Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

Founding Director, Trauma Services

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Phone: 513-636-4371

Fax: 513-636-7657


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Pediatric injury research and control; chest-wall deformities; minimally invasive surgery (use of the laparoscope and thoracoscope to diagnose and treat surgical diseases); surgical weight loss; minority health care


Victor Garcia, MD, graduated from West Point, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studied pediatric surgery under C Everett Koop, and was Walter Reed’s chief of General/Pediatric Surgery.

Vic founded Children’s Trauma Center and led the effort to establish the country’s first Pediatric Weight Loss Surgery Center.

For his ongoing work to eliminate childhood health and social disparities, he has received numerous awards and commendations to include the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and the National Jefferson Award.

Vic has an uncompromising belief in the power of systems thinking and stakeholder engagement to solve society’s most intractable problems.

Education and Training

BS: Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1964-1968.

MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.

Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1978. 

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 

Certification: Surgery, 1979; Pediatric Surgery, 1982; Surgical Critical Care, 1991.


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