Center for Medical Tourism Research

CNN Interview (2023)

Example of Recent Research by the CMTR

Vequist Interview on CNN 

 1st Annual Mexican Health Tourism Cluster Survey Results (2023)

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2023 Mexican Health Tourism Cluster Survey Results


The Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR) forms part of the Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. This is the world's premier academic research center devoted to medical tourism / travel research. The center's founder and Director is David George Vequist IV, Ph.D. who is regarded as one of the leading academic speakers and authors on the industry of medical tourism / travel.

Dr Vequist Presentation in Mexico 2022

Vision of the Center

To serve as the premier academic center for Medical Tourism/Travel research in the world. The center will provide high-quality research and thought-leadership in the economic, social justice, and societal impacts of the Medical Tourism/Travel industry. The center will also uphold the Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word: Faith; Service; Innovation; Truth; and Education.

Conference image from MHTC Speech 2022 Malaysia

What Does the Center Do?

The center is aggressively pursuing primary data and accumulating secondary data to support the development of thought leadership, best practices, lessons learned, and policy formulation in the new industries of Health Tourism, Wellness Tourism, Dental Tourism, Medical Tourism, and Retirement Tourism. As part of its purpose, the center will supply stakeholders around the world with leading edge research and the truth about the impacts of this trend on the countries, companies and people involved in this industry through the Center's websites and papers.