Saint Francis Healthcare announced the addition of pioneering vascular
and interventional radiologist Mark J. Garcia, M.D., F.S.I.R., F.A.C.R
to our medical staff at Saint Francis Healthcare.
Dr. Garcia has over 20 years of experience treating patients using image-guided
techniques that include X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The techniques
are minimally invasive, using needles and small catheters to direct treatment
rather than surgical incisions. He treats patients with many conditions,
from peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose
veins and pulmonary embolism to many types of cancer, spinal fractures,
uterine fibroids and more.
As one of the first physicians in the world to successfully treat chronic
DVT, Dr. Garcia has brought hope and improved quality of life for many
of his patients suffering from Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS). Chronic
DVT is a condition in which a clot hardens and scars veins, hampering
blood flow and causing PTS. Dr. Garcia’s revolutionary technique
involves inserting a small catheter with tiny transmitters that emit ultrasound
waves into the vein. He has been able to demonstrate that the ultrasound
waves, in combination with balloon angioplasty, have been successful in
reopening the vein. Patients reported a significant reduction and even
resolution of pain and ulcers following the procedure.
Dr. Garcia performed his first chronic DVT procedure at Saint Francis on
a patient from Vancouver, Canada, on Monday, June 12. The administrators
at Saint Francis hope that this will become the Comprehensive Vein Center.
Dr. Garcia is the Medical Director and President of Vascular & Interventional
Associates of Delaware and EndoVascular Consultants, housed at Suite 401
in Saint Francis Healthcare’s Medical Office Building. In the past,
he treated patients at Christiana Care Health Services as a staff physician
in interventional radiology. While there, he also served as Chief of Interventional
Radiology, Medical Director of the Center for Comprehensive Venous Health,
as well as Medical Director of the Center for Heart & Vascular Health
Peripheral Labs. He also started and directed the accredited interventional
radiology fellowship training program.
Dr. Garcia is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, with
added qualification in interventional radiology. He completed his residency
in 1994 at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a fellowship
in cardiovascular and interventional radiology at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology
as well as the Society of Interventional Radiology and was voted a Delaware
Top Doctor in 2010 and 2014. He received the
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology Distinguished Clinical Study for his ACCESS PTS Study in 2015. His studies
have been published in more than 20 scholarly medical journals, and he
has presented his research and a variety of techniques at conferences
and symposiums worldwide.
Dr. Garcia unveiled groundbreaking research in New Orleans last week (June
14-17, 2017) in a presentation at the Society of Vascular Medicine’s
28th Annual Scientific Meeting. Please join Saint Francis in welcoming
Dr. Garcia to their team.