Dr. Cardenas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in his hometown of Corpus Chritisi, TX. He studied biochemistry in college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. He completed medical school at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. After completing his internal medicine training at UTSW, he started his current position as one of the chief residents of the internal medicine program. He plans to pursue pulmonary and critical care medicine with the long term goal of becoming an academic clinician in the field. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Maeghan Gibson, who is serving on the hospitalist faculty at Clement’s hospital.


Medical School
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (2014)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2021), Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Research Interest

  • Chronic Critical Illness
  • Lymphangioleomyomatosis
  • Severe Snake Envenomation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Hemorrhagic Shock Due to Ruptured Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Cardenas, C., Femnou, L., Ruggiero, R. Critical Care Medicine 2019 837 47
A Case of Sporadic Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Confirmed by Thoracentesis
Cardenas, C., Ochoa, C., Girod, C. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2016 193
Musculoskeletal Manifestations in Primary Care
Cardenas CP, Burge S, Kizerian G. Family Medicine 2013 45

Honors & Awards

  • 1st Place, Medical Jeopardy Team
    UT Southwestern (2017)
  • 2nd Place, Case Report, 1st Annual Seldin Symposium
    UT Southwestern (2016)
  • 2nd Place, Medical Jeopardy Team
    UT Southwestern (2016)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians (2014)
  • American Medical Association (2012)
  • Texas Medical Association (2012)