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Maria Garcia, MD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone628-206-8494
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    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CABA12/2003Latin American Studies
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDMD06/2011Medicine
    Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH06/2011Family and Community Health
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA06/2014Internal Medicine Residency
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA06/2017Primary Care Research Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CAMAS06/2016Clinical Research

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    As a clinician investigator, Dr. Garcia focuses on co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases and their disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalized populations. As an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, she conducts research on mental health integration in primary care, with a focus on racially, ethnically and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Garcia completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSF, in the San Francisco General Hospital Primary Care Program, and subsequently the UCSF Primary Care Research Fellowship. During her fellowship, she developed an interest in improving mental health service delivery for individuals with limited English proficiency. Dr. Garcia has researched the unique challenges that patients with co-morbid mental health and chronic diseases face and focused on implementation work in mental health integration and improvement of service delivery for populations with language barriers.

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    1. Garcia ME, Bindman AB, Coffman J. Language-Concordant Primary Care Physicians for a Diverse Population: The View from California. Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):343-349. PMID: 31312781.
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    2. Garcia ME, Uratsu CS, Sandoval-Perry J, Grant RW. Which Complex Patients Should Be Referred for Intensive Care Management? A Mixed-Methods Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 09; 33(9):1454-1460. PMID: 29797217.
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    3. Garcia ME, Ochoa-Frongia L, Moise N, Aguilera A, Fernandez A. Collaborative Care for Depression among Patients with Limited English Proficiency: a Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 03; 33(3):347-357. PMID: 29256085.
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    4. Garcia ME, Schillinger D, Vittinghoff E, Creasman JM, Knapp P, Newcomer JW, Mangurian C. Nonpsychiatric Outpatient Care for Adults With Serious Mental Illness in California: Who Is Being Left Behind? Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jul 01; 68(7):689-695. PMID: 28245706.
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    5. Garcia ME. Capsule Commentary on Kroll et al., Benzodiazepines Are Prescribed More Frequently to Patients Already at Risk for Benzodiazepine-Related Adverse Events in Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 09; 31(9):1078. PMID: 27279100.
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    6. Ward JB, Haan MN, Garcia ME, Lee A, To TM, Aiello AE. Intergenerational education mobility and depressive symptoms in a population of Mexican origin. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 07; 26(7):461-466. PMID: 27346705.
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    7. Garcia ME, Lee A, Neuhaus J, Gonzalez H, To TM, Haan MN. Diabetes Mellitus as a Risk Factor for Development of Depressive Symptoms in a Population-Based Cohort of Older Mexican Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Mar; 64(3):619-24. PMID: 27000334.
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    8. Garcia ME, Grant RW. Community Health Workers: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle for Complex Patients With Diabetes? J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):878-9. PMID: 25862191.
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    9. Kaaya S, Garcia ME, Li N, Lienert J, Twayigize W, Spiegelman D, Smith Fawzi MC. Association of maternal depression and infant nutritional status among women living with HIV in Tanzania. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 07; 12(3):603-13. PMID: 25382710.
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    10. Stone CA, Siril H, Nampanda E, Garcia ME, Tito J, Nambiar D, Chalamilla G, Kaaya SF. "I didn't know that ..." patient perceptions of print information, education, and communication related to HIV/AIDS treatment. Tanzan J Health Res. 2011 Apr; 13(2):89-96. PMID: 25566605.
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    11. Garcia ME, Li MS, Siril H, Hawkins C, Kaaya S, Ismail S, Chalamilla G, Mdingi SG, Hirschhorn LR. Health-care worker engagement in HIV-related quality improvement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Int J Qual Health Care. 2011 Jun; 23(3):231-8. PMID: 21441571.
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    12. Siril H, Hirschhorn LR, Hawkins C, Garcia ME, Li MS, Ismail S, Mdingi SG, Chalamilla G, Fawzi W, Kaaya S. Stress, motivation and professional satisfaction among health care workers in HIV/AIDS care and treatment centers in urban Tanzania: a cross-sectional study. East Afr J Public Health. 2011 Mar; 8(1):17-24. PMID: 22066277.
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