H-E-B School of Business & Administration Dr. Decima 'Chris' Garcia

Chris Nesser (pka Garcia), Ph.D. 

Phone: 210-283-6484
Office: AGO 105
CPO: 427

Research Foci: 
Health Policy, Access and Financing of Healthcare Delivery, Inter Professional Education and Practice 

Hobbies & Interests: 
I have two wonderful young children along with 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a 250 gl aquarium full of fish. Our home is a zoo


  • Academic Background 

    Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Health Policy and Administration 

  • Courses Taught 

    Heathcare Finance I and II

    Healthcare Marketing

    Healthcare Policy

    Accounting Concepts

    Business Statistics

  • Recent Intellectual Contributions 

    Dominguez, D. G., Garcia, D.C., LaFrance, K. G., (2013). Developing a New Graduate Program in Healthcare Management: Embracing the Transformation of Healthcare Management Education on a Pathway to Success. Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice, and Research, V3(1).

    LaFrance, K., Garcia, D., and Dominguez, D. "The Concurrent Graduate Assistantship: Lessons from the Ground Up." Annual Conference of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. June 3-6, 2015 Miami, FL. Peer Reviewed Poster Presentation.

    Nguyen, C., Crocker, A., Garcia, D., Ramirez, M., Valdes, M., and Sarbacker, B. "Campus-wide Awareness of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Among Health Professions. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Academic Pharmacy 2014, July 26-30, 2014, Grapevine, Texas. Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation.

    Decima Garcia, Dan Dominguez, and Kevin LaFrance. "Interprofessional Practice Teams and the Role of the Health Administrator: An Educational Strategy." Annual Conference of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. June 19, 2014, San Antonio, TX.  Peer Reviewed Conference Presentation.

  • Work Experience 

    Hospital Administrator in the U.S. Navy (23 years); Senior Project Manager for Parsons Architectural and Engineering Firm (2 years); Retail Manager (2 years) 


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