Meet Dr. Alexandra Garza Flores
I first considered a career in medicine after a fascinating college course at Texas A&M University exposed me to congenital anomalies and teratology (the study of congenital maldevelopment). Shortly after, I pursued my first experience in medical research, and I was hooked. This fascination matured into a passion for the development of the human body and, by my fourth year of medical school, I was certain I wanted to pursue a career in clinical genetics.
After earning our medical degrees at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston, my husband and I headed to Boston to continue our training. I pursued a general pediatrics residency at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and, in 2017, completed fellowship training in medical genetics at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital. While there, I researched the biopsychosocial aspects of gender identity in children, which has matured into a clinical interest in the genetic determinants of biological sex and gender identity. I was also fortunate to participate in various clinical, research, and patient education opportunities through the MGH Down Syndrome Program, and gain invaluable experience caring for people with this condition.
Today, I am beyond fortunate to be part of the exciting and ever-growing field that is clinical genetics. I joined the Cook Children's family in 2017, and could not be prouder of the work that we do for our patients through the clinical genetics department. The opportunity to offer individuals lifelong care (sometimes, starting in the womb) is a unique and rewarding privilege. I feel strongly about empowering patients and their families with the knowledge necessary to advocate for themselves and become active participants in their health and wellbeing. Moreover, my fluency in both English and Spanish allows me to connect with culturally diverse families in a more personal and meaningful way, which of course, is the most rewarding aspect of this calling.
In clinic, I evaluate, diagnose, and follow patients with a variety of different genetic conditions ranging from isolated developmental delays, to syndromes involving problems in multiple body systems. I am also the geneticist on the Cook Children's DSD (disorders of sexual development) Team, and have plans for a bigger role in our specialized Down Syndrome Clinic in the future.
When not seeing patients, I am running around loving my chaotic life with my husband and our children. Fort Worth has welcomed us with open arms and we cannot get enough of exploring this wonderful city together. I also enjoy participating in medical education, sharing my passions and expertise in this fascinating field with students and physicians alike, both locally and abroad.
- Coordination and interpretation of genetic testing
- Evaluation and diagnosis of rare genetic conditions
- Genetic counseling and patient education
- Long-term surveillance and management