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Alexander Garza, MD, MPH

Dr. Alexander Garza is the Associate Dean at the Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice where he is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology as well as an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the School of Medicine. He also serves as the Medical Director and Homeland Security Advisor to FirstWatch, a data analytics firm. Previously he served as the medical director for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining St. Louis University, Dr. Garza was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security where he served from 2009 – 2013. He oversaw all aspects of health and security at DHS, was a prinicpal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and briefed the White House on health and security issues.

Dr. Garza’s career has centered on the delivery of emergency care, public health and security. This includes working as an EMT, paramedic, flight medic, emergency physician, army officer and an EMS administrator. Dr. Garza is board certified in Emergency Medicine and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health. He has written numerous papers on emergency care and lectures nationally and internationally on issues involving health and security. He has deployed to combat theaters where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.