As a Mexican-American with deep indigenous roots, Dr. Garcia's career has been dedicated to understanding and mitigating the inequities that impact their communities. The result of this commitment is a 19-year track record of leading multi-disciplinary community-engaged scholarship and practice in genuine partnership with southwestern Mexican-American border communities and American Indian populations. As a translational physician-scientist, he has led a productive program of investigation and translation in the area of cervical cancer prevention, which spans molecular marker discovery, development and evaluation of screening and early detection technologies, clinical trials of chemopreventive agents, and community-based interventions. Based on this record, he is recognized internationally as a thought leader in cervical cancer prevention, especially in low-resource settings and among low income minority populations. Dr. Garcia brings that technical expertise and experience to the current U54 application.
In addition to his technical and scientific expertise, Dr. Garcia is an experienced mentor and research administrator. In the former capacity he served for 10 years as the Director of the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, a Health Resource Services Administration funded medical workforce development initiative with a prominent junior faculty development component. This track record led to the Arizona Biomedical Scientist Development Program, an NIH/NIMHD endowment grant (2006 Co-PI) that helped support the training of a diverse biomedical workforce in Arizona.
Dr. Garcia was the co-founder of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, a unit that fostered collaborative trans-disciplinary research, which he led from 2006 until 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he served as PI and Director of the HRSA-funded Maternal Child Health Leadership Training Program, which supported junior faculty development and research in Public Health. More recently and directly relevant to the current application, he served as one of two PIs (multiple PI) for the Native American Cancer Partnership from the NCI (U54), which included a significant community-informed research project and training programs related to American Indian cancer prevention. Finally, in his new capacity as the chief executive and medical officer for a large public health jurisdiction (the size of the state of New Hampshire) along the U.S.-Mexico border with nearly a million diverse residents, he has unique insight into the genuine translation of biomedical knowledge to population settings.
- Hillemanns P, Garcia F, Petry KU, Dvorak V, Sadovsky O, Iversen OE, Einstein MH. A randomized study of hexaminolevulinate photodynamic therapy in patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 1/2. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2015. 212(4):465.e1-7. PMID: 25467012.
- Garcia F, Cornelison T, Nuno T, Greenspan DL, Byron JW, Hsu CH, Alberts DS, Chow HH. Results of a phase II randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of Polyphenon E in women with persistent high risk HPV infection and low grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Gynecol Onc 2014. 132(2): 377-82. PMID: 24388920.
- Zou C-P, Liu H, Feugang J, Hao Z, Chow H-HS, Garcia F. Green Tea Compounds in Chemoprevention of Cervical Cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2010; 20:617-624. PMID: 20686382.
- Garcia F, Ulrich Petry K, Muderspach L, Gold MA, Braly P, Crum CP, Magill M, Silverman M, Urban RG, Hedley ML, Beach KJ. ZYC101a for the treatment of high-grade intraepithelial cervical neoplasia: A randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2004; 103:317-26. PMID: 14754702.
- Einstein MH, Garcia F, Mitchell AL, Day SP. (2011) Age-Stratified Performance of the Cervista® HPV 16/18 Genotyping Test in Women With ASC-US Cytology. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 20(6):1185-9. PMID: 21527581.
- Garcia F, Ranger-Moore J, Barker B, Davis J, Brewer M, Lozevski J, Vinyak S, Liu Y, Yemane J, Hatch KD, Alberts DS, Bartels HG, Bartels PH. (2004). Karyometric image analysis for intraepithelial and invasive cervical lesions. Anal Quant Cytol Histol. 26(3):141-50. PMID: 15218690.
- Huh WK, Cestero RM, Garcia F, Gold MA, Guido RM, McIntyre-Seltzman K, Harper DM, Burke L, Sum ST, Flewelling FR, Alvarez RD. (2004) Optical detection of high-grade cervical neoplasia in vivo: Results of a 604 patient pilot study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 190:1249-57. PMID: 15167826.
- Garcia F, Barker B, Santos C, Mendez E. Nuno T, Giuliano A, & Davis J. (2003). Cross-sectional study of patient and physician collected cervical cytology and human papilloma virus. Obstet Gynecol. 102:266-72. PMID: 12907098.
- Nuño, T., Gerald, J.K., Harris, R., Martinez, M.E., Estrada, A. & García, F. (2012). Comparison of breast and cervical cancer screening utilization among rural and urban Hispanic and American Indian women in the Southwestern United States. Cancer Causes Control, 23(8):1333-41. PMID: 22710745.
- Nuño, T., Castle, P., Martinez, M.E. & García, F. (2011). Cervical and breast cancer screening utilization among post-reproductive age Hispanic women living near the US-Mexico border. J Womens Health, 20 (5):1-10. PMID: 21428792.
