J. Travis Mendel, M.D.(inset photo) and Christopher Olivares, D.O. | Photos courtesy RGU

RGU’s newest physicians bring their expertise home to El Paso

Two new physicians recently joined Rio Grande Urology Medical and Surgical to help impact healthcare in the communities where they were raised.

J. Travis Mendel, M.D., and Christopher Olivares, D.O., – both originally from El Paso – returned and joined the team this summer, and are helping expand RGU’s services for patients.

As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Mendel looks forward to joining the collegial environment at the RGU Radiation Center to help keep radiation oncology on the cutting edge. He returns to El Paso following completion of his radiation oncology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“I’m hoping to bring back some of these novel treatment techniques to provide additional  effective and efficient treatment options for patients in the community,” he said.

Following completion of his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Mendel went on to complete a Doctorate of Medicine at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. From there, he participated in a transitional year internship at Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program in Arizona before returning to Texas for his residency.

As a urologist at RGU, Dr. Olivares specializes in general urology, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, and incontinence, as well as kidney and testicular cancer. His skill set includes minimally invasive surgery, an area he honed during his residency at John Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.

“My goal from the beginning when going to med school was to come back and serve El Paso,” said Dr. Olivares, a third-generation El Pasoan who is thrilled to be working alongside RGU’s highly respected physicians. “It’s a really good environment for collaboration. This enhances the client’s experience as well. All the resources are there and being shared by the team.”

Dr. Olivares completed his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering Concentration at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He then went on to get his Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating with honors from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.

Rio Grande Urology Medical and Surgical is the largest group practice serving West Texas and Southern New Mexico. RGU’s specialties include robotic surgery, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, and urinary tract infection.