Victor F. Garcia, MD
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                                            VICTOR GARCIA





Victor Garcia MD is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and has been the Director of Trauma Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 1991.


He received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1968 and his Doctor of Medicine with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia under C Everett Koop MD, former Surgeon General of the United States in 1981. He served 20 years in the U.S Army, retiring from the military as Chief of General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery Services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


Vic is the author or co-author of nearly 100 publications focusing on childhood injuries, pediatric obesity, and community-based interventions to prevent childhood and adolescent injury and illness. He founded the areas only Level I Pediatric Trauma System. He also led the effort to establish the first children’s hospital-based Center for Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery and was the Center’s initial Director.


Most recently, he co-founded the CoreChange Initiative which leverages the expertise of world renowned practitioners of systems thinking, strength-based Appreciative Inquiry, and design thinking to address the root causes of worsening and costly disparities in health and mental well-being, the socio-economic determinants.


For his work in the community, Vic has received numerous awards and commendations. He has twice been awarded the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and most recently, the National Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service. The basis for this award is Vic’s central role in the development and implementation of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.


Vic has an uncompromising belief in the human spirit and the ability of individuals and communities to solve the seemingly most intractable problems we face as a society.