Maria Garcia, MD, MPH, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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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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    Equity in Depression Care for Primary Care Patients with Language Barriers
    NIH K23MD015115Aug 1, 2020 - Mar 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Prevalence and Sociodemographic Correlates of Unmet Need for Mental Health Counseling Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychiatr Serv. 2021 Jun 30; appips202100111. Nagata JM, Ganson KT, Bonin SL, Twadell KL, Garcia ME, Langrock O, Vittinghoff E, Tsai AC, Weiser SD, Abdel Magid HS. PMID: 34189929.
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    2. Accuracy of Primary Care Medical Home Designation in a Specialty Mental Health Clinic. Psychiatr Q. 2021 Jun; 92(2):601-607. Garcia ME, Goldman EL, Thomas M, Chan S, Mitsuishi F, Schillinger D, Mangurian C. PMID: 32829448.
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    3. Primary Care Physician Recognition and Documentation of Depressive Symptoms Among Chinese and Latinx Patients During Routine Visits: A Cross-Sectional Study. Health Equity. 2021; 5(1):236-244. Garcia ME, Hinton L, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Kaplan CP, Feldman M, Karliner L. PMID: 33937610.
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    4. Unmet Mental Health Need Among Chinese and Latino Primary Care Patients: Intersection of Ethnicity, Gender, and English Proficiency. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 04; 35(4):1245-1251. Garcia ME, Hinton L, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Kaplan C, Karliner L. PMID: 31667737.
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    5. Language-Concordant Primary Care Physicians for a Diverse Population: The View from California. Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):343-349. Garcia ME, Bindman AB, Coffman J. PMID: 31312781.
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    6. Which Complex Patients Should Be Referred for Intensive Care Management? A Mixed-Methods Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 09; 33(9):1454-1460. Garcia ME, Uratsu CS, Sandoval-Perry J, Grant RW. PMID: 29797217.
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    7. Collaborative Care for Depression among Patients with Limited English Proficiency: a Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 03; 33(3):347-357. Garcia ME, Ochoa-Frongia L, Moise N, Aguilera A, Fernandez A. PMID: 29256085.
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    8. 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. Garcia ME, Schillinger D, Vittinghoff E, Creasman JM, Knapp P, Newcomer JW, Mangurian C. PMID: 28245706.
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    9. 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. Garcia ME. PMID: 27279100.
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    10. Intergenerational education mobility and depressive symptoms in a population of Mexican origin. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 07; 26(7):461-466. Ward JB, Haan MN, Garcia ME, Lee A, To TM, Aiello AE. PMID: 27346705.
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    11. 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. Garcia ME, Lee A, Neuhaus J, Gonzalez H, To TM, Haan MN. PMID: 27000334.
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    12. Community Health Workers: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle for Complex Patients With Diabetes? J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):878-9. Garcia ME, Grant RW. PMID: 25862191.
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    13. Association of maternal depression and infant nutritional status among women living with HIV in Tanzania. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 07; 12(3):603-13. Kaaya S, Garcia ME, Li N, Lienert J, Twayigize W, Spiegelman D, Smith Fawzi MC. PMID: 25382710.
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    14. "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. Stone CA, Siril H, Nampanda E, Garcia ME, Tito J, Nambiar D, Chalamilla G, Kaaya SF. PMID: 25566605.
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    15. 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. Garcia ME, Li MS, Siril H, Hawkins C, Kaaya S, Ismail S, Chalamilla G, Mdingi SG, Hirschhorn LR. PMID: 21441571.
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    16. 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. Siril H, Hirschhorn LR, Hawkins C, Garcia ME, Li MS, Ismail S, Mdingi SG, Chalamilla G, Fawzi W, Kaaya S. PMID: 22066277.
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