For six years, Nilda Garcia, MD, held the title of trauma director for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. In February 2017, she was named Surgeon-in-Chief of the hospital. But she’s also known as a mom, a wife, a rock star trauma surgeon (according to her patients), team player, and most of all, a compassionate warrior who cares and fights for her patients.
“It’s heart-wrenching to watch kids who are not responsible for their own injuries suffer the way they do. So it’s our job as trauma specialists to provide the best care possible for these most vulnerable patients,” says Dr. Garcia.
Since taking the trauma helm six years ago, Dr. Garcia has treated hundreds of Central Texas children from birth to age 15 at the only pediatric Level I Trauma Center in our area. She also established a consortium of six Level I Trauma children’s hospitals that share important research and data. This research has not only been published in major medical journals, it has also been turned into widely used treatment guidelines.
Dr. Garcia is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and was born in San Diego, Texas. She and her siblings were taught about strong work ethics at a very young age and worked at their family’s grocery store.
Dr. Garcia attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied pharmacy. She later put herself through medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas by working as a pharmacist.
After professional jaunts in Los Angeles and Dallas, she accepted the position of trauma director at Dell Children’s and moved to Austin with her family in 2011.