SPEAKER 8/2/2016

Dr. García, a 1992 graduate of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Health Department, a role he assumed in January 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing restaurant and swimming pool inspections, tuberculosis and HIV testing, immunizations, family planning, the Pima Animal Care Center and crisis situations such as last year's outbreak of pertussis in an east-side school district.And his public health work extends far beyond Pima County. In 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) roundtable on health equity and health disparities; and the World Health Organization's cervical cancer control and sexually transmitted disease working groups. In October 2014, he was appointed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to the Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and was instrumental in developing a statewide plan to respond to highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.