As inaugural executive director of the Moon Shots Program's cancer prevention and control platform, Joxel Garcia, M.D., leads efforts to reduce the cancer burden, especially in the underserved population.
Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president and division head, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, and co-leader of the platform, says Garcia's knowledge and leadership at the local, state, national and international levels will boost
MD Anderson's commitment to advancing cancer prevention and control "in transformative ways."
Garcia was the nation's 13th assistant secretary for health during President George W. Bush's administration. At the same time, he was named a U.S. Public Health Service four-star Admiral and U.S. Representative to the World Health Organization. Later Garcia served as president and dean of medicine for Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in his native Puerto Rico. In 2012, he became director and chief medical officer for the Washington, D.C. Department of Health. He also served as a founding partner with Aegis Health Security, a global health care advisory firm.