About the physician:
Dennis D. Cantu, M.D. was born and educated in Laredo, TX, having graduated in 1972 from J. W. Nixon High School. He completed his studies in Biology at Baylor University in three years. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, in the accelerated program after three years. Dr. Cantu completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Hospital, the largest hospital in the United States. He became Board-Certified the same year by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Cantu returned to Laredo to live his goal of caring for people in his Specialty regardless of ethnicity, physical challenges or socio-economic status. For decades, at least 30 % of his hospital work has been for the indigent acutely ill patient. Every year he has far surpassed the State requirements for Continuing Medical Education in Internal Medicine. He has served on the Medical Staff Boards of both local hospitals for many years, including several terms as Chief of Staff. He has belonged to the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Internal Medicine and the Association of National EMS Directors.
Dr. Cantu was the proud founding physician of the Laredo Fire Dept. EMS-Paramedic System in Laredo in 1986. He continues to be the only Medical Director of the EMS System in Laredo. The 200 page protocol used by the EMS was written by Dr. Cantu. In 1990, he was elected to the Board of the Laredo Independent School District. There he served for sixteen years including six terms as the President of the Board during the process of rebuilding of all of its schools and along with his fellow Board Members guiding the District through difficult political and economic times. The employees and Board Members named the first entity dedicated to the art of healing the Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School. He has served on various Governmental Committees in our City and previously was a Member of the Laredo Country Club where he served eight years on its Board including two terms as its President during the equally trying times of the 1980’s.
Dr. Cantu is excited about launching the Ideal Protein-affiliated and proven diet for weight loss using healthy protocols. The motto for the program is “Feel Well-Live Well!” He knows this will enhance patient’s self-esteem, well-being and health.