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Anna E. Garcia, M.D.
General Surgery Resident

 
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Office:
Department of Surgery
4 Maloney
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Administrative Telephone: 215-662-6156

Contact Information (internal use only)

Anna.Garcia@uphs.upenn.edu

 

Anna is a second year categorical resident in general surgery whose research interests center on metabolic derangements following surgery in the obese and critically ill. Anna’s other academic interests include disparities in access to care, interprofessional education, and patient safety. She plans to pursue a career in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

 
Appointments
2015 - present Assistant Instructor in Surgery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Education/Training
2010 - 2015 MD - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
 
2012 - 2013 NIH NIDDK Medical Student Research Training Program
 
2006 - 2010 BSPH - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health
BS in Public Health - Major Nutrition, Minor Chemistry; Highest Honors
 
 
 
 
 
Memberships/Societies
2014 - Present Association for Academic Surgery
 
2012 - Present American College of Surgeons
 
2011- Present American College of Medical Quality
 
2010 - Present  American Medical Association
 
 
 
 
 
Research
2010 - 2015 Role of ghrelin in the resolution of diabetes following bariatric surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Surgery
Mentors: Naji Abumrad, MD; Robyn Tamboli, PhD
 
2010 - 2015 Alterations in lipoprotein profiles in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Surgery
Mentors: Naji Abumrad, MD; Robb Flynn, PhD
 
2010 - 2013 Contributions to increased hospital stay following orthopedic procedures
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Orthopedic Institute for Health Policy
Mentors: Manish Sethi, MD; Alex Jahangir, MD
 
2007 - 2010 Role of adiponectin and apolipoprotein E in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Pathology
Mentor: Nobuyo Maeda, PhD.
 
