Maria Alejandra Bacalao, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Division of Rheumatic Diseases.

Dr. Bacalao holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Rice University in Houston. She then earned a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of California-Berkley. She received her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago before returning to UT Southwestern for fellowship training in rheumatology.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Bacalao joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2020.

Dr. Bacalao’s research interests include lupus and other rheumatologic autoimmune diseases.


Other Post Graduate Training
University of California Berkeley (2011)
Graduate School
University of California Berkeley (2011)
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2015)
University of Chicago Medical Center (2018), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Rheumatology

Research Interest

  • Lupus

Honors & Awards

  • North Texas Latino American Physicians Association Scholarship
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholarship

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Rheumatology (2020-2021)