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Alexandra Garza-Flores, MD

Alexandra Garza-Flores, MD, is a board certified pediatrician currently undergoing further subspecialty training in Clinical Genetics and Genomics. She is currently the primary coordinator for the “Predicting Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome” research study, through which our team seeks to design a tool for easier identification of this prevalent problem, ultimately increasing the comfort and quality of life of our patients.

Medical Education
  • MD: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, 2011
  • Residency: Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, 2014
  • Fellowship: Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, present
Biography

Alexandra Garza-Flores, MD, is a board certified pediatrician who is passionate about caring for patients with genetic conditions. She completed general pediatrics residency training at the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in 2014, and is currently undergoing further subspecialty training in Clinical Genetics and Genomics via the Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program. Given her special interest in persons with Down syndrome, Dr. Garza-Flores joined the MGH Down Syndrome Program Research Team in 2015. Upon completion of her training, Dr. Garza-Flores hopes to continue to care for persons with Down syndrome and other genetic conditions as a clinical geneticist.

Presentations:

Garza-Flores A, Dubuc AM, Dias-Santagata D, Hammarsjö A, Lin AE, Goldenberg PC, Grigelioniene G. (2016, September). Anterior segment dysgenesis and skeletal dysplasia associated with a 5 kb FOXC1 deletion: Uncovering the critical region for De Hauwere syndrome. Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program; Boston, MA. Presented at: 2016 David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis, Lake Arrowhead CA.

Grigelioniene G, Garza-Flores A, Dubuc AM, Dias-Santagata D, Hammarsjö A, Lin AE, Goldenberg PC. (2016, May). De Hauwere syndrome is associated with a 5kb deletion involving FOXC1: Narrowing the critical region of a previously described rare phenotype. Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, Boston MA, and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm SE. Presented at: Annual Center for Skeletal Research Symposium, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA.

Garza-Flores A, Dias-Santagata D. (2016, May). Uncovering the genetic basis of De Hauwere Syndrome: a 5-kb deletion resulting in loss of FOXC1 defines the critical region associated with this phenotype.  Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Presented at monthly Genomics Case Conference for Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals, 30 minutes. 

Garza-Flores A, Dubuc AM, Dias-Santagata D, Hammarsjö A, Grigelioniene G, Goldenberg PC. (2016, March). Atypical skeletal presentation in a patient with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome with a 1.9 kb partial FOXC1 deletion. Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, Boston, MA. Presented at: American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics 2016 annual clinical genetics meeting; Tampa FL.

Clinical Interests
  • Clinical genetics and dysmorphology
  • Prenatal genetics
  • Down syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
Publications

Garza A, Huang LZ, Son JH, Winzer-Serhan UH. Expression of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors and Subunit Messenter RNAs in the Enteric Nervous System of the Neonatal Rat. Neuroscience. 2009 Feb; 158(4): 1521-1529. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 19095047

Patient Age Group
  • Adult
  • Pediatrics
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish