March 4, 2004 by

Celso-Ramón García


Categories: Medicine

Celso-Ramón García, a doctor who directed some of the first oral contraceptive clinical trials, died on Feb. 1 from cardiovascular disease. He was 82.
A New York City native, Garcia graduated from Queens College and earned his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center of the State University of New York in 1945. He served in the Army Medical Corps, completed residencies at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn, then entered academia as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Puerto Rico. There he and a team of scientists conducted some of the first clinical trials on “the pill,” an oral contraceptive that was developed by Dr. Gregory G. Pincus and Dr. John Rock.
“The pill” was approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960, and is one of the most popular methods of contraception today. More than 12 million women use it worldwide.
Garcia spent the next 27 years teaching human reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming a professor emeritus in 1992. He was a past president of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine as well as the founding president of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. García also co-authored several books on menopause. In 1995, Penn’s School of Medicine established the Celso-Ramón García endowed professorship in his honor.

4 Responses to Celso-Ramón García

  1. S. French

    Baltimore: It had been preplanned that, if the birth were again by Caesarean section, the OB would tie my fallopian tubes. But who could have known that my dear J– would die soon after, when 27 hours old? My three year old couldn’t comprehend what happened to his baby brother. We were bereft. Despite being told for years to “live with it” and that nothing could be done, I did research at the National Library of Medicine. How wonderful to find research about Dr. Celso-Ramon’ Garcia! He was kind, sympathetic, and reassuring that this relatively new procedure called reanastomosis would work. And it did. I have been forever grateful to Dr. Garcia for A–, now 21 years old. Dr. Garcia’s clear eyes (I remember blue-gray) never showed doubt that our family would once again be a happy foursome. He helped make the the sunshine return to our lives. And at the age of eight, M– finally became a Big Brother.

  2. One Who Knew Him

    What can one say to convey the man Dr. Garcia was? He made such an impact on history and in healthcare for women. His research broadened the understanding of human reproduction and women’s health. Women, internationally, have benefited from his many years of research and expertise. There are many mothers smiling because his research helped them achieve their dream. There are many women with a multitude of endocrinological issues who have been able to live a much better quality of life as a result of his expertise in a field that was neglected for far to long. He was a warm, gentle and very compassionate man who was very dedicated to his patients and women’s health. He is an example of excellence in patient care that all physicians should strive to achieve.

  3. angelica

    soy una nina de 13 anos.m bajo la menstrausion antes de los 13 anos. menstrue solo tres beses,y ya no m ah bajado la menstrausion.nose si tengo q ir al doctor oh q puedo aser.

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