Rafael Garcia M.D., FACS

Dr. Garcia has been board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology since 1994. Among others, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Head and Neck Society. He practices all fields of the specialty with a particular interest in the management and treatment of head and neck cancer, thyroid, and parathyroid conditions.

Specialties:

General ENT, Ear, Hearing, Allergy, Sinus, Head & Neck, Voice & Swallowing and Sleep

Languages:

English & Spanish

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Patient Testimonial

I went to see Dr Garcia after suddenly developing a mass on my right side of neck.

by Heath Grades Patient

It was growing and there was no pain and I didn't have a cold that would contribute to swelling of the glands. It turned out to be a second brachial cleft cyst and Dr Garcia was able to remove it . He was wonderful in easing anxiety I was feeling about being hit with a sudden growing lump that was naturally causing my mind to go to the worst thoughts. He was very thorough in my evaluation and decision for surgery.


Ear

The ears help us hear the sounds around us, as well as maintain our balance when we stand and walk. When pieces of the ear are infected or begin not to work properly, your hearing and balance can be impacted.

  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear Infections
  • Dizziness

Audiology

Audiology is the branch of medicine that deals with hearing. Our specialized audiologists help to determine the source of your hearing loss and work with you to utilize the available options that can help improve it.

  • Hearing Loss

Allergy

Allergies are the immune system’s abnormal response to a foreign substance around you. These are items that don’t cause a reaction in all patients, but your immune system has found them to be harmful and reacted. Allergies can include environmental allergens such as dust and pollen, as well as food or medications.

  • Environmental Allergy
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Asthma Management
  • Hives and Eczema

Sinus

Your sinuses are hollow cavities that help found around the noses and eyes. Their walls are lined with mucus that helps filter and humidify our air. If this mucus does not drain properly, the sinuses can become blocked. This leads to problems such as sinus infections or other conditions.

  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Congestion (Nasal Blockage)
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Sinus Infections
  • Loss of Sense of Taste and Smell

Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of preparing yourself for the day ahead. We’ve all experienced the difficulties that a lousy night of sleep can cause. For those with sleep disorders, achieving a good night of sleep can be even more challenging and even require medical intervention to be achieved.

  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea

Head & Neck

The head and neck are hosts to different types of glands that help us maintain our health. Much like other areas of the body, the head and neck and the glands within can experience infection, swelling, and cancer. This can affect the overall balance of our health and the systems that maintain it.

  • Thyroid Masses
  • Neck Masses
  • Salivary Glands Masses
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Abnormal Parathyroid Glands
  • Chronic Tonsils and Adenoid Infections

Voice & Swallowing

Our voices can help us connect and communicate with the world around us. While speaking can seem easily achieved, it is really the work of several muscles and organs working together to achieve sound. If one of these muscles is strained or infected, the voice or swallowing can be impacted.

  • Vocal Cord Tumors
  • Acid Reflux
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

Ear

The ears help us hear the sounds around us, as well as maintain our balance when we stand and walk. When pieces of the ear are infected or begin not to work properly, your hearing and balance can be impacted.

  • Ear Hygiene and Wax Removal
  • Ear Tubes

Audiology

Audiology is the branch of medicine that deals with hearing. Our specialized audiologists help to determine the source of your hearing loss and work with you to utilize the available options that can help improve it.

  • Hearing Aids Dispensing
  • Hearing Testing

Allergy

Allergies are the immune system’s abnormal response to a foreign substance around you. These are items that don’t cause a reaction in all patients, but your immune system has found them to be harmful and reacted. Allergies can include environmental allergens such as dust and pollen, as well as food or medications.

  • Allergy Shots
  • Allergy Drops
  • Food Allergy Testing

Sinus

Your sinuses are hollow cavities that help found around the noses and eyes. Their walls are lined with mucus that helps filter and humidify our air. If this mucus does not drain properly, the sinuses can become blocked. This leads to problems such as sinus infections or other conditions.

  • Surgery for Nasal Polyps and Chronic Sinusitis
  • Septoplasty Deviated Septum Surgery
  • Nasal Turbinate Reduction

Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of preparing yourself for the day ahead. We’ve all experienced the difficulties that a lousy night of sleep can cause. For those with sleep disorders, achieving a good night of sleep can be even more challenging and even require medical intervention to be achieved.

  • Prescribe and Monitor CPAP
  • Evaluation of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Head & Neck

The head and neck are hosts to different types of glands that help us maintain our health. Much like other areas of the body, the head and neck and the glands within can experience infection, swelling, and cancer. This can affect the overall balance of our health and the systems that maintain it.

  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancers Evaluation and Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Endoscopic Inspection of the Throat and Voice Box (Flexible laryngoscopy)

Voice & Swallowing

Our voices can help us connect and communicate with the world around us. While speaking can seem easily achieved, it is really the work of several muscles and organs working together to achieve sound. If one of these muscles is strained or infected, the voice or swallowing can be impacted.

  • Vocal Cord and Voice Examination
  • Acid Reflux Testing

Provider Biography

Dr. Rafael I. Garcia was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he also completed his postgraduate training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Buffalo, NY where he received his fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. After completing his training, Dr. Garcia returned to Puerto Rico, where he was an assistant professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2002, he relocated to El Paso, Texas to practice his specialty.

Dr. Garcia has been board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology since 1994. Among others, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Head and Neck Society. He practices all fields of the specialty with a particular interest in the management and treatment of head and neck cancer, thyroid, and parathyroid conditions.

Dr. Garcia is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Education

Dr. Garcia graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where he also completed his postgraduate training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Buffalo, NY where he received his fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Doctor of Medicine

  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine 

Awards and Honors

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Fellowship trained in Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow American Head and Neck Society

“I treat every patient as a unique individual with compassion and empathy. My goal is to provide the best care and guide the patient through all the phases of his/her illness.”

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