Raul Garcia

Raul Garcia

Chair, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research; Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research; Director of CREED (Center for Research to Evaluate & Eliminate Dental Disparities)

Research Description

Research interests include the mechanisms of periodontal disease progression, alveolar bone loss, skeletal bone mineral density, as well as tobacco control and prevention.

Studies encompass the areas of oral epidemiology, health services research, and health policy. The work involves a variety of population studies with the focus on underserved populations such as elders, minorities, and persons living with disabilities.


Inagaki, K, Krall, EA, Fleet, JC, Garcia, RI. Vitamin D receptor alleles, periodontal disease progression, and tooth loss in the VA dental longitudinal study.J. Periodontol. 2003 Feb;74(2):161-7.

Page RC, Krall EA, Martin J, Mancl L, Garcia RI. Validity and accuracy of a risk calculator in predicting periodontal disease. J. Am Dent Assoc. 2002 May;133(5):569-76.

Jones JA, Spiro A 3rd, Miller DR, Garcia RI, Kressin NR.

Need for dental care in older veterans: assessment of patient-based measures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002 Jan;50(1):163-8.

Garcia RI, Henshaw MM and Krall EA (2001). Relationship between periodontal disease and systemic health. Periodontol. 25(1):21-36.

Krall EA, Garvey AJ and Garcia RI (1999). Alveolar bone loss and tooth loss in male cigar and pipe smokers. J. Am. Dent. Assoc. 130(1):57-64..

Garcia RI, Krall EA and Vokonas PS (1998) Periodontal disease and mortality from all causes in the VA Dental Longitudinal Study. Ann. Periodontol. 3(1):339-49..

Mendez, M. V., Scott, T., LaMorte, W., Vokonas, P., Menzoian, J. O. and Garcia, R. (1998) An association between periodontal disease and peripheral vascular disease. Am. J. Surg. 176(2):153-7.

Garcia, R. I. (1997) Esthetics, orthodontics and surgery. Orthod. Fr. 68(1):97-102. French

Krall EA, Dawson-Hughes B, Garvey AJ and Garcia RI (1997). Smoking, smoking cessation, and tooth loss. J. Dent. Res.76(10):1653-9.

Beck, J., Garcia, R., Heiss, G., Vokonas, P. S. and Offenbacher, S. (1996) Periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. J. Periodontol. 67(10 Suppl):1123-37.