Joel R. Garcia, M.D., F.A.C.C.

  • Joined Orlando Heart Center July 2006
  • Practices at the Sand Lake office
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Board Certified: ABIM- Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and CBNC-Nuclear Cardiology
  • Subspecialties/ Interests: Adult Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation, specialty interest in the entire spectrum of heart failure management including advanced therapies to include LVAD therapies and management and workup of patients who need cardiac transplantation.
  • Skills: Experienced in all aspects of invasive cardiology (non-interventional), as well as echo cardiography with a special interest in valvular heart disorders. Extensively skilled in interpretation of Nuclear Cardiology (SPECT imaging), Cardiac CT imaging, and Cardiac PET imaging. Clinical interests vary across the breadth of general, preventive and invasive cardiology
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Doctorate in Medicine: The AUC School of Medicine
  • Internship & Residency: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine/Lehigh Valley Hospital (Internal Medicine). 
  • Fellowship: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (Cardiovascular Diseases) 
  • Memberships: American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, Society of Cardiac CT, American Society of Echocardiography, National Lipid Association, American College of Cardiology/Fellow (FACC), Fellow College of Chest Physicians, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA)
  • Leadership: Medical Director of Heart Failure Services Program – Orlando Health Heart Institute/Dr. P. Phillips Hospital (Society of Cardiac Patient Care accredited program), Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center – Dr. P. Phillips Hospital (Society of Cardiac Patient Care accredited program), Medical Executive Committee Member of the Orlando Heart Center, Member of Orlando Health Collaborative Quality Committee, President of the American Heart Association’s Orlando Board of Directors
  • Academic appointments: Assistant Professor of Medicine – University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine – Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Personal: Very happily married to a great woman with three young boys


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