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It is with a heavy heart that Latino Lubbock Magazine announce that local medical doctor, Juan Fitz, a contributor to Latino Lubbock Magazine, died of COVID-19 complications, said Christy Martinez-Garcia, Publisher.

"We are truly broken-hearted to hear the news. We were sure he would pull through, but the doctor that cared for so many fell victim to an unnecessary virus."

Dr. Fitz often wrote for "The Doctor Is In," section of Latino Lubbock Magazine.

Martinez-Garcia said she just couldn't believe that he was gone.

"When we talked after he sent me a message that he had come down with COVID-19, I was counting on talking with him again and sharing his experience. He was good at offering medical advice because he truly loved his patients and he advocated wellness and good health," said Martinez-Garcia.

“I never, never expected to hear this news,” said Martinez-Garcia, who last week also lost her brother-in-law to COVID-19.

"I'm not sure what its going to take for people to listen and respond appropriately to beat this pandemic, but I pray for all front line medical workers and I pray for Dr. Fitz's family."

While more details will come, Martinez-Garcia said that she was certain he was going to get through this and had even asked the public for prayers in the November issue of Latino Lubbock Magazine. She said that they had also highlighted Dr. Fitz in the October issue for being among eight Lubbock physicians and one medical student to be selected to serve in leadership positions for the Texas Medical Association (TMA) while caring for patients and managing medicine’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"What a loss for Lubbock," she said.

She added that Dr. Fitz was active in several groups and projects including serving for a very long time on the Lubbock County Medical Society.

A graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in 1986, Fitz has long been active in promoting and supporting the field of emergency medicine among the larger medical community and the public. Fitz has served as a board member of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians and on TCEP’s Legislative and Section Affairs Committee, as well as working as a spokesperson of ACEP’s Public Relations Committee.

He was also acknowledged by Los Hermanos Familia for his contributions to the medical field and his dedicated service to his patients and emergency room and medical colleagues.

"Our community has lost a dedicated medical professional, a doctor; a family has lost a husband and father; and many of us have lost a true friend."


More details will be provided as they are shared.


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