Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Francisco Garcia, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Garcia is the Distinguished Outreach Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Public Health, Mexican American Studies and Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. He is the Director of the University of Arizona National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Co-Director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Garcia is the immediate past Director of the Division of Gynecology and the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence.
His research expertise is in the area of pre-malignant cervical disease and human papillomavirus infection, and the evaluation of new technologies and therapeutics for cervical cancer precursors. Dr. Garcia also has a long established interest in the cancer prevention among US-Mexico Border and Latin American populations. His clinical interests include advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and colposcopy. Dr. Garcia is active in the training and mentoring of junior faculty, residents, medical students, graduate students and international medical personnel interested in women's reproductive health.
Dr. Garcia has served as a consultant and collaborator to a variety of domestic and international agencies community-based and non-governmental organizations concerned with cervical cancer prevention. These include the state of Arizona Well Woman Health Check Program, the American Cancer Society, Yuma and South- Eastern Arizona Area Health Education Centers, and the tribal NBCEDDP programs on Hopi and Navajo. In the international arena he has worked with the Secretariat of Health of the State of Sonora, Population Council, the Pan-American Health Organization, the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas (Peruvian National Cancer Institute), IMSS-Solidaridad, Programa de Salud Reproductiva (the Mexican Social Security Institute-Reproductive Health Program), the International Planned Parenthood Federation, JHPIEGO and PATH.
Dr. Garcia is a member of a variety of national committees including the American Cancer Society Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Committee. He also Chairs the ACS the HPV Vaccine Clinical Guidelines Committee and the International Affairs Committee. He also leads the HPV Comprehensive Services Task Force of the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Garcia is an Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, Inc. He is a also member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group—Cancer Prevention and Control Committee.
He received his medical training at the University of Arizona where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University as an Instructor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and completed post-graduate fellowship training in Women’s Reproductive Health, and a Masters in Public Health in the area of Health Policy and Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.