Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP

Founding Director, Trauma Services

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Surgery

Phone 513-636-4371

Fax 513-636-7657


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.

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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Chatoorgoon K, Brown RL, Garcia VF, Falcone, RA.  Role of Computed Tomography and Clinical Findings in Pediatric Blunt Intestinal Injury. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;28 (12): 1338-1342.

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. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2012;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. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 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. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2010;26 (7): 481-486.

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. American Journal of Surgery. 2010;199 (2): 210-215.

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. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008;51(14): 1342-1348.

Falcone RA , Martin C, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Despite overall low pediatric head injury mortality, disparities exist between races. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(10), 1858-1864.

Falcone RA, Daugherty M, Schweer L, Patterson M, Brown RL, Garcia VF. Multidisciplinary pediatric trauma team training using high-fidelity trauma simulation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(6), 1065-1071.

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. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008;43(1), 200-207.