Family First Health’s Dr. Luis Garcia has been named to this year’s Physician 40 Under 40 list by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. PAMED’s new award is one of the several efforts to recognize the state’s efforts in training physicians and encouraging them to stay and practice here.
Garcia is a York-area native, engaged not only in the area’s medicine, but it’s community. He also advocates for the Latino population, and serves as a teacher for the York Hospital Family Medicine Residency Community Medicine curriculum.
He was nominated for the award by Douglas McCracken, WellSpan Community Health Center’s Interim Medical Director.
“Luis is a modest person, but his footprint is large,” McCracken wrote in the nomination letter. “… He uses teaching and media (TV and radio) to inspire generations of community medicine physicians, and to inspire patients – outside the exam room – toward better health.”
Garcia joined Family First Health in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Garcia completed his family medicine residency at York Hospital.
“Dr. Garcia sets the standard for young physicians,” said Family First Health CEO Jenny Englerth. “He sees beyond the individual patient and into the community when assessing health status while maintaining an personalized approach to care. This recognition is well deserved!”
When he’s not working, Garcia volunteers his time at the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry and has served as Team Leader Assistant on Mission trips to Ecuador. Garcia is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the Catholic Medical Association.
“I sometimes have challenging days, and I have to say, when I hear him on the radio or see a patient of his, I am reminded of what an asset he is to our community,” McCracken wrote. “His impact and his humility inspire me to be a better physician.”
About Family First Health
Founded in 1970, Family First Health is a non-profit, federally qualified health center dedicated to increasing access to affordable, quality health care. With sites in York, Hannah Penn Middle School, Lewisberry, Hanover and Gettysburg, Family First Health provides a broad range of primary health, dental care and social services to insured, uninsured and underinsured patients with the goal of improving the health of our communities as a whole. For more information, visit www.familyfirsthealth.org. Se habla español.
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