Why Choose Us

“To provide exceptional women’s healthcare in an inviting, patient-centric environment which incorporates innovative technology and employs caring physicians and staff through a cultivated team approach for a lifetime of care.” 

— IFWH’s Mission Statement


A Collection of Experienced OBGYN Physicians

The Institute for Women’s Health was formed May 1, 1996. Groundwork and planning by the founding physicians began more than a year earlier in April 1995.

The founding partners of the Institute for Women’s Health included Dr. Carlos A. Cardenas and Dr. Orlando J. Suris from the Alamo Women’s Center, Dr. Cesar Reyes and Dr. Ronald A. Valdez from Live Oak OB/GYN, and Dr. Joseph R. Garza from the Advanced Fertility Clinic. Dr. Celyna D. Delgado and Dr. Michael J. Troy also joined the practice at this time as obstetrics and gynecology physicians.

As time progressed, the group added additional experienced physicians and continued to merge practices. Dr. Valentin Almendarez was the first new physician hired by the group just two months after the Institute for Women’s Health was formed. In April 1998, Dr. Evangeline Ramos-Gonzales joined the practice. Later that year, Dr. Jose M. Ruiz also relocated his OB/GYN practice from Tucson, Arizona, while Dr. Karen M. Carcamo joined in August 1999. In July 2001, the Institute for Women’s Health merged with the practices of Dr. Victor L. Casiano and Dr. Henry Garza III., and welcomed Dr. Eduardo R. Raez later that month.

The group also merged the staff and best practices that each practice had to offer, expanding to become the premiere OB/GYN and fertility practice in the region.

A History of Exceptional Women’s Healthcare

The Institute for Women’s Health is now San Antonio’s largest OB/GYN and fertility practice with eight medical offices throughout the city offering a full range of obstetrical, gynecological and fertility services. The practice employs 30 experienced and dedicated OB/GYN physicians, one nurse practitioner and eight sonographers.

Why Choose the Institute for Women’s Health

Physicians with the Institute for Women’s Health are specialists in their fields, including obstetrics, gynecology, fertility and urogynecology. By staying ahead of the curve on the latest trends and treatments for women’s health-related issues, they consistently offer the most advanced options for comprehensive women’s healthcare services. The Institute for Women’s Health physicians are widely recognized throughout the community as experts in women’s health, with accolades from  KSAT, KABB Fox San Antonio, WOAI News 4 San Antonio and SA Scene Magazine.

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