Rochelle L. Garcia M.D.

Rochelle L. Garcia M.D.
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  • English


  • Cancer Care (Breast)
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Pathology


Dr. Garcia is a strong general surgical pathologist with subspecialty expertise in gynecologic and breast pathology and is devoted to teaching and international service. She is a UW professor of pathology and adjunct professor of gynecology. Her major foci are teaching how to practice thoughtful, patient-centered and cost-effective diagnostic pathology, how to effectively communicate via written and verbal reports with clinicians and patients and how to educate and clarify notions about the general concept of neoplasm and what is cancer. She has volunteered in Kenya and mentors residents with interest in providing pathology services to underserved areas.

Dr. Garcia is a Washington native who graduated from University of Washington’s School of Medicine in 1989. After practicing a year of internal medicine at the University of Washington, she completed pathology training 1994. She has worked at Harborview, the Seattle VA and UWMC. She was the pathology residency director for 12 years and has been the surgical pathology fellowship director since 2000. She is also the breast and gynecology fellowship director and has held various other administrative positions. She completed the teaching scholars program in 2011 and has received several awards for her teaching.

She is board certified in cytopathology, in addition to anatomic and clinical pathology. She was recently listed in Seattle Met as a "Top Doctor."

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in making thoughtful, careful diagnoses and writing clear, thoughtful reports that effectively communicate to the treating physician. This communication helps educate physicians who then can more effectively explain the disease processes to their patients. I believe that "patient-centered" or "individualized" care means taking care of the entire patient by taking their individual situation and wishes into account. I believe that people do not easily fit into the boxes that medical paradigms create.

Clinical Interests

Gynecologic and breast pathology; international pathology and general pathology..

Research Interests

Gynecologic neoplasms (particularly fallopian tube and ovarian neoplasms); education; endometrial neoplasia; and terminology of neoplasms.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Medical education 1989
UW - Division of General Internal Medicine Internship
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency
UW - Dept. of Pathology Fellowship

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic & Clinical Pathology 1994
American Board of Pathology Cytopathology 1997