Ocala, FL – Alejandro J. Garcia, MD, trauma surgeon at Ocala Regional Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center, was among 1,640 initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif. This year’s class of initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.
Dr. Garcia completed his fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, and received training at Shands Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He completed his residency and internship in general surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, where he was honored with the Louis S. Russo Award for Outstanding Professionalism in Medicine, Outstanding Resident Educator Award, Trauma ONE award, and the Emmet F. Ferguson Jr. Award.
Dr. Garcia received his medical education at Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico, where he served as class president for four years. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.
Ocala Regional Medical Center is one of five HCA hospitals affiliated with the USF-HCA Trauma Network. As part of that affiliation, Dr. Garcia holds a position as Assistant Professor of Surgery with the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.