In addition to his role in the Medical Department of Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, in Geneva, Switzerland, Garcia is a core member of the organization’s International Pediatric Working Group and a clinical coordinator for the Telemedicine platform. He grew up in both France and Mexico, where he completed his doctor of medicine degree at Mexico National University and pediatric residency training at the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico City.
“His experience and perspective are vital to our understanding of some of the world’s most pressing health and public health challenges, especially as they impact children,” said Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the College of Public Health.
Garcia’s presentation, “Children in Disasters,” is part of the Leading Voices in Public Health lecture series and the Justice, Health and Humanities lecture co-sponsored by ETSU’s College of Public Health and the Department of Philosophy and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.
MSF is an international humanitarian organization founded in 1971 to provide health care in combat zones and countries impacted by significant disease outbreaks. Since 2006, Garcia has completed many field missions for MSF in such countries as Uganda, Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Palestine, Iraq and North Korea, among others. Garcia is also the founder of “Everywhere Schools,” a non-governmental organization dedicated to educating children during humanitarian and emergency situations.
Prior to his lecture, a meet-and-greet reception with Garcia will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. It will also be available via livestream at www.etsu.edu/cph/livestream.php. For more information about the Leading Voices Lecture Series, call 423-439-4243 or visit https://www.etsu.edu/cph/speakersseries.php. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.