- Scarinci, I.C., Garcia, F., Kobetz, E., Partridge, E.E., Brandt, H.M., Bell, M.C., Dignan, M., Ma, G.X., Daye, J.L. & Castle, P.E. (2010). Cervical Cancer Prevention: New Tools and Old Barriers. Cancer, 116(11):2531-42. PMCID: PMC2876205.
- Garcia, F., Mendez, E., Baldwin, S., Papenfuss, M., Giuliano, A.R. & Hatch, K. (2003). Factors affecting the quality of cytologic cervical cancer screening along the Mexico-US border. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 189(2):467-472. PMID: 14520220.
- Marshall, C.A., Curran, M.A., Koerner, S.S., Kroll, T., Hickman, A.C. & García, F. (2014). Un Abrazo Para La Familia: An Evidenced-Based Rehabilitation Approach in Providing Cancer Education to Low-SES Hispanic Co-Survivors. J Cancer Educ. Dec;29(4):626-33. PMCID: PMC4062619.
- Moore-Monroy, M., Wilkinson-Lee, A., Verdugo, L., Lopez, E., Paez-Badii, L., Rodriguez, D., Wilhelm, M. & Garcia, F. (2013). Addressing the information gap: Developing and implementing a cervical cancer prevention education campaign grounded in principles of community based participatory action. Health Promotion Practice, 14 (2), 274-283. PMID: 22982702.
- Marshall, C.A., Badger, T.A., Curran, M.A., Koerner, S.S., Larkey, L.K., Weihs, K.L., Verdugo, L. & García, F.A. (2013). Un Abrazo Para La Familia: Providing low-income Hispanics with education and skills in coping with breast cancer and caregiving. Psychooncology, 22(2):470-4. PMCID: PMC3563927.
- Nuño, T., Martinez, M.E., Harris, R. & García, F. (2011). A Promotora-administered group education intervention to promote breast and cervical cancer screening in a rural community along the U.S.-Mexico border: a randomized controlled. Cancer Causes Control, 22(3):367-74. PMID: 21184267.
- Marshall, C.A., Larkey, L.K., Curran, M.A., Weihs, K.L., Badger, T.A., Armin, J. & García, F. (2011). Considerations of culture and social class for families facing cancer: The need for a new model for health promotion and psychosocial intervention. Families Systems & Health, 29(2):81-94. PMCID: PMC3521537.
- Garcia, F.A., Freund, K.M., Berlin, M., Digre, K.B., Dudley, D.J., Fife, R.S, Gabeau, G., Geller, S.E., Magnus, J.H., Trott, J.A. & White, H.F. (2010). Progress and priorities in the health of women and girls: a decade of advances and challenges. J Womens Health, 19(4):671-80. PMID: 20201706.
- Leybas-Amedia, V., Nuno, T. & Garcia, F. (2005). Effect of acculturation and income on Hispanic women’s health. J Health Care Poor Underserved, 16:128-141. PMID: 16327101.
- Garcia FAR, Bowman H, Gordon T, Huggins GR. (2001) The effect of academic affiliation on clinical and economic outcomes of childbirth. Obstet Gynecol. 97(4):567-76. PMID: 11275029.
2011-13 Director, Cancer Health Disparities Program, University of Arizona
2010-13 Chair, Family & Child Health, University of Arizona
2009-11 Co-Director, Cancer Health Disparities Program, Arizona Cancer Center
2009- Distinguished Outreach Professor of Public Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Nursing, & Pharmacy, University of Arizona
2006-13 Director, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, University of Arizona
2004-06 Associate Head for Clinical Affairs, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Arizona
2003-09 Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Arizona
2002-07 Director, Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, University of Arizona
2001-06 Director, Division of Gynecology & General Obstetrics and Clinic, University of Arizona
2000-01 Interim Medical Director, Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona
1998-03 Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Arizona
1996-98 Instructor & Attending Physician, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University
1992-96 Resident & Chief Resident Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Arizona
2012 Victoria Foundation Outstanding Researcher Award
2009 Tubman Vanguard Award for Health Education, African-American Coalition of Health & Wellness
2009 Distinguished Faculty Outreach Award, University of Arizona
2008 League of United Latin American Citizens National Presidential Citation, Community Service Award
2002 Outstanding Service Award, Bi-national Health & Environment Council
2001 University Medical Center Patient’s Choice Award
2013- US Preventive Services Task Force, Member
2013- Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Equity & the Elimination of Health Disparities
2010-13 NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health
2010-11 Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women
2010- American Society of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, Board of Directors
2005-08 American Cancer Society, HPV Vaccine Guideline Workgroup (Chair)
2004-13 American Cancer Society, Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Committees
2000-13 Gynecologic Oncology Group, Cancer Prevention and Control Committee
1998-13 Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, Board of Directors (Past President)