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Joel A. Garcia-Fernandez, MD - Interventional Cardiology

Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute - Downtown Orlando

Address: 1222 S. Orange Ave
4th Floor
Orlando, FL 32806

Call: 321.841.6444

Fax: 321.842.1955

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bio

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Joel A. Garcia-Fernandez, MD, RPVI, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FCCP, joined Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute in 2014. His areas of practice include general, interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. Dr. Garcia-Fernandez is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine. He is also a registered physician in vascular interpretation.

Dr. Garcia-Fernandez received his medical degree from Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. After completing an internal medicine internship and medical residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, he fulfilled two fellowships — in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology/peripheral disease — at the University of Colorado Denver. Throughout, he earned several residency and fellowship honors and awards. His outstanding work and presentations have also merited many states, regional, national, international awards and recognitions.

Prior to joining Orlando Health, Dr. Garcia-Fernandez was with Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado Denver, where he served as director of the Interventional Services and Catheterization Laboratory. He was also an associate professor of medicine at University of Colorado in Denver. His special interests include advanced imaging, rotational angiography, 3-D modeling, and coronary and device reconstructions. Dr. Garcia-Fernandez has been instrumental in technologies like optical coherence tomography and fractional flow reserve and has participated in numerous conferences worldwide, sharing his knowledge and expertise.

An author of a vast number of published articles and book chapters, Dr. Garcia-Fernandez is also a reviewer and editorial member of several medical journals. He is a scientific board member of the World Congress of Heart Disease Annual Scientific Sessions and an appointed Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Society Coronary Angiography and Interventions, American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians.

At Denver Health Medical Center he served as Director of Interventional Services (Coronary, Peripheral and Structural) and Catheterization Laboratory. Dr. Garcia is a past member of the Council of Associates of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a member of several professional societies including the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Medical Association (AMA), American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Dr. Garcia has been the recipient of many national, international, and institutional awards for his clinical excellence, leadership, and research involvement. Among those he was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award (ICIM, Japan), the American Medical Association (AMA) Leadership Award, an Emerging Young Leadership Award from Cardiovascular Revascularization Therapies (CRT), SCAI/GE Research Award, ACCF/BMS Award, a Clinical Research Fellows Conference Award, and is also one of the 2021 and 2022 Orlando Magazine Top and Premier Doctors. During his early training at Wayne State University Dr. Garcia was the recipient of Awards as the Outstanding Intern of the year 2001, Outstanding 2nd year resident 2002 and Outstanding 3rd year resident 2003. He was also the recipient of a first place in clinical pathologic case Award at Wayne State University in 2002 and 2003. Was also honored as the outstanding clinic fellow award 2003 and was the recipient of the scholarly activity award in 2003. Dr. Garcia won the first place poster competition of the American College of Physicians 2002, first place oral competition in 2003 and second place poster competition 2003. At the American College of Cardiology 2008 he won a first place in poster competition. He was also the Outstanding first year fellow at the University of Colorado 2004 and Outstanding Research Fellow in 2006. The Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions funded his research on CT modeling in 2007 awarding him the SCAI/GE Research Award. Joel also received as a senior author a first place in poster competition at the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute 2021 & 2022 Symposium.

Dr. Garcia is the recipient of the 2018 Orlando Health Faculty Teaching Award in Medicine as voted by the residents in Internal Medicine. He is also the recipient of the 2019, 2021 & 2022 Cardiology Outstanding Teaching Faculty Awards as voted by the Orlando Health Cardiology Fellows. He is also one of the 2021 & 2022 Orlando Magazine Top and Premier Doctors as voted by his peers in Medicine. This is the very first Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program in Central Florida. Dr. Garcia is also one of the 2022 Orlando Magazine Top and Premier Doctors as voted by his peers in Medicine. He also serves as the Cardiology Symposium Director for the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute (OHHVI) Cardiology Group and the Pan American Medical Association (PAMA).

Dr. Garcia chairs the Cardiology Medical Economics Committee at Orlando Health (MEOC), is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) and is a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He is an active board member, served as Vice President (2019) and is the current President (2020) of the Pan-American Medical Association (PAMA). Dr. Garcia holds clinical appointments as Associate Professor for the University of Florida (UF), University of Central Florida (UCF) and Florida State University (FSU).

Dr. Garcia also specializes in structural heart interventions to treat Aortic, Mitral and Tricuspid valve disease and performs procedures such as Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Mitral valve clips (Mitra Clip). He closes defects in the heart including paravalvular leaks, ventricular septal defect (VSD), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). He also performs complex Coronary and Peripheral vascular interventions including pulmonary embolism thrombectomy (lnari), catheter directed thrombolysis (EKOS) and lower extremity arterial and carotid revascularization. Dr. Garcia is experienced in coronary/peripheral chronic total occlusion work and left ventricular unloading (IABP, LVAD, etc.).

On a more personal note, due to his multiple accolades, awards and exemplary career, Joel has been honored by the Mayor of his hometown as a “Distinguished Son” of his beloved Santiago, Dominican Republic. Also, in 2022 the Dominican Consulate and the Panamerican Medical Association honored him with an award for his medical career, personal trajectory, community service and humanism during the Doctors Gala.

Board Certifications

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Academic Information

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Medical Education

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra School of Medicine

Internship

Wayne State University

Residency

Wayne State University

Fellowship

University of Colorado Health Science Center

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