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Alejandro Vera Garcia, M.D.

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Surgical Director of the ECMO Program

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Specializes in: Children (1-11 years), Infants (up to 1 year), Adolescents (12-18 years)

Male

Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Anorectal Disorders, Chest Wall Reconstruction, Colorectal Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, General Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery, Neonatal Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Pectus Excavatum, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery ...read more

Research Interests: Brain Injury on ECMO; Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery; Neuroblastoma; Wilms Tumor; Hepatoblastoma; Chest Wall Deformities

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437

1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, Suite 7310
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Anne Arundel Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 410-502-6649

2003 Medical Parkway
Wayson Pavilion Suite 102
Annapolis, MD 21401 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh
Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437

White Marsh
4924 Campbell Boulevard
Suite 205
Nottingham, MD 21236 map

York – WellSpan
Appointment Phone: 717-812-4390

300 Pine Grove Commons
Suite 300
York, PA 17403 map

Background

Alejandro Garcia, M.D., joins the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery as assistant professor of surgery, co-director of the Pediatric Surgical Colorectal Program, assistant program director of general surgery, and surgical director of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Program, which provides critical support for infants and children with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Dr. Garcia’s areas of clinical expertise include surgery for Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, surgical oncology, pectus excavatum repairs, and minimally invasive lung resections.

Dr. Garcia received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed residencies at Columbia University Medical Center and performed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also completed an ECMO fellowship and pediatric cancer research at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York- Presbyterian.

Dr. Garcia is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Garcia’s research interests include brain injury on ECMO, minimally invasive colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, congenital diaphragmatic hernias, outcomes research, inflammatory bowel disease, and chest wall deformities.

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Titles

  • Surgical Director of the ECMO Program
  • Co-Director of the Pediatric Surgical Colorectal Program
  • Assistant Program Director, General Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical College (2007)

Residencies

  • Columbia University Medical Center / General Surgery (2014)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Surgery (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / General Surgery (2014)
  • American Board of Surgery / Pediatric Surgery (2017)

Additional Training

  • Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support – Recertification, American Heart Association (2013)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support – Recertification, American Heart Association (2013)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Garcia AV and Stolar CJH. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia and protective ventilation strategies in pediatric surgery. Surgical Clinics of North America, 92:659-668, 2012.

Garcia AV, Thirumoorthi AS, Traina JM, Schlossberg P, Sheynzon V and Kandel JJ. Image-guided Esophageal Anastomosis in Esophageal Atresia. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 47:1959-1961, 201

Garcia AV, Fingeret AS, Thirumoorthi AS, Hahn E, Leskowitz M, Aspelund G, Krishnan US and Stolar CJH. Lung to head ratio in infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernias does not predict long-term pulmonary hypertension. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 48:154-157, 2013.

Garcia A and Kandel JJ. Notch: A key regulator of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Histology and Histopathology, 27:151-156, 2012.

Garcia A, Flores RM, Schattner M, Kraus D, Bains MS, Wong RJ, Rizk N, Markowitz A, Gerdes H and Shike M. Endoscopic retrograde dilation of completely occlusive esophageal strictures. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 82:1240–1244, 2006.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Gordon and Francoise Pratt Cornell Tradition Fellowship, Cornell University, 2002
  • The Fabrizio Michelassi, MD Medical Student Award for Excellence in Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2007
  • NIH-T32 Kirschstein Institutional Research Training Grant – Trainee, National Research Service Award, 2010
  • AMA Foundation Seed Grant Research Program Award, American Medical Association, 2011
  • Blakemore Award for Outstanding Surgical Research, Columbia University Department of Surgery, 2011
  • NIH-LRP Extramural Pediatric Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, 2011
  • Startup Grant Research Award, Columbia University Department of Surgery, 2011
  • ASCO Resident Travel Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation, 2012
  • Employee of the Month, July 2012, New-York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, 2012
  • Excellence in Research Award, American College of Surgeons, 2012
  • Circle of Excellence in Teaching, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2013
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Columbia University Department of Surgery, 2013
  • Blakemore Prize for Best Body of Research in Residency, Columbia University Department of Surgery, 2014
  • The Frank L. Coulson HR Award for Clinical Excellence, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2016

Memberships

  • Candidate Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2015
  • Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2007
  • Candidate Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 2008
  • Associate Member, American Association for Cancer Research, 2010
  • Candidate Member, Association for Academic Surgery, 2010

Professional Activities

  • Resident Representative, Educational Committee – American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015
    Provide education and create newsletters for pediatricians and pediatric residents regarding surgical topics.
  • Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support, American College of Surgeons, 2017

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Notch and VEGF inhibition, neuroblastoma, and metastasis.
    Second Triennial Annual Sorkin Symposium: Advancing Pediatric Cancer Care., New York, NY (10/17/2011)
  • Advances in Pediatric Surgery
    Lecture, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (06/08/2017)
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