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Manuel M Garcia, MD

Manuel M Garcia, MD

Cardiovascular Disease
“A good day is any day where I have the ability to do what I love: spend time with my patients. Being part of Methodist Physician Practices contributes to that—because of their commitment to our patients, we have the resources we need to care for our patients the way we would like them to be cared for, and the way I would want to be treated.”

Cardiologist Manuel M. Garcia, MD, FACC was influenced to pursue cardiology by a medical school professor and by his father, Dr. Allen Garcia, a prominent and beloved San Antonio physician who practiced internal medicine and cardiology. Early in his career, Dr. Garcia was drawn to cardiovascular procedures and interventions and the gratification derived from helping someone in acute cardiac distress. Since then, with his colleague Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Gary Maszak based at the hospital performing diagnostic and therapeutic catheterizations, Dr. Garcia has developed a special interest in the care of patients with congestive heart failure and the advancements made both in medications and in the management of this condition.

"We’re not sending that many people to transplant anymore. We’re paying more attention to the importance of follow-up and we’re condensing the treatment time-frames. Patients are more engaged in their own care. We have better coordination with ancillary services like home health. All of these factors contribute to the improvements we see in the care of patients with heart failure,” says Dr. Garcia.

Happy to be back seeing patients at Heart Plaza One, the medical office building adjacent to Methodist Texsan Hospital, Dr. Garcia is joined by a new partner, Dr. Michael Cavazos. Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Roger Muse and Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Keith Nguyen also hold regular clinics at Heart Plaza One.

Dr. Garcia graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He pursued a degree in medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas and completed both his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock.

Dr. Garcia joined Central Cardiovascular Institute of San Antonio in 1995 and served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of their Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. In 2010, the practice became South Texas Cardiology Institute where Dr. Garcia also serves as Medical Director. Since 1996, Dr. Garcia has held various appointments at Southwest General Hospital, with Baptist Health System and with Methodist Healthcare. He was also the Medical Director of the Heart Center of Central San Antonio from 2002 to 2010. Most recently, Dr. Garcia served as Vice Chairman of the Quality Improvement Committee for Methodist Healthcare System from 2014 to 2016 and as Chairman from 2016 to 2017. He currently serves as Chief of Staff Elect at Methodist Texsan Hospital and will serve as Vice Chair for Medical Staff at Methodist Healthcare from 2019 to 2021.

Vice Chair of Medical Staff for Methodist Healthcare board that oversees Methodist Physician Practices and Dr. Garcia belongs to a number of professional associations including Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and American Society of Echocardiography. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease.
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