Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, MD

Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine, The University of Arizona
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Garcia is an authority on the genetic basis of inflammatory lung disease (with an emphasis on health disparities) and on the mechanistic basis of lung vascular permeability. Using bench-to-bedside approaches, his lab has explored novel methods to prevent vascular leak and to restore endothelial cell barrier function and vascular integrity. This expertise in lung inflammation and vascular permeability provides a natural linkage to interrogation of lung vascular contribution to the development of lung metastases.

Leveraging their genomic expertise, in recent years, Dr. Garcia's lab has identified vascular genes whose products are key participants in inflammatory lung injury that also play a role in cancer development.  They have developed lung endothelial inflammatory gene expression profiles as well as diagnostic gene signatures influenced by MYLK and NAMPT that impact lung and breast cancer prognosis. This work with NAMPT led to development of a therapeutic NAMPT neutralizing antibody that has shown promise in treating lung cancer, melanoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. 

Finally, Dr. Garcia's lab is also interested in the untoward effect of thoracic radiation and has been examining strategies designed to attenuate radiation–induced pneumonits, fibrosis and vascular leak. These collaborative and highly translational cancer research efforts have bolstered the overall mission of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Biology
Member Status: 
Research Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 


2014 - 2015        Interim Dean, College of Medicine, The University of Arizona
2013 - current     Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, The University of Arizona
2013 - current     Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona
2010 - current     Founder and President, Aqualung Therapeutics Corp.
2010 - 2013        Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology & Bioengineering, U. of Illinois, Chicago
2010 - 2012        Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago
2010 - 2012        Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Illinois
2005 - 2010        Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor & Chairman, Department of Medicine, Univ. of Chicago
1998 - 2005        Dr. David Marine Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering & Environmental Health Sciences; Director Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
1992 - 1998        Dr. Calvin H. English Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, Indiana University
1988 - 1992        Associate Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, Indiana University
1985 - 1988        Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, Texas
1984 - 1985        NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Physiology, Albany Medical College, New York
1983 - 1984        Fellow, Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Albany Medical College, New York
1980 - 1983        Intern, Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa



2015- American Thoracic Society: Distinguished Leadership Award  
2011- National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) National Academies (elected)
2009- Innovations in Diversity Award (Association of Professors in Medicine)
2005- Association of American Physicians (elected)
2004- Gordon Research Conference, Chair (2004, 2006): Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health & Disease
2004- American Clinical and Climatological Society (elected)
2003-2005- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scientific Review Board
2003-2005- American Thoracic Society, Chair: Pulmonary Circulation Assembly (elected)
2003- American Thoracic Society: Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award  
2002- David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Medicine
1999- Interurban Clinical Club (elected)
1996- American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) (elected)
1996- 2007 Central Society for Clinical Research, Secretary-Treasurer, Councilor, President

Academic Information

Medical School: 
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Undergraduate School: 
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas