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Mary K. Garcia, DrPH, MSN, MSOM, RN, LAc

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Faculty, The American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Houston, TX
Adjunct Faculty, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Austin, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. M. Kay Garcia is an Associate Professor and Licensed Acupuncturist in the Department of General Oncology/Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also teaches at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston and the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas.  For over a decade, Dr. Garcia’s research focus has been to explore the use of acupuncture for symptom management in cancer patients. Current NIH-funded clinical trials conducted in the United States and China are examining the use of acupuncture for radiation-induced xerostomia in head/neck cancer patients. Her additional studies investigated the use of acupuncture for pain management, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and prolonged postoperative ileus.  

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2003 American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Houston, TX, MSOM, Traditional Chinese Medicine
1993 University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX, DrPH, Occupational Health & Safety
1982 Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Health
1977 Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX, BSN, Cum Laude, Nursing

Board Certifications

2003 National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate in Acupuncture
2003 National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate in Herbology

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. M. Kay Garcia, Lorenzo Cohen, Ying Guo, Yuhong Zhou, Bing You, Joseph Chiang, Robert Orlowski, Donna Weber, Jatin Shah, Raymond Alexanian, Sheeba Thomas, Jorge Romaguera, Liang Zhang, Maria Badillo, Yiming Chen, Qi Wei, Richard Lee, Kay Delasalle, Vivian Green and Michael Wang. Electroacupuncture for Thalidomide/Bortezomib-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Multiple Myeloma: A Feasibility Study. Journal of Hematology & Oncology. In Press.
2. Garcia MK, Driver L, Haddad R, Lee R, Palmer JL, Wei Q, Frenkel M, Cohen L. Acupuncture for treatment of uncontrolled pain: a pragmatic feasibility study. Integrative Cancer Therapies 13(2):133-140, March 2014, 3/2014.
3. Garcia MK, McQuade J, Haddad R, Patel S, Lee R, Yang P, Palmer JL, Cohen L. Systematic review of acupuncture in cancer care: a synthesis of the evidence. J Clin Oncol 31(7):952-60, 3/2013. e-Pub 1/2013. PMCID: PMC3577953.
4. Meng Z, Garcia MK, Hu C, Chiang J, Chambers M, Rosenthal DI, Peng H, Zhang Y, Zhao Q, Zhao G, Liu L, Spelman A, Palmer JL, Wei Q, Cohen L. Randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for prevention of radiation-induced xerostomia among patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Cancer 118(13):3337-44, 7/2012. e-Pub 11/2011. PMCID: PMC3422773.
5. Meng Z, Garcia MK, Hu C, Chiang J, Chambers M, Rosenthal DI, Peng H, Wu C, Zhao Q, Zhao G, Liu L, Spelman A, Palmer L, Wei Q, Cohen L. Sham-controlled, randomised, feasibility trial of acupuncture for prevention of radiation- induced xerostomia among patients with nasopharnyngeal carcinoma. EJC 48(11):1692-1699, DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2011.12.030, 2012. PMCID: PMCPMC3832185.

Invited Articles

1. Giordano J, Engebretson J, Garcia MK. Challenges to complementary and alternative medical research: focal issues influencing integration into a cancer care model. Integr Cancer Ther 4(3):210-8, PMID:16113028, 9/2005. PMID: 16113028.

Last updated: 5/1/2014