David A. Garcia, MD

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David A. Garcia, MD
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David A. Garcia, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Hematology and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Associate Medical Director of Anti-Thrombotic Therapy, UW Medicine

Hematology

“I take into account my patient’s preferences and values in the decisions we make.”

— Dr. Garcia

What is your role as a hematologist?

I take into account my patients’ preferences and values in the decisions we make about how to manage their problem or their disease. I also inform them of the best available evidence relevant to their clinical decision-making. In addition to teaching my patients, I mentor and teach students and senior trainees. I like that they question the dominant paradigm and ask questions like, "Why do we do it like this?" When I don't have a good answer to that question, then it usually becomes the subject of a potential research study.

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials are the comparison of two treatment options to determine which one is either safer, more effective or both. Without patients’ participation, we would not be able to move research forward. Patients participate in clinical trials because they want to help future patients in their situation, so we can make the diagnosis and treatment of blood clots even better than it is today.

Provider Background

Specialty: Hematology

Area of clinical practice
Non-malignant hematology

Thrombotic disorders
I've been invited to help develop international clinical practice guidelines for the treatment and prevention of thrombosis. With both the American Society of Hematology and the American College of Chest Physicians, I’ve been involved in the development of guidelines that are used by physicians all over the world to help them make decisions about how to take care of their patients.

Diseases Treated

Anemia

Bleeding Disorders

Blood Disorders

Cellular Hematology

Clotting Disorders

Cytopenia

Elevated Count on CBC

Suspected Bleeding Disorder

Thrombosis

Monoclonal Gammopathy

Languages

English
Spanish

Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Duke University

Medical Degree
University of Alabama

Residency
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine

Fellowship
University of Washington, Hematology

Board Certification
Hematology, 2014, American Board of Internal Medicine

Other
Teaching appointment, University of New Mexico Hospital

Awards

Seattle Magazine's 2017 Top Doctors award

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

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Publications

Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

View Dr. Garcia's Publications

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Insurance

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