Alexander Garza, MD

Chief Quality Officer

Dr. Alexander Garza

As Chief Quality Officer for SSM Health, Alexander Garza, MD, is responsible for all quality, patient safety and clinical analytics including inpatient, ambulatory and home health services, and for positioning SSM Health as a quality and patient safety leader nationally and internationally.
Dr. Garza most recently served as CMO for the St. Louis Region, where he oversaw medical staff affairs, patient safety/quality and clinical resource management across the region’s eight hospitals. Prior to joining SSM Health, he was an Associate Dean and Professor at the Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an appointment he received from President Barack Obama. He legislated health, medical and biodefense authority for the DHS and played a critical role in protecting the United States from threats of terrorism.
Dr. Garza received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, a Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University, and a medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Truman Medical Center/University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Garza is board certified in emergency medicine.

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