Dr. Lyssa Ochoa is a board-certified vascular surgeon and founder of the San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic (The SAVE Clinic) in South San Antonio. She was born and raised along the Texas-Mexico border and attended medical school, general surgery residency, and vascular surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She has been practicing vascular surgery in San Antonio since 2011 when she quickly recognized that the number of diabetes-related amputations in San Antonio occur in rates up to 3 times the statewide rate in some of the city’s most underserved and socioeconomically challenged zip codes. Understanding that collaboration is key to change health outcomes, Dr. Ochoa has partnered with hospitals, managed care organizations, universities, non-profit organizations, local school districts, city council districts, and clinicians of all kinds to develop amputation prevention programs, awareness platforms, and additional resources.
Dr. Ochoa regularly speaks at community engagement seminars, lectures to medical residents, and raises awareness in media such as Texas Public Radio, various news outlets, and newspapers, as well as champions for equitable access to healthcare through engagement with city and state elected officials.