A Healer.

A Protector.

A Unifier.

Dr. Garcia & Work

Dr. Garcia is a graduate from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and has been in practice for over 21 years. He is American Osteopathic Association (AOA) board certified physician, who specializes in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Garcia has practiced medicine in New York, Florida, and for the past 13 years, here in Washington State. He is the co-author for several medical publications, a chapter in an AOA book, is a health columnist, and an international lecturer. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his many contributions to the Osteopathic medical community. Dr. Garcia has been a Professor, a Dean, the Director of Medical Education for Yakima Regional Cardiac and Medical Center, and the Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lourdes Medical Center. He has served on many Bureaus, Councils, and Committees. He is as passionate about community as he is about work. The communities he’s served have greatly benefited from Dr. Garcia’s hard work.

Dr. Raul Garcia met his wife, Jessica Garcia, RN, a former emergency and trauma nurse while working alongside one another in a Yakima emergency department. Dr. Garcia and Jessica loved working in the Emergency Department, but they wanted to help patients get on the road to recovery. They opened their medical clinic in Yakima in 2018 and their successful business has become a vital part of treating the Yakima community. Their model focuses on mindful, peaceful, individual treatment that emphasizes patient dignity and respect.

Dr. Garcia and his wife Jessica

Jessica & Dr. Raul Garcia

Dr. Garcia has a distinguished history of successful academia and leadership.  Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Dr. Garcia emigrated to the United States at the age of eleven. He came to the U.S. after living in Madrid, Spain and settled in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Garcia graduated in May of 1993 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology/ Immunology from the University of Miami.  At the University of Miami, he was involved as a laboratory assistant at Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital Cancer Center; member of the University of Miami’s Volleyball Team; Senator for the School of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Kappa Sigma International Fraternity.  Dr. Garcia still found time during his college years to work as a Legislative Assistant at the Washington D.C. Offices of Senator Bob Dole.

Dr. Garcia began his medical studies at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 and became the President of his class of 1997.  He was extensively involved in research as a student working on projects in Microbiology and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He was chosen as one of five students to be part of the Stanley Schiowitz Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Fellowship and finished this fellowship in May of 1998, after being awarded his D.O. Degree along with the New York Institute of Technology’s Community Service and Devoted Contribution to the College Award.  Dr. Garcia was also awarded the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society’s Award for Outstanding Student in Organizational Affairs. 

Dr. Garcia’s involvement in the osteopathic profession at the national level began as a student in 1994 when he became the National Coordinator of the Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy.  In 1995, he became the National Public Relations Chairman of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA).  After serving one year as National Parliamentarian for the SOMA in 1996, Dr. Garcia became the National Vice-President of the SOMA and served for two years as such.  He also served as Speaker of the SOMA House of Delegates.  He was among the first group of students ever to serve on an American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) committee and was the first student ever to serve on the AOA’s Public Relations Committee.  He served on this committee until his medical school graduation in 1998.

In 1998, Dr. Garcia was matched as an Emergency Medicine tract Intern at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York and went on to an Emergency Medicine Residency in the same hospital.  Dr. Garcia finished his residency on June 30, 2002 and excelled academically. In the 2001 annual American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) in-service examination, he scored the fourth highest in the country. Dr. Garcia continued his research interests by presenting his research on the Efficacy of the Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections at the ACOEP annual scientific competition in 2000 and won first place in the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium 2002 Annual Research presentation for the same study.  This study was repeated in 2006-2008 under Dr. Garcia’s direct supervision and is recently being reviewed for publication. He worked on other projects such as Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Children with Asthma.  Dr. Garcia also received the St. Barnabas Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Research Award in May of 2002.  He is the co-author of the chapter entitled “Osteopathic Medicine in the Practice of Emergency Medicine” chapter in the American Osteopathic Association’s book Foundations for Osteopathic Medicinebook read in all osteopathic schools. He has published new protocols for the treatment of trauma patients in the Emergency Department as seen in the Journal of Trauma-Injury, Infection & Critical Care in September of 2003. Dr. Garcia served as the Associate Emergency Medicine Program Director of Clinical Research at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine St. Barnabas Hospital Emergency Residency Program.  He also worked in the Department of Medical Education to help coordinate all of the Hospital’s residency programs.

Dr. Garcia’s national involvement continued during his residency when he was appointed to the AOA’s Intern and Resident Committee (IRC).  He served two years on the Committee before being appointed by Dr. Donald Krpan (AOA Past President) to chair the Committee for the Year of the Intern and Resident.  Dr. Garcia served as Chair for two years and was instrumental in transforming the IRC to what is now known as the Bureau of Interns and Residents of the American Osteopathic Association.  Dr. Garcia was also at the forefront in creating the American Osteopathic Association’s Resident on Campus Visiting Program and the power-point presentation on Student Concerns that brought all students, interns, and residents together in an on-line network for postgraduate issues.  He led the American Osteopathic Association’s charge on limiting the previously overwhelmingly demanding resident working hours.  Dr. Garcia was rewarded at the end of an excellent residency career by being awarded the American Osteopathic Foundation Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Outstanding Resident Award.

