Dr. Javier La Fontaine comes to the Rio Grande Valley from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he served as a professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery and as Fellowship Director of Limb Preservation at Parkland Hospital.
Throughout his medical career, Dr. Fontaine has served as an associate professor at Texas A & M University College of Medicine, chief of podiatric medicine section at Central Texas Veterans Medical Center in Temple, Texas, associate professor of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and division chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and residency program director.
Dr. La Fontaine graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He received a Master’s in Clinical Investigation from UTHSCSA in 2006 and a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in higher education from Liberty University in 2021.
Dr. La Fontaine completed his internship in Primary Podiatric Medicine and residency in Podiatric Surgery at UTHSCSA. He is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM).
G. Javier Cavazos, DPM
Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Clinical Education
Phone: (956) 665-6478
Dr. Javier Cavazos serves as the Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Clinical Education. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Cavazos completed his residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he received specialized training in the management and treatment of the Diabetic Foot. Dr. Cavazos, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, has firsthand knowledge of the devastating effects of diabetes on a Hispanic community and he is most proud of the impact his practice and patient care have had on the RGV over the last 25 years.
Dr. Cavazos is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Podiatric Medicine (ACPM). In 2022, he became the first Mexican-American podiatrist to serve as President of the ACPM.
In 2020, Dr. Cavazos was bestowed one of the highest honors of his profession by being inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and appointed as a Fellow of the Faculty.