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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 Disorders, Surgery - General and Thoracic, Neuromuscular Disorders, Surgical Weight Loss, Chest Wall, General and Thoracic Surgery

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Victor F. Garcia, MD, FACS, FAAP6/29/2019

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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

Occult RV systolic dysfunction detected by CMR derived RV circumferential strain in patients with pectus excavatum. Truong, VT; Li, CY; Brown, RL; Moore, RA; Garcia, VF; Crotty, EJ; Taylor, MD; Ngo, TM N; Mazur, W. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12:e0189128-e0189128.

Surgical site infection related to use of elastomeric pumps in pectus excavatum repair. Lessons learned from root cause analysis. Apelt, N; Schaffzin, J; Bates, C; Brown, RL; Mecoli, M; Sadhasivam, S; Garcia, V. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2017; 52:1292-1295.

A paradigm for achieving successful pediatric trauma verification in the absence of pediatric surgical specialists while ensuring quality of care. Jr, FR A; Milliken, WJ; Bensard, DD; Haas, L; Daugherty, M; Gray, L; Tuggle, DW; Garcia, VF. The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2016; 80:433-439.