In 2001, Dr. Garcia was awarded the honor of being the very first resident ever to be selected to the AOA Board of Trustees, the highest position to date for any resident to hold.  Dr. James Zini, past AOA president, gave Dr. Garcia a special gratitude award for his service to the AOA Board that year as the changes that were made with interns and residents were pioneering. He served on the AOA’s Membership Committee for six years and served on the Council of Postdoctoral Physician Training for two years.  Dr. Garcia was the Chairman of the American Osteopathic Association’s Young Physicians Committee which he helped transform into what is now established as the Council of Young Physicians.  He has also served on the Council on Minority Affair and the Bureau of International Medical Education and Affairs for five years.  In addition, Dr. Garcia has been a delegate member of the AOA’s House of Delegates since the culmination of his Emergency Medicine residency in 2002. In the House of Delegates, the law making body of the AOA, Dr. Garcia has shown his leadership by consistently being selected to an AOA House of Delegates Reference Committee every year.

Dr. Garcia was the Chairman of the AOA’s International Seminar held in 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada; 2007 in San Diego, California; and in 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada in conjunction with the AOA’s Convention and Scientific Seminar. He is also involved in the expansion of Osteopathic and Emergency Medicine throughout the world. Dr. Garcia met with European Parliament members to represent the American Osteopathic Association and to educate the European Union countries about American osteopathic medicine. Dr. Garcia is fluent in Spanish and conversational Portuguese.

In New York, Dr. Garcia was directly involved with the revitalization of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society.  Dr. Garcia served as Vice President, Chair of the Society’s Membership Committee, and member of the Public Relations Committee before being elected to the office of President as the youngest person ever to hold this high office.  Dr. Garcia tried to make it possible for all DO’s in the State of New York to find a home in the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society as he branded his year the “Year of Member Unification.”  The society grew from 178 members to over 2,000 members. The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society’s Board nominated Dr. Garcia to return to the American Osteopathic Association’s Board of Trustees.  New York today is no longer considered a small state in the osteopathic profession and Dr. Garcia served as the Chair of the Department on Organizational Affairs and Constitution and Bylaws Committee until his departure to Washington State in 2007.  For all of his service, Dr. Garcia received the NYSOMS Service Award in 2006 and the State’s medal of distinguished service award in 2007.

Dr. Garcia also left his mark in New York as an excellent emergency medicine attending at the Saint Barnabas Hospital Level 1 Trauma, Stroke, and Cardiac Center. His expertise was tapped in New York by the TeleMundo National Network to offer health advice to New York’s Spanish speaking audience.  Dr. Garcia was also featured in the internationally acclaimed BBC Discovery Channel Mini-Series “Bronx 911, Life in the ER.”  From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Raul Garcia also served as the Medical Director of the New York City affiliate of the national AM/PM Concierge Medicine company; an elite medical service company whose clients included hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria.

Dr. Garcia has served his specialty colleges in key leadership roles domestically and internationally. After being Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Garcia obtained Fellowship from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians faster than any other candidate. He served as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the College for four years and was a member for the previous two.  He has also served as the Vice-Chairman for the Colleges’ Membership Committee.  Dr. Garcia obtained his Board Certification in Neuromuscular Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and continues to be involved with the American Academy of Osteopathy. He has served on the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Committee and International Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy. 

Dr. Garcia’s involvement has continued beyond his specialty colleges. He has served on the Educational Committee of the World Osteopathic Health Organization and the International Osteopathic Alliance (OIA). Dr. Garcia was recently appointed to the External Committee of the OIA. He is a founding member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s International Collaborative Committee.   He has also served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.

Dr. Garcia has served his profession in osteopathic licensing boards. He has served in special committees for the COMLEX-USA II examination and served for four years as a COMLEX-USA II Physical Examination examiner. He currently serves as an oral examiner for the American Osteopathic Boards of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Garcia is an international speaker and he has given extensive lectures in the field of Graduate Medical Education. His expertise in this topic ranges from accreditation timelines and the start of residency programs, to financial pro-formas and the daily running of these programs.  He has also lectured on extensively on Emergency Medicine and Osteopathic Practices and Principles. His other speaking topics have been Cultural Competency in treating the Hispanic patient, in Emergency Department Management, in International Emergency Medicine, in Medical Errors, in Controlled Substance Abuse, in Alcohol Abuse, in Domestic Violence, in Student Concerns, in Intern Resident Concerns, in Medical Contracts, and in Starting a Medical Practice. 

Dr. Garcia lives in Yakima, Washington, home of the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine that opened its doors on August 4 of 2008. Dr. Garcia served as the Dean for Postgraduate Affairs for the University from its inception. His expertise in this field helped bring solid core rotations sites and future residency sites for the College in places such as Alaska, Montana, Idaho, as well as Washington State. Dr. Garcia served as a Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Clinical Medicine during the same time period.  In January of 2010, Dr. Garcia took on the task of creating the University’s home core site of Yakima and became the Regional Dean of the Greater Yakima area. He resigned his position at the University in June of 2011 but continues to support the school as a preceptor of Emergency Medicine to the students.

Dr. Garcia has also served as the Director of Medical Education for Yakima Regional Cardiac and Medical Center. He always maintained his full time Emergency Medicine Attending job at the same hospital and rural nearby Sunnyside and Toppenish Community Hospitals until 2013 when he parted ways with Hospital Physicians Practice that oversaw Yakima Regional and Toppenish hospitals. Dr. Garcia has been a Health Columnist for Viva Magazine in Yakima Valley, WA. Dr. Garcia remains committed to education of Osteopathic Principles and Practices in the classroom as well as in the Emergency Department.  In 2009, his students nominated him for the profession’s prestigious “AOA Mentor of the Year Award.”  He was honored by the profession to be one of the five finalists for the award out of over 140 nominations nationwide.  Dr. Garcia is now in the National Osteopathic Mentor Hall of Fame.  In 2012, the Yakima Latino/a Heritage Azteca organization awarded Dr. Garcia, “Health Care Person of the Year 2012 for his passion for outreach education to the Hispanic community and to the residents of Central Washington.

Dr. Raul Garcia finished a Health Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C. through Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. His leadership in the profession continues to get stronger. In 2012, he was hired as a consultant by Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina to help them with the preparation of this new medical school that opened its doors in August of 2013. He served there as the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Osteopathic Integration for the year of inception. He was also the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and a Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Dr. Garcia was chosen to be the Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, WA; a catholic hospital that mostly provides care to an underserved community in the tri-cities. He has managed to change the culture of the Emergency Department and gain the respect of the local Fire and EMS Department and the community as a whole. Dr. Garcia was recently elected by his peers to be the President (Chief of staff) of the Medical Staff of the Hospital. Dr. Garcia also has served as the Chair of the Medical Staff’s Professional Performance Executive Committee.  

Dr Garcia’s passion for community work continues. He has been involved in countless community service activities for Richland and the Tri-cities, especially for underprivileged children. The community has benefitted from his leadership organizing very successful drives for toys for hospitalized kids, the local domestic violence shelter, feeding the homeless, honoring events for our first responders, and over one hundred bikes for books to the local libraries. Human Trafficking has also been a subject that he has taken on and Dr. Garcia has been asked to join the anti Human Trafficking force in the Tri-cities.

In 2016, Dr. Garcia was awarded for changing the culture of the city of Pasco and Lourdes Medical Center. He was nominated and became one of the finalists for the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Physician of the Year. Also in 2016, Dr. Garcia was elected to the prestigious American College of Emergency Medicine Washington State Board.  In 2018, Dr. Garcia was given the Lifetime Fellowship to the American College of Emergency Physicians for his numerous contributions to Emergency Medicine.

>Everywhere he has been, Dr. Raul Garcia has made change.  His love to start and change organizations, healthcare, hospitals, communities, and people’s attitude towards the positive future of this great country of ours, continues every day. He is also very proud and committed to spend time being a father of four children and a husband to his wonderful wife.

Dr. Garcia & Family

When not at work or serving the community, the Garcia family enjoys spending quality time together camping up at Rimrock Lake. Together they have four children and an exchange student from Madrid, in their active, blended family.

Dr. Garcia considers himself to be a protector. His interest and willingness to protect doesn’t stop at his immediate family, as he has a great love for Washington state and the people who live here. He protects people every day through his work, the community through his service, and the state through his actions. The Garcia’s care about a clean environment and teach their kids the importance of respecting people, nature, and preserving the great beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Garcia & Unity

Right now, there is a divide in American that is greater than ever before. Dr. Garcia recognizes this. In Washington, it isn’t just Democrats versus Republicans, but there’s also an East versus West atmosphere. It is his desire to bring the state together to work as one. He strongly believes that we agree on more than we disagree on and that it is in the middle, where our state will thrive and succeed.

Dr. Garcia believes we have many of our nation’s greatest minds right here in Washington, and that if we come together, there is no way that we can fail.
headshot of Dr. Garcia
Dr. Garcia holding a cup of coffee in the woods

A Note from Dr. Garcia

Have your first cup of coffee every morning with me.

What do I mean?
I want you and every other resident of this great state, to wake up each day, look at their first cup of coffee in the morning and think, “I’m having this cup of coffee with Dr Garcia, my Governor, who woke up this morning to work hard for me and my family.”

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