Joe G. N. Garcia
|Joe G. N. Garcia|
|Born||1954 (age 61–62)
El Paso, Texas
|Fields||Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Acute Lung Injury, Lung Genetics|
|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. His research is on the genetic basis of lung disease and the prevention and treatment of inflammatory lung injury.
Biography and career
He was born in 1954 in El Paso, Texas. Garcia completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Dallas in 1976, and received his M.D. 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 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.
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.
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 and Brighton Park. He served as the founding Director for the Institute for Personalized Respiratory Medicine which again has a large focus on health disparities.
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, a past member of the board of directors for the American Thoracic Society and a member or chairman of several NIH Advisory Council, committees and working groups including the NHLBI advisory Council. He served as co-editor in chief for the journal Microvascular Research, as associate editor of the Journal of Organ Dysfunction, and the journal Translational Research, 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 (Vice President), American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of Academic Professors.
In December 2010 he founded Aqualung Therapeutics.
In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
UA spokesman George Humphrey said Garcia is the principal investigator on federally sponsored research grants totaling more than $9 million per year.
He has received over 25 citations and awards.
- Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
- 2009 Diversity Award from the Association of Professors in Medicine for innovation in promoting diversity in academic medicine
- 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".
- 2002 David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Johns Hopkins University.
- 1990, 1992 Henry F. Christian Award for Meritorious Research from the American Federation of Medical Research.
- "'Triple threat' UA health VP to earn $810K/year". Arizona Daily Star. June 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
A physician-scientist and leading authority on the genetic basis of lung disease is joining the University of Arizona as senior vice president for health sciences, as one of the campus's highest-paid employees.
- "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. ...
- "Dr. Joe G.N. 'Skip' Garcia Appointed UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences". University of Arizona. 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, an internationally noted physician-scientist, health administrator, scholar, educator and elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona.
- "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
- "School-Based Health Center Opens in Brighton Park". Retrieved March 13, 2014.
Dr. Joseph Garcia, vice president of Health Affairs
- "National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council". Nhlbi.nih.gov. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
- "Institute Public Advisory Committees". Nhlbi.nih.gov. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
Joe G. N. Garcia, M.D. (2010) University of Chicago
- "NHLBI Working Group Lung Allograft Transplantation". NHLBI. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
Joe G. N. Garcia, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- "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.
- "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.
- "Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences". University of Arizona. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, MD; UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
- "AAMC STAT". American Association of Medical Colleges.
Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, M.D., UA senior vice president for health sciences, will serve as interim dean of the College of Medicine.
- "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