Rachel Garvin, MD
Dr. Garvin is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery who is board-certified emergency physician fellowship trained in neurocritical care. She specializes in the emergency and critical care management of patients with disorders of the brain and spine. Her emergency medicine background makes her one of a very small number of physicians in the country with this combination of specialty training.
Dr. Garvin began her medical career working for five years as a Registered Nurse. While working in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC, she decided she wanted to have more input into patient care decision making. She completed her pre-medical studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, before attending University Of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. During medical school, Dr. Garvin received numerous honors including junior year induction to AOA, and the awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement as well as Excellence in Emergency Medicine. She also developed a love of teaching by doing summer teaching workshops to incoming medical students as well as tutoring. She graduated Summa cum Laude in 2006. Her interest in Emergency Medicine took her and her family to the University of Cincinnati for residency. Having always enjoyed the challenges of critical care, she developed an interest in Neurocritical care, a specific niche of critical care. She completed a Neurocritical care fellowship in 2012 at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Garvin joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in August 2012. She focuses on Neurocritical care while still keeping herself active as an Emergency Physician. Her other main focus is education. Her goal is to expand the knowledge of neurocritical care to other specialties as well as continuing to grow and improve neurocritical care at University hospital. She is involved with medical student and resident education and has developed curricula for both medical student and resident rotations in the neuroICU. She lectures both intra and interdepartmentally and regionally. She has an interest in care quality improvement initiatives which involves developing and refining unit protocols and monthly unit quality improvement meetings with didactic sessions. Dr. Garvin is a member of the Neurocritical Care Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.