Francisco Garcia, M.D., M.P.H.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H., is the director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Department of Health in Tucson, AZ. Pima County, a large jurisdiction about the size of New Hampshire, shares the longest border with Mexico and has nearly 1 million diverse residents, including two large federally recognized American Indian communities. He is also the distinguished outreach professor of public health at the University of Arizona. Dr. García previously served as the director of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women's Health, chair of the Section of Family and Child Health of the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center. Formerly, he was the director of the Division of Gynecology and the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence.
Dr. García's research and clinical expertise is in the area of premalignant cervical disease and human papillomavirus infection affecting the female lower genital tract, as well as in the evaluation of new technologies and therapeutics for cervical cancer precursors. He has a long-established interest in women’s reproductive health among U.S.-Mexico border, Southwest American Indian, and Latin American populations. He has served as a consultant and collaborator for a variety of domestic and international community-based agencies and nongovernmental organizations, including the Arizona Department of Health Services, the American Cancer Society, the Pan-American Health Organization, Planned Parenthood, and the World Health Organization.
Dr. García is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2013, Dr. García was appointed to the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Equity and Health Disparities and the World Health Organization Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control Work Group. Prior national service includes the Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women, National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee for Research on Women's Health, and the American Cancer Society Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Committee. Among other credits, Dr. García is the past president of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, a national organization concerned with Hispanic health care workforce and public health issues.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named among the Best Doctors in America from 2009 to 2014, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Award of Merit, the 2012 Outstanding Latino Faculty Award from the Victoria Foundation, and the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2015.
Dr. García earned his M.D. at the University of Arizona, where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He earned his M.P.H. in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a fellowship in women's reproductive health.
Dr. García joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2013.
Internet Citation: Biography. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2019.