Ernest V. Garcia, PhD

Endowed Professor

Cardiac Imaging


Emory Nuclear Cardiology R&D Laboratory

Woodruff Memorial Research Building

101 Woodruff Circle
Room 1203

Phone: (404) 712-7641


In his time at Emory, Dr. Garcia has served as the former Co-Director of the Emory/Georgia Tech Biomedical Technology Research Center, and a past Director of the Center for PET and the Advanced Imaging Research Center. He is also a past Vice-chairman of Research. At NIH, he was a member of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section. At the FDA, he served on the Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Advisory Committee. He is a member of the editorial boards of five journals and associate editor of JNC. Dr. Garcia is a past President of the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Institute for Clinical PET, and the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology, and founding President of the American Society for Nuclear Cardiology Foundation, as well as the ASNC 2011 Verani Lecturer.

  • 1968-1974: University of Miami, Miami, Florida   
  • 1971:  B.S., Physics and Mathematics
  • 1972:  M.S., Physics
  • 1974:  Ph.D., Physics

Dr. Garcia specializes in medical imaging and bioinformatics, particularly quantitative analysis of cardiac images. His techniques have resulted in six commercial products used for quantifying myocardial perfusion images, including the Emory Cardiac Toolbox, which has over 30,000 licenses worldwide. He was selected by Medical Imaging Magazine as a Medical Imaging Industry Top 10 Nuclear Medicine Researcher. He received the Top Innovator Award from Emory's Office of Technology Transfer. He was recognized by the Better World Project for his leadership role in starting a successful company, which spun off from academic research that has changed the world. He was named Game Changer by Emory's SOM and was also named to the Council of Distinguished Investigators of the Academy of Radiology Research.

Dr. Garcia has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, 60 chapters and 9 books in the fields of nuclear medicine, cardiovascular imaging and image processing.