Alejandro Vera Garcia, M.D.

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  • Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

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


Languages: English, Spanish


Anorectal Disorders, Burn Care, Colorectal Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Head and Neck Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Minimally Invasive Pediatric Surgery, Neonatal Surgery, Pectus Carinatum, Pectus Excavatum, Pediatric Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery more

Research Interests

Minimizing Brain Injury on ECMO; Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery; Health Care Disparities more

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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

Johns Hopkins Children's Center Pediatric Specialists

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437
820 Best Gate Road
Suite 2D
Annapolis, MD 21401 map
Phone: 443-997-5437


Alejandro Garcia, M.D., is an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 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, minimally invasive lung resections, foregut surgery and robotic surgery.

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 American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of University Surgeons, the Latino Surgical Society, and the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.

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. more


  • Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Director of Pediatric Robotic Surgery
  • Surgical Director of the ECMO Program
  • Co-Director of the Pediatric Surgical Colorectal Program
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Burn Program
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Cornell University - Weill Cornell Medical College (2007)


  • General Surgery; New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (2014)


  • Pediatric Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (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
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support – Recertification, American Heart Association

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Garcia AV, Velez AK, Surma V, Jager LR, Bembea MM. Impact of Red Blood Cell Transfusion on Regional Cerebral Oxygen Saturation during Pediatric ECMO. Transfusion, 2023. 

Garcia AV, Etchill E, Bembea MM, Gray BW, Rhee DS. Pediatric arterial femoral cannulations for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: Does size really matter? Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2021;56(9):1643-1646. 

Tsou P, Garcia AV, Yiu A, Battarjee W, Vaidya DM, Bembea MM. Association of cerebral oximetry with outcomes after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Neurocritical Care. 2020:1-9

Activities & 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
  • NIH-LRP Extramural Pediatric Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grant, American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2019
  • Baltimore Top Doctor, 2020 - 2023


  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 2018
  • Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2018
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, 2022

    Nominations and Membership Committee

  • Society of University Surgeons, 2023

Professional Activities

  • Member, Educational Committee – American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015
  • Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support, American College of Surgeons, 2017
  • Member, Surgical Critical Care Committee - American Pediatric Surgical Association, 2017

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • VA or Dual-site VV ECMO in Neonates when DLVV is Not an Option?
    Speaker, 39th Annual Children’s National Hospital Symposium: ECMO and the Advanced Therapies for Respiratory and Cardiac Failure, Keystone, CO (03/01/2023)
  • Improving Neurologic Outcomes After Respiratory Arrest Using a Porcine ECPR Model
    Speaker, EuroElso 2022 Annual Conference, London, UK (05/05/2022)
  • Innovations in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    Speaker, Pediatric IBD Education Webinar for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Baltimore, MD (10/03/2021)
  • Laser Treatment for Pediatric Hypertrophic Scars
    Speaker, The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC (11/19/2021)

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