Dr. Álvaro Garza is a retired Public Health Officer. He is a public health physician with local, state, national, and international practice and research experience. His local service was with San Joaquin, San Benito, Stanislaus, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties. State service was with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). National service was with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and international service with the Pan American Health Organization of the World Health Organization.
He serves on the statewide advisory committee for the California Office of Binational Border Health of the CDPH. His education includes a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) School of Medicine, pediatrics residency training at the UC San Diego, School of Medicine, and a master’s degree in public health from the San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health. He is board certified in pediatrics, did medical epidemiology training in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC, and is an adjunct faculty member at the UCSF School of Medicine.
Having immigrated from Mexico at age eight years, Dr. Garza is bilingual, bicultural and binational, and occasionally writes bilingual poetry.