Joe G. N. Garcia

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Joe G. N. Garcia
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
El Paso, Texas
Other names Skip
Fields Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Acute Lung Injury, Lung Genetics
Alma mater
  • University of Dallas (B.S.),
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School,
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics,
  • Albany Medical College
Known for genetics of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury
Notable awards Elected Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Joe G. N. ("Skip") Garcia (born 1954) is an American pulmonary scientist and physician. Garcia is an authority on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury.

Biography and career[edit]

Garcia completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Dallas in 1976, and received his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1980. He completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (1980–1983, Francois Abbound MD, Chair) and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Albany Medical College (1983–1985).

Garcia began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler (1985–1988) where he established the first Occupational Lung Center and was subsequently followed his recruitment to Indiana University School of Medicine (1988–1998) where he became the youngest endowed full Professor in Indiana University School of Medicine history (1992) as the Dr. Calvin H. English Professor of Medicine. He later was recognized as one of the highest funded faculty members at that institution and as a staunch advocate for institutional diversity. While at Indiana University he was recognized for his volunteer work with Indiana's migrant farm workers with the Otis Bowen Community Service award (1994).

Garcia subsequently served in several major academic leadership positions including as the Dr. David Marine Professor of Medicine Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, and the Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1998–2005). At Hopkins, he was responsible for transformative research growth in the Division from a level of $2 million/year in NIH funding in 1998 to over $30 million/year and a top national ranking among US academic pulmonary and critical care divisions. He also oversaw a marked increase in diversity both at the institution and within the division. During this time, the number of K08 and K23 physician scientists in the division rose from 1 faculty member in 1998 to 18 K08 and K23 physician scientist faculty members in 2005.

In 2005 was recruited to The University of Chicago at the Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine (2005–2009). During his tenure at the University of Chicago, he oversaw increases in federal grants to over $80 million with the Department of Medicine rising in national rank for federal research funding from No. 25 to #10. During this time the number of K08 and K23 Physician scientists in the department rose from 8 to 35 K08 and K23 physician scientist faculty members in 2009. In addition, he oversaw a more than 300% increase in housestaff diversity in the department’s three residency programs in internal medicine, dermatology and emergency medicine as well marked increases in department faculty diversity.

In February 2010, he was named the Vice Chancellor for Research and Earl M Bane Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and in February 2011 named as the Vice President for Health Affairs. He has focused on reducing health disparities initiating a number of programs designed to deliver personalized medicine to medically underserved populations. Under his leadership, new health care clinics were opened in Englewood[3] and Brighton Park.[4] He served as the founding Director for the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine[5] which again has a large focus on health disparities.

Through his policies and mentorship,Garcia has pursued his advocacy for the training of clinician scientists and the support of minority medical and science students. He has mentored and has sponsored over forty graduate and post-doctoral students and clinician-scientists, as well as over fifty summer students. He has directly served as the mentor for over 15 K08 and K23 physician scientists. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1988 (principal investigator of a program project grant, R01s, etc.). He has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and over 35 book chapters. He is a past president of the Central Society for Clinical Research,[6] a past member of the board of directors for the American Thoracic Society and a member or chairman of several NIH Advisory Council,[7] committees[8] and working groups[9][10] including the NHLBI advisory Council. He served as co-editor in chief for the journal Microvascular Research,[11] as associate editor of the Journal of Organ Dysfunction,[12] and the journal Translational Research,[13] and as Editorial Board member on Endothelium: Journal of Endothelial Cell Research, Medicine, Circulation Research, Physiologic Genomics, Journal of Cardiothoracic-Renal Research, Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, Pulmonary Circulation. He has been elected into a number of honorific societies including the American Clinical and Climatological Association[14] (Vice President), American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of Academic Professors. In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.[15]

In September of 2013, he was appointed Senior Vice President for Health Sciences of The University of Arizona[16] and in March 2014 assumed the role of interim Dean of the College of Medicine. [17]

UA spokesman George Humphrey said Garcia is the principal investigator on federally sponsored research grants totaling more than $9 million per year.[18]


He has received over 25 mentions and awards.

  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academies[19]
  • 2009 Diversity Award from the Association of Professors in Medicine for innovation in promoting diversity in academic medicine[20]
  • 2003 American Thoracic Society Distinguished Scientist Award. This award recognizes Dr. Garcia's "contributions to the understanding of endothelial biology at the basic level", "integrative approach to translate basic findings to the intact lung and to whole animal models", and "role model for individuals who aspire to become clinician scientists"[21]
  • 1990,1992 Henry F. Christian Award for Meritorious Research from the American Federation of Medical Research[24]


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  3. ^ "Open House at New Mile Square Englewood Clinic". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "School-Based Health Center Opens in Brighton Park". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
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  6. ^ "CSCR". CSCR. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Institute Public Advisory Committees". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "NHLBI Working Group Lung Allograft Transplantation". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Workshop on Recruitment and Retention …". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "MVR". October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "Elsevier". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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  17. ^ "AAMC STAT". American Association of Medical Colleges. 
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  20. ^ "Diversity Award APM". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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  22. ^ Excellence in Mentoring Award
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  24. ^ "Henry F. Christian Award". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

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