Professional and Personal Life

personal and professional life

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIFE

I am interested in all aspects female health care with special interest and extensive experience in Advanced Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy including  da Vinci ® Robotic surgery, Hysteroscopy, Urodynamics, and Evaluation and Management of Fibroids, Pelvic Pain, Infertility, Endometriosis, Abnormal Bleeding, Urinary Incontinence and Menopause.

I established my private practice, here in Austin, in 1993 – Travis Ob/Gyn Associates at Seton Northwest, and I’m very happy to have joined the Renaissance Women’s Group in 2008.

I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. My wife, Catherine and I married in 1988. We have four children; Devin, Logan, Meagan and Graceyn. We are partners at the Austin Stone Community Church. I am a Christian recording artist, singer/songwriter. Other Interests include personal fitness and traveling.

Undergraduate Degree:
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas, Austin – 1985

Medical School Attended:
UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas – 1989

Internship:
Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Residency:
Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland – 1989-1993

Board Certified:
American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Memberships and Societies:
Fellow, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

American Society of Laparoscopists and Endoscopists

American Medical Association

Texas Medical Association, Southern Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations:

Active:

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin TX

Seton Northwest Hospital, Austin TX

Seton Medical Center, Austin TX

Seton Medical Center Williamson, Round Rock TX

St. David’s North Austin Surgery Center, Austin TX

 

Courtesy:

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Austin TX

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Cedar Park TX

St. David’s Medical Center (Main), Austin TX

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, Round Rock TX

Committees:

North Austin Medical Center Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Austin Texas Steering Committee, original committee  member, 2011 – 2013

Director Minimally Invasive Surgery Renaissance Women’s Group, Austin, TX 2010- Present

Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery – Epicenter Surgeon, Austin, TX,     2012 – Present

Single Site Surgeon Lecture Training Programs, 1-2/month 2013-present

Intuitive Surgical Master’s Courses – Advanced Robotics in Gynecology, Sunnyvale, CA; multiple 2012 – Present

Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery – Advanced Robotic Surgeon Training Courses, Austin, TX;  multiple ongoing courses, include LIVE  complex  Surgery *Bi-Monthly, 2012 – Present

Intuitive Surgical – Advanced Robotic Surgeon Training 2 day w/ live porcine lab, Houston, TX; multiple ongoing courses, Quarterly, 2012 – Present

Intuitive Surgical Training Courses – Advanced Robotic Surgeon Training 2 day w/ Cadaveric  Single-Site Reduced Port and Tissue Extraction, Sunnyvale, CA; multiple ongoing courses, Bimonthly 10/2014 – Present

PRESENTATIONS:

Intuitive Surgical Speaker Bureau – ongoing  multiple*  talks by request throughout the country  on  topics:  Single-Site, Reduced Port, Tissue Extraction, Complex Benign Gyn Robotic Surgery

2014 Intuitive Surgical Executive Summit Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery –A Surgeons’s Perspective

 2014 AAGL  Unedited Video presentation Single-Site Do Wrists Matter? Intuitive Surgical Booth

 VIP Surgeon Meeting daVinci Xi meeting Sunnyvale,California- case presentation Xi  complex myomectomy, June 2014

2012 AAGL Reduced Port Robotic  Gynecologic Surgery

Live Surgery Complex 20wk Fibroid Uterus, Advanced Course Host, April 2014, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Austin, Tx

Live Surgery Robotic Single Site, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Emerging Technology Conference, Austin TX, April 2014

Complex Myomectomy Presentation, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Emerging Technology Conference, Austin TX, April, 2014

Honorary Membership and International faculty ; AGES –Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery; AGES XXIV  Annual Scientific Meeting ,Sydney Australia , March 2014

Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy, March 2014,  Sydney , Australia, Australasian Gynecologic Endoscopic Society; AGES Conference

Live Surgery Moderator Complex and Single Site Robotic Hysterectomy, March 2014,  Sydney , Australia

Australasian Gynecologic Endoscopic Society; AGES Conference

Live Surgery Complex 20wk Fibroid Uterus, Advanced Course Host, January 2014, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Austin, Tx

Reduced Port and Single Site Hysterectomy, August 2013, WRGC, Chicago, Illinois

Robotic Single Site Myomectomy, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Emerging Technology Conference, Austin TX, October 2012

Robotic Approach to Endometriosis, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Emerging Technology Conference, Austin TX, October 2012

Robotic Reduced Port Hysterectomy, Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Emerging Technology Conference, Austin TX, October 2012

Awards & Achievements

  • Gynecologic Surgeon Texas Institute Robotic Surgery
  • Clinical Director Minimally Invasive Surgery Renaissance Women’s Group
  • Certified Proctor/Speaker Intuitive Surgical daVinci Robotic Surgery
  • Over 500 Gyn Robotic cases performed/proctored/co-surgery
  • Instructor DaVinci Robotic Laparoscopy Masters and Advanced courses
  • Steering Committee for St David’s Texas Robotics Institute, Austin, TX
  • Awarded among America’s Top Obstetrician & Gynecologists by Consumer’s Research Council of America 2012
  • Patient’s Choice Award 2010
  • Proctor Status for Transobturator Midurethral Sling, Proctor Status for Laparoscopic Supracervical/ TotalLaparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Nominated by AORN Most Prestigious Surgeon Award 2005, Nominated by AORN Most Prestigious Surgeon Award 2007
  • Physician of the Year” Travis Physician Associates 1995, America’s Top Obstetricians & Gynecologists by Consumer’s Research Council of America
  • President Travis Ob/Gyn Associates 2002 – present, Vice President Travis Ob/Gyn Associates 1995-2002
  • Nominated “Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans” 1990 ,1991,1993
  • Franklin Square Resident Research Day “Best Paper”, PGY2 title: Hypermenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea: Ablation?
  • AlphaEpsilonDelta University of Texas premed honor society
  • Dean’s Honor list six semesters University Texas
  • University of Texas Achievement Award Scholarship 1981, designated “Epicenter Surgeon” by Intuitive Surgical.
  • Dr. Garza in one of a handful of surgeons selected to perform Single Site Hysterectomy in Texas. Other doctors include Dr. Payne, Dr. Neyman and Dr. Jukes from Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery.
  • Dr. Garza was also part of the initial seven surgeons in the U.S. trained on this platform for early evaluation and best practice technique development.
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