Carlos Godinez, MD

Dr Godinez2Dr. Carlos Godinez earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1996, where he received the Herman Barnett Award for Surgery. He completed residency in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he served as Chief Resident from 2004-2005. Dr. Godinez and his family resided in Okinawa, Japan from 2005-2007, during which time he served the 3rd Marine Logistics Group as senior surgeon, as well as staff surgeon for US Naval Hospital Okinawa.

Dr. Godinez completed a 2-year fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore from 2007-2009, where he was appointed Clinical Instructor in Surgery. In 2010 Dr. Godinez deployed to Afghanistan as Officer-in-Charge of a Forward Surgical Team in Zabul province, leading 27 U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Romanian Army personnel in wartime resuscitation and emergency surgery techniques. Commander Godinez and his team treated nearly 500 patients, performing over 150 life- and limb-saving operations during their service in this highly volatile region.

From 2011 – 2013 Dr. Godinez was assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Department Head for General Surgery, and TeamSTEPPS Physician Champion for the entire command structure of over 3,000 personnel. While in Jacksonville Dr. Godinez designed and implemented an innovative multi-disciplinary Morbidity & Mortality program, certified for AMA CME credit, and the first such program ever established in a Naval Hospital.

Dr. Godinez is the only living Naval officer known to have served as both pilot and surgeon in separate wartime engagements (Desert Storm, 1991, and Afghanistan, 2010). He is also a designated Naval Flight Surgeon. He retired from the Navy in 2013 and entered private practice in San Antonio, Texas that same year. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, and a member of numerous medical and surgical societies. He has authored and contributed to numerous scientific articles, including a chapter in Schwartz’ Textbook of Surgery. He has been an invited speaker and scientific presenter at several national surgical conferences, to include the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons Scientific Session, Innovations in the Surgical Environment, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality TeamSTEPPS Conference.

Dr. Godinez’ areas of clinical expertise include Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management, Advanced Laparoscopy and gastrointestinal operations, hernia repair, as well as surgical ergonomics and team performance. He is married to Dr. Teresa Godinez, an Internist specializing in Urgent Care. They and their three children reside in the San Antonio area.