When bombs exploded near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dr. Jorge Alvarez, a volunteer in the medical tent, ran toward the melee to help the injured. Still, he doesn’t consider himself a hero, even though his friends, family and colleagues do. (His son gave him a Superman cape as a gift.)
A true product of NISD, Dr. Alvarez attended Howsman Elementary School, Hobby Middle School, and graduated from Clark High School in 1992. After high school, he took a job at a local car wash, where the owner offered to pay for his college expenses so long as he continued to work part-time for him.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, he went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Alvarez is double-boarded in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He and a colleague were the first in the region to perform a procedure that eliminates the need for open-heart surgery for eligible candidates.
He is married to Becky, a marathon runner, and they have two sons.