Maria D. Garcia-Jimenez, MD, MHS

Maria Garcia-Jimenez, MD, MHS

Health Sciences Clinical Instructor, Department of General Medicine/Hematology-Oncology





Hematology & Oncology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 2019


MHS, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
MD, University of California, San Francisco, 2010
BSc, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2006


Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Manhattan, NY, 2015

Board Certifications

Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2022
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2018

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Scientific Interests

Dr. Garcia-Jimenez's research focuses on better understanding and addressing disparities in participation by racial and ethnic minority patients with cancer, particularly Latino and primary Spanish-speaking patients, in clinical trials. Her work aims to implement and understand the impact of patient level interventions that can address known barriers such as lack of awareness and understanding of clinical trials, and mistrust of the healthcare system. She is particularly interested in developing patient-centered, culturally and linguistically appropriate education material and working with clinical trial navigators. Clinically, she is interested in breast cancer and cervical cancer.

Highlighted Publications

Garcia-Jimenez M, Santoyo-Olsson J, Ortiz C, Lahiff M, Sokal-Gutierrez K, Napoles AM. Acculturation, inner peace, cancer self-efficacy, and self-rated health among Latina breast cancer survivors. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 25(4):1586-602. Nov 2014. PMCID: PMC4348407.

Nápoles AM, Santoyo-Olsson J, Stewart AL, Ortiz C, García-Jímenez M. Evaluating the implementation of a translational peer-delivered stress management program for Spanishspeaking Latina breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Aug;33(4):875-884. doi:10.1007/s13187-017-1202-y. PMID: 28275966; PMCID: PMC5591043.