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Founding Director, Trauma Services

Professor, UC Department of Surgery



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My Biography & Research


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 Cincinnati 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. He is the co-founder of CIRV- Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, and Corechange. Both initiatives were designed to bring awareness to childhood poverty and PTSD in urban communities and to reduce violence. Because of Vic’s tremendous efforts in the community, he received an honorary degree from Xavier University- Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa.

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

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Surgery


Colorectal Center, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Trauma Services, General and Thoracic Surgery, Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, Chest Wall Center, Best Doctors 2017-18

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My Education

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.

My Publications

Chatoorgoon K, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA Jr. Role of computed tomography and clinical findings in pediatric blunt intestinal injury: a multicenter study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Dec;28(12):1338-42.

Beaudin M, Daugherty M, Geis G, Moody S, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Assessment of Factors Associated with the Delayed Transfer of Pediatric Trauma Patients. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Aug;28(8):758-63.

Goldberg J, McClaine RJ, Cook B, Garcia VF, Brown RL, Crone K, Falcone RA.  Use of a mild traumatic brain injury guideline to reduce inpatient hospital imaging and charges. J Pediatr Surg. 2011 Sep;46(9):1777-83. 2011;46: 1777-1783.

McClaine RJ, Garcia VF. Unnatural Causes: Social Determinants of Child Health and Well-being. The Pediatric Forum, American Medical Association. 2011;165 (5): 476.

Chatoorgoon K, Huezo K, Rangel E, Francios N, Schweer L, Daugherty M, Koehn M, Richetts C, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA.  Unnecessary Imaging, Not Hospital Distance, or Transportation Mode Impacts Delays in the Transfer of Injured Children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Jul;26(7):481-6.

Martin CA, Care M, Rangel EL, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Severity of head computed tomography scan findings fail to explain racial differences in mortality following child abuse. Am J Surg. 2010 Feb;199(2):210-5.

Ippisch HM, Inge TH, Daniels SR, Wang B, Khoury PR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Garcia VF, Kimball TR. Reversibility of Cardiac Abnormalities in Morbidly Obese Adolescents. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Apr 8;51(14):1342-8.

Falcone RA , Martin C, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Despite overall low pediatric head injury mortality, disparities exist between races. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Oct;43(10):1858-64.

Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team training using high-fidelity trauma simulation. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jun;43(6):1065-71.

Rangel SJ, Martin CA, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone RA. Alarming trends in the improper use of motor vehicle restraints in children: implications for public policy and the development of race-based strategies for improving compliance. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 Jan;43(1):200-7.