Dr. Garcia-Tsao is professor of internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Healthcare System where she is chief of the Section of Digestive Diseases and program director of the Hepatitis C Resource Center, one of four such centers nationwide. She is also director of the Clinical Core of the NIH-funded Liver Center at Yale.
Dr. Garcia-Tsao earned her medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City and completed her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutrición in Mexico City. She completed training in hepatology at Yale University and joined its faculty in 1989. She has published more than 100 original articles, chapters and reviews. Dr. Garcia-Tsao’s research has been mainly in the area of the complications of cirrhosis, specifically varices, variceal hemorrhage, ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and hepatorenal syndrome. She was part of the research team that established the threshold portal pressure level for the development of varices, that performed the only placebo-controlled study of propranolol in the prevention of first variceal hemorrhage and that performed a study defining the cutoff ascites polymorphonuclear cell count in the diagnosis of SBP. Her research has also defined the clinical characteristics and outcome of liver vascular malformations in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.
She has served as a member of the NIDDK-C Study Section of NIH and served as associate editor of the Journal of Hepatology. She has been a member of various international consensus conference teams that have established current standards in the treatment of portal hypertension and its complications. She was a part of the team that prepared the recent AASLD/ACG guidelines for the management of varices and variceal hemorrhage. Dr. Garcia-Tsao has participated in many AASLD activities and committees. She has served as secretary, chaired the education oversight committee and the membership committee and served as co-organizer of a research workshop and a single topic conference.