Dr. Aldrete is Professor Emeritus of Gastrointestinal Surgery and was Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1986-1999.


  • 2020 John G. Hunter, M.D.
  • 2018 Jennifer Tseng, M.D.
  • 2017 Michael J. Stamos, M.D., FASCRS
  • 2016 Nathaniel J. Soper, M.D.
  • 2015 Robin McLeod, M.D.
  • 2014 David B. Adams, M.D.
  • 2013 Miguel Angel Mercado, M.D.
  • 2012 Charles J. Yeo, M.D.
  • 2011 H. Randolph Bailey, M.D.
  • 2010 Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D.
  • 2009 Michael G. Sarr, M.D.
  • 2008 Layton F. Rikkers, M.D.
  • 2007 Josef E. Fischer, M.D.
  • 2006 Heidi Nelson, M.D.
  • 2005 Mark A. Talamini, M.D.
  • 2004 John L. Cameron, M.D.
  • 2003 Frank G. Moody, M.D.
  • 2002 Hector Orozco, M.D.


About Joaquin S. Aldrete

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Aldrete attended Centro Universitario Mexico where he received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and his M.D. de­gree from the School of Medicine of the National University of Mexico. He com­pleted a surgical internship and first year residency at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York and subsequently completed a surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic. He also received an M.S. degree in Surgery from the University of Minnesota for postgraduate work at the Mayo Gradu­ate School of Medicine.

Joaquin S. Aldrete, M.D.

From 1971 to 1973 he served as Acting Chief of Surgical Services at Birmingham’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center while he simultaneously worked as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Subsequently, he was Chief of Staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Dean for both Veterans Affairs and the UASOM.