/ Last Modified November 28, 2012

Pima County Names New Health Director

Francisco A.R. Garcia comes from UA medical school

Francisco A.R. Garcia portrait Dr. Francisco A.R. Garcia, Pima County health director. (PHOTO: UA College of Medicine)

Francisco A.R. Garcia has been named Pima County's director of public health, the county announced in a Wednesday press release.

Garcia, a University of Arizona professor of public health and obstetrics/gynecology, will begin work in January. He is a UA alumnus, earning his bachelor's and medical degrees in Tucson, and he received his master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The county health department oversees a wide range of services and issues, including health education and prevention programs, clinics, birth and death records, nutrition programs, consumer and food safety and even animal control.

Garcia's position is a new job, combining the health director and chief medical officer positions. He will replace health director Sherry Daniels, who retired in September, and Michelle McDonald, who retired in July.

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