatment of non-acute and critically ill surgical patients. He has methodically expanded his practice into select areas of aesthetic surgery to include:
- Weight loss (bariatric) surgery: laprascopic gastric banding, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass
- Vein treatments: treatment of venous disease (VNUS)
- Aesthetic treatments of facial resurfacing (SmartXide)
- Liposuction (SmartLipo/MicroAire)
- Autologous fat transfer