G. Mason Garcia, M.D., FACC, FCCP
Dr. Garcia is a native Tucsonan, graduating from Catalina High School. He obtained his pilot’s license at age 17, two weeks before his drivers license. He is still interested in flying and traveling and gets back to it when time allows.
After high school, Dr. Garcia attended the University of Arizona, then Medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Cu Juarez. The clinical assessment of patients was honed to perfection at this university in Mexico. As Dr. Garcia explains, “the careful consideration of a person’s history, along with the physical assessment using only minimal equipment plus using your own ability to see, hear and feel are emphasized, as these are frequently the only tools available for diagnosis. Technical equipment is not available in much of the world and the ability to evaluate a patient in this manner is essential.”
Dr. Garcia continued his training with internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He became the Chief Fellow in Cardiology at this facility and then moved forward to Texas A&M College of Medicine to complete his interventional cardiology requirements.
Professional affiliations include: American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiologists, New York Academy of Sciences, Southern Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Garcia is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. Garcia is involved as principal or sub-investigator in several multi-site national and international research studies. Treatment protocols and pharmaceuticals are carefully evaluated as to their benefit for an array of cardiovascular conditions. Dr Garcia eagerly supports the progressive research program at Southwest Heart.
Professional interests include evaluating and treating unstable angina and acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). The presentation of both can be confusing and challenging, binging forth the necessity of excellent clinical assessment and judgment, which Dr. Garcia has to his merit from the beginnings of his extensive medical training.
In addition, chronic heart failure, its diagnoses and treatment is of great interest to Dr. Garcia. “There have been recent effective and exceptional advances obtained from heart failure research and it is very satisfying to finally have the ability to improve, or even reverse the heart failure prognosis. Seeing people overcome the disability and stigma of heart failure and maintain an acceptable quality of life is reward in itself.”