Joe G. N. Garcia

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Joe G. N. Garcia
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Born1954 (age 63–64)
Other namesSkip
Alma mater
  • University of Dallas (B.S.),
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (M.D.),
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics,
  • Albany Medical College
Known forgenetics of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury
AwardsElected Member, National Academies of Medicine
Scientific career
FieldsInternal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Acute Lung Injury, Lung Genetics

Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia (born 1954) is an American pulmonary scientist, physician and academic leader.[1] His research is on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury.[2]

Biography and career[edit]

Garcia was born in 1954 in El Paso, Texas and completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Dallas in 1976, where he is noted as one of their notable people. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1980.[3] He completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (1980–1983) 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. He was subsequently recruited as an Associate Professor to Indiana University School of Medicine (1988–1998) where (in 1992) he became the youngest endowed full Professor in Indiana University School of Medicine history as the Dr. Calvin H. English Professor of Medicine. He was locally recognized as a staunch advocate for institutional diversity and for his volunteer work and community service with Indiana's Hispanic migrant farm workers. For these efforts, Garcia received the State of Indiana's Otis Bowen Community Service award (1994) and the Physician Community Service Award (1994) from the Indiana State Medical Association.

In 1998, Garcia was recruited to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine serving in several major academic leadership positions including the Dr. David Marine Professor of Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, and the Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (1998–2005). During his tenure at Division Director (1998 - 2005), Garcia doubled the number of faculty and grants with considerable diversity, including the expansion of PhDs, women and under-represented minorities. He initiated significant growth and expansion in lung transplantation, pulmonary hypertension, adult cystic fibrosis, health care outcomes, vascular biology, asthma and COPD research.[4] Dr. Garcia was awarded the Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2005.[5] He is also responsible for research growth in the Division level of $2 million/year in NIH funding in 1998 and over $30 million/year and a top national ranking among US academic pulmonary and critical care divisions.

In May 2005 Garcia joined The University of Chicago as the Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine.[6] During his tenure as chair (2005 - 2009) Garcia led the strategic growth of the University of Chicago's largest department. Under his leadership, research funding exceeded $80 million annually with the Department's national ranking for federal research rising from #25 to #10 (2005 - 2009). While chair, Garcia directed several initiatives improving the gender, racial and ethnic diversity of the Department's faculty and residency fellowship training programs. h[7] With a dedicated focus on junior faculty development and the physician-scientist career pathway, under Garcia's leadership, the department of Medicine experienced a 200% increase in the number of individually awarded NIH career awards (K-Series). Based on the success of these initiatives, in 2006, Garcia was awarded the Diversity Award from the Bowman Society and the Association of Professors of Medicine.[8] Anticipating the push to precision medicine, Garcia established the Section of Genetic Medicine and recruited Nancy Cox, PhD and the first section chief and launched the Translational Research Initiative in the Department of Medicine (TRIDOM).,[9] a large-scale sample collection effort enabling investigators to link clinical information on health and disease status to biological samples.[10]

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 overseeing an almost $400 million research portfolio (70% biomedical research). He launched a broad strategic plan that drove the creation of new institutes and centers focused on precision medicine, health disparities and bioinformatics. In February 2011 Garcia was named the first University of Illinois-Vice President for Health Affairs.[11] Reporting only to the President of the University of Illinois, he oversaw a $1.5 billion enterprise in total annual clinical operating revenues and expenses. He successfully implementd a complete rebranding to form the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System, and integrated system that included a University hospital, a VA hospital, over 60 outpatient care clinics, 12 federally, qualified health centers, 7 health science colleges and 4 regional campuses.[12][13] Under his leadership, new health care clinics were opened in Englewood[14] and Brighton Park.[15] He served as the founding Director for the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine which again has a large focus on health disparities.

In December 2010 he founded Aqualung Therapeutics, designed to develop new therapies for the critically ill.[16]

In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (Now known as the National Academy for Medicine)[17]

In 2013, Garcia was recruited to the University of Arizona as the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Merlin K. DuVal Endowed Professor of Medicine.[18] Garcia led the strategic integration of undergraduate and graduate education research, service and clinical activities among the UA Health colleges, centers and clinical affiliations.[19] Over the 3.5 year time frame, her served as the Interim Dean, College of Medicine - Tucson (2014 - 2015) and recruited 3 UA Health Science Deans,[20][21][22] 10 key department chair positions, 10 new associate vice president and center directors and 12 UA division directors as well as number of key scientific leaders in cutting edge research.[23] He recruited Andrew S. Kraft, M.D. to direct the UA NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center[24] and successfully led the renewal of UA's NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center grant (July 2016)[25] Garcia led the re-branding of the Arizona Health Science Center to become the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) with and integration of UAHS critical services and improvements in cost efficiency.

Academic initiatives included establishment of 4 UAHS thematic centers of excellence in health disparities, population health and health outcomes, precision medicine and neuroscience.[26] The creation of these new centers resulted in increases in NIH funding and the award of a $43.3 million NIH precision medicine initiative cohort program award.[27] Garcia initiated efforts to increase diversity within the five health science colleges creating the Office of Diversity and Inclusion,[28] and fostering such programs as PRIDE, BLAISER and FRONTERA which focus on creating a diverse health-care workforce.[29]

Garcia was the lead member of the UA Health Science (UAHS) negotiation team, helping to facilitate the merger between the University of Arizona Health Network and Phoenix-based Banner Health System. This included creating a $300 million academic endowment to be used at the UA discretion to support research and other academic pursuits, $150 million to clear UAHN debt and $500 million in capital improvements over five years.[30]

In January 2017, Garcia changed his focus to continuing his innovative clinical and translational research[31] and to serve as Founder and CEO of Aqualung Therapeutics and Restore Therapeutics, companies focused on the high mortality rate in clinical illnesses.

Major Accomplishments[edit]

Garcia has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1988 (principal investigator of multiple program project grants, R01s, etc.). He has authored or co-authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 book chapters. He is a past president of the Central Society for Clinical Research, a past member of the board of directors for the American Thoracic Society and past member or chairman of several NIH panels, committees[32] and working groups[33] including the NHLBI Advisory Council.[34] He served as editor or associate editor for multiple journals. For example,Microvascular Research,, Endothelium: Circulation Research, Physiologic Genomics, American Journal of Cellular and Molecular BiologyPulmonary Circulation. He has been elected into a number of honorific societies including the American Clinical and Climatological Association (Vice President), American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of Academic Professors and the National Academy of Medicine.


He has received over 25 citations and awards. Over 500 peer-reviewed publications, 40,000 citations, h-index of 101 and i10-index of 581.[35]

External links[edit]

Link to 2017 CV


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  6. ^ "Joe G.N. Garcia appointed chairman of medicine at the University of Chicago". University of Chicago. May 1, 2005. Retrieved 2014-12-27. Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, MD--a leading authority on lung biology and disease; the genetics, prevention, and treatment of pulmonary edema; and the molecular biology of blood vessels--has been appointed the Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor and chairman of the department of medicine, the largest department at the University of Chicago, effective May 1, 2005. ...
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  14. ^ "Open House at New Mile Square Englewood Clinic". Retrieved March 13, 2014. Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, vice president for health affairs at the University of Illinois
  15. ^ "School-Based Health Center Opens in Brighton Park". Retrieved March 13, 2014. Dr. Joseph Garcia, vice president of Health Affairs
  16. ^ "The Company - About Us". Aqualung Therapeutics. Retrieved 2014-12-27. Aqualung Therapeutics was founded in December 2010 by Dr. Joe G. N. Garcia ... to develop novel therapeutic agents discovered by his research laboratory team at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) into clinical therapies for treating acute, subacute, and chronic inflammatory lung injury.
  17. ^ "Garcia named to Institute of Medicine". University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved 2014-12-27. Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, university vice president for health affairs and UIC vice chancellor for research, was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine.
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  32. ^ "Institute Public Advisory Committees". Retrieved October 20, 2011. Joe G. N. Garcia, M.D. (2010) University of Chicago
  33. ^ "NHLBI Working Group Lung Allograft Transplantation". NHLBI. Retrieved October 20, 2011. Joe G. N. Garcia, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  34. ^ "National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council". Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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  39. ^ "IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates". Institute of Medicine. October 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-27. Joe G.N. Garcia, M.D., vice president for health affairs, vice chancellor for research, and Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Chicago
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  41. ^ "Secretary-Treasurer's Report: The One Hundred Twenty-fourth Meeting held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL, October 20 through October 23, 2011". Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 123: lvi-lxii. PMC 3540624.
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