Publications
Published Manuscripts
  1. Tamboli RA, Sidani RM, Garcia AE, Antoun J, Isbell JM, Albaugh VL, Abumrad NN. Jejunal administration of glucose enhances acyl ghrelin suppression in obese humans. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2016 July: 311(1):E252-E259. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00082.2016.
  2. Arbones-Mainar JM, Johnson LA, Torres-Perez E, Garcia AE, Peres-Diaz S, Raber J, Maeda N. Metabolic shifts toward fatty-acid usage and increased thermogenesis are associated with impaired adipogenesis in mice expressing human APOE4. International Journal of Obesity. 2016 June; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.93.
  3. Garcia AE, Kasim N, Tamboli RA, Gonzalez RS, Antoun J, Eckert EA, Marks-Shulman PA, Dunn J, Wattacheril J, Wallen T, Abumrad NN, Flynn RC. Lipoprotein Profiles in Class III Obese Caucasian and African American Women with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. PLoS ONE. 2015 Nov;10(11):e0142676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142676.
  4. Garcia AE, Bonnaig JV, Yoneda ZT, Richards JE, Ehrenfeld JM; Jahangir AA, Obremskey WT, Sethi MK. Patient Variables which may Predict Length of Stay and Hospital Costs in Elderly Patients with Hip Fracture. J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Nov;26(11):620-3.
Manuscripts Submitted for Publication
  1. Garcia AE, Kasim N, Tamboli RA, Gonzalez RS, Antoun J, Eckert EA, Marks-Shulman PA, Wattacheril J, Abumrad NN, Flynn CR.  Lipoprotein profiles in Class III Obese with steatosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: Ethnic comparisons. Manuscript submitted, February 2015.
  2. Garcia AE, Antoun J, Kasim N, Clements RH, Williams DB, Tamboli RA, Abumrad NN. Perioperative changes in acylated and unacylated ghrelin in non-diabetic patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Manuscript submitted, February 2015. 
Published Abstracts
  1. Garcia AE, Antoun J, Clements RH, Williams DB, Marks-Shulman PA, Eckert EA, Tamboli RA, Flynn CR, Abumrad NN. Ethnic Differences in Circulating Lipoprotein Profiles May Be Protective Against NASH in African Americans. Diabetes. 2013 Jul; 62(Suppl 1A): LB39.
  2. Garcia AE, Antoun J, Clements RH, Williams DB, Marks-Shulman PA, Abumrad NN, Tamboli RA. Altered Acyl to Desacyl Ghrelin Ratio Early after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. Diabetes. 2012 Jun; 61(Suppl 1): A515.
  3. Antoun J, Garcia AE, Hajri T, Clements RH, Williams DB, Marks-Shulman PA, Abumrad NN, Tamboli RA. Acyl and Desacyl Ghrelin Modulate the Insulin Signaling Pathway in Human Adipocytes. Diabetes. 2012 Jun; 61(Suppl 1): A438.
Oral Presentations
  1. Hoffman RL, Brooks K, Garcia AE, Aarons C, Martin N, Kelz RR, Association. Leveraging Mentorship to Enhance Knowledge in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Across the Generations. Association of Program Directors in Surgery Surgical Education Week, Boston, MA, April 15, 2016.
  2. Garcia AE, Kasim N, Antoun J, Clements RH, Williams B, Hansen EN, Tamboli RA, Abumrad NN. Role of Ghrelin in Improved Insulin Sensitivity in the Immediate Postop Period after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Washington DC, October 7, 2013.
  3. Brown C, Garcia AE*, Gregory JM, House LM, Jacobson R, Powers A. Pursuing a research year during medical school. NIDDK Medical Student Research Program Symposium, Nashville, TN, August 2, 2012.  
    *All students contributed equally to this panel presentation moderated by Al Powers, MD.
    Oral presentations presented by other authors *Indicates presenter
  4. Sathiyakumar V, Garcia AE, Lee YM, Obremskey WT, Jahangir AA, Ehrenfeld J, Sethi MK*. Operative Intervention for Geriatric Hip Fracture: Does Type of Surgery Impact Length of Stay? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 13, 2014.
  5. Garcia AE, Bonnaig JV, Yoneda ZT, Richards JE, Ehrenfeld JM, Sethi MK*, Jahangir A, Obremskey WT. Patient Variables That May Predict Length of Stay and Incurred Hospital Costs in Elderly Patients With Low-Energy Hip Fracture. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. February 12, 2011.
Poster Presentations
  1. Garcia AE, Antoun J, Clements RH, Williams B, Gonzalez RS, Marks-Shulman PA, Eckert EA, Tamboli RA, Abumrad NN, and Flynn RA. Ethnic Differences in Circulating Lipoproteins may be Protective Against NASH in African Americans. American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, IL, June 22, 2013.
  2. Garcia AE, Antoun J, Clements RH, Marks-Shulman, PA, Abumrad NN, Tamboli RA. Role of altered acyl to desacyl ghrelin ratio in the improvement of insulin sensitivity after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 2012.
  3. Antoun J, Garcia AE, Hajri T, Clements RH, Williams DB, Marks-Shulman PA, Abumrad NN, Tamboli RA. Acyl and desacyl ghrelin modulate insulin-signaling pathway in human adipocytes. American Diabetes Association Scientific Session, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 2012.
  4. Garcia AE*, Sathiyakumar V*, Lee Y, Powell M, Obremskey WT, Jahangir AA, Ehrenfeld JM, Sethi MK. Predictive impact of type of surgical intervention on length of stay for elderly patients with low energy hip fractures. Vanderbilt University Medical Center 30th Annual Research Forum, Nashville, TN, April 26, 2012. *Authors contributed equally.
  5. Lazow MA, Weber KC., Garcia AE, McGuinness IM, Guess KE. Heiniger BW, Dunn DJ, Miller BM. Med School 101: Using concept maps to quantify outcomes of a summer medical course for gifted high school students. 6th Annual Gerald S. Gotterer Health Professions Education Research Day (HPERD) at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, September 22, 2014.
 
Awards
2015 Oscar B. Crofford Award for Diabetes Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
 
2015  Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) Student Research Award
 
2014    American Medical Association (AMA) Physicians of Tomorrow Award
 
2012   Medical Student Research Training Administrative Supplement, NIH National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (T32 DK00761)
 
2011   National Quality Scholar, American College of Medical Quality
 
2011 Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism through NIH National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (T35 DK007383)
 
2011 Patient Safety Roundtable Scholar, University of Illinois – Telluride, CO
 
2010 Highest Honors, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
 
2010 Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning, Vanderbilt University
 
2009 Sarah Steele Danhoff Undergraduate Research Award, UNC Chapel Hill
 
2008  Order of Omega National Honor Society, UNC Chapel Hill

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