Mauricio Garcia, M.D., Returns to UAMS to Lead Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

By Chris Carmody

“We are pleased to recruit Dr. Garcia back to UAMS to transform the delivery of gastroenterology service in Little Rock and the state of Arkansas,” said Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. “He will also play a pivotal role in strengthening the liver transplantation service at UAMS.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division at UAMS and contribute to improving the state of health for Arkansans,” Garcia said. “Coming back to UAMS represents a chance to build the foundation for the future of academic gastroenterology and hepatology in Arkansas by improving access to high-quality care and being a main point of referral for the community.”

Garcia earned his medical degree at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 2004. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas Salvador Zubiran, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He continued his training with additional fellowships in transplant hepatology and advanced transplant hepatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha from 2011 to 2013.

He began his career at UAMS in 2013 as director of the Primary Liver Tumors Clinic in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In 2017, Garcia took on the role of director of hepatology services, shortly followed by the position of co-director of gastroenterology and hepatology services. A year later, he was appointed liver transplant medical director.

In 2020, Garcia joined the Washington University School of Medicine as an associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology’s hepatology program.

Garcia has published 22 peer-reviewed articles and delivered more than 15 oral presentations. His research interests focus on education to improve the outcomes of liver disease, alcoholic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

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