Jose M Garcia M.D., PhD


Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Clinician Investigator, GRECC, VAPSHCS



Career Interest:

   Muscle wasting during aging and cachexia

   Ghrelin and GH/IGF-1 axis

   Testosterone and hypogonadism in the elderly

   Traumatic brain injury and hormonal deficiencies


Research Interest: My current research focuses on the role of ghrelin, androgens and other anabolic pathways in different wasting conditions including aging and cachexia. My basic lab is focused on understanding molecular pathways involved in the development of muscle wasting, fat atrophy and anorexia in these settings, and in the development of novel targets for these conditions. My group is also involved in several human trials in patients with cancer anorexia and cachexia aiming at characterizing the pathways involved and identifying the mechanisms of action of different potential therapies. More recently I have started a program to study hormonal deficiencies in the setting of traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Education and Training:

Doctorate/PhD: 2007-2011 Baylor College of Medicine, Clinical Scientist Training Program, Houston, TX

Fellowship: 2002-2005 Fellow, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine/MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Residency: 1999-2002 Internship/Residency in Internal Medicine, George Washington University, Washington DC

Internship: 1998-1999 Internal Medicine Internship, Hospital Privado de Cordoba, Argentina

Medical School: 1992-1997 Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina

Postgraduate Training:

2012-2013 Community of Champions Veterans Affairs Leadership Program


Bibliography: Link to NCBI Collections

Google Scholars: Page/Profile


General Information:

Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System

1660 S. Columbia Way


Seattle, WA

Phone Number: (206)764-2984

Fax Number: (206)764-2569