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Dr. Rene Luna wasn’t born in the Rio Grande Valley, but there’s no doubt that his roots in the community are deep.

Dr. Luna, who has practiced medicine in the Rio Grande Valley since 2015, is considered an expert in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery and a compassionate physician who is one of the best in his field.

Born in Houston and raised in Corpus Christi, Dr. Luna would spend his summers and family vacations in the Valley, where many extended family members still live. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Texas-Pan American, earning his bachelor’s in biology.

After earning his undergraduate degree, he received medical training from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and New York Medical College before pursuing his medical residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore University Hospital.

Dr. Luna always knew he wanted to be a doctor and serve the people in the Rio Grande Valley. Still, he didn’t figure out which area of medicine that would be until he was a medical student studying in a New York City hospital.

“As a medical student, you rotate and practice through all the medical disciplines,” he said. “When I did my OB/GYN rotation, I found myself not wanting to leave the hospital. I didn’t want to stop working. It was fast-paced, and I liked the fast pace. I just fell in love with women’s health, fell in love with delivering babies and taking care of pregnant moms and operating.”

As a medical resident at one of the country’s top OB/GYN programs, Dr. Luna was introduced to advanced surgical technology and techniques by some of the best OBGYNs in the field.

One of Dr. Luna’s influences was Dr. Angela Gonzalez at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore University Hospital in New York City.

“I was a lone medical student from the Valley, and she believed in me,” he said. “She saw how determined I was and gave me extra rotations, and that helped me get my foot in the door.”

Dr. Luna remembers one incident of professionalism when he was performing surgery with Dr. Gonzalez when Dr. Gonzalez learned that her father had suffered a heart attack. While most would have panicked and been consumed with worry, Dr. Luna said she did something that deeply impacted him.

“She stopped what she was doing, and for a few seconds, she cried,” he said. “Then she stopped, dried her eyes, and said, ‘OK Rene, we have to stay professional. We have a job to do. Let’s take care of this lady, and then we can grieve for our family.’ That blew my mind.”

Another of his mentors was Dr. Dennis Kuo, who practiced GYN oncology in New York and taught Dr. Luna all he knew about precision robotic surgery.

“He was a complete badass and stone-cold in the face of danger,” Dr. Luna said. “He taught me to remain in control of a surgery even when things were out of control. He taught me precision, discipline, and readiness. He brought the best out of me as a surgeon.”

His mentors not only taught him well but also brought out the best in him. In 2010, when he was still a resident, Dr. Luna was recognized by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health Albert Einstien College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center in New York City with the Medical Student Teaching Award. Three years later, he was recognized again with the Top Resident Teaching Award.

Dr. Luna finished his OB/GYN residency in 2013 and went to work in Houston at Plaza OB/GYN Associates in the Medical Center, where he was recognized as one of the top physicians in Houston for two years in a row.

He remained in Houston until 2015, when he decided to return home. The recognition of Dr. Luna’s medical expertise and quality care followed him to the Valley.

Since 2019, Dr. Luna has been recognized as one of the top doctors in Texas, and he was recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine as a rising star in OBGYN medicine and Texas Super Doctor. Dr. Luna also has awards from Marquis Who’s Who and was named one of the Top Doctors in America.

“I love to treat my patients as if they were my family. I put my heart and soul into taking care of them,” he said, adding that recognizing his work makes him only want to do and be better. “I am very passionate about performing surgery. It is my art, and I am proud that I have developed this skill to be one of the best in the country.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Luna was recognized for completing his 1,000th robotic surgical case at DHR Health Women’s Hospital. This accomplishment in such a short period makes Dr. Luna one of the most experienced OB/GYN surgeons in Texas. He travels the country teaching and training surgeons in Robotic Surgery.

“I am very proud of this achievement,” he said. “I am very proud that I can bring awareness of what we are doing, here in South Texas, to a national level. This just shows that down here in the Rio Grande Valley, we can compete on a national level.”

Learn more about Dr. Rene Luna and his expertise at reneilunamd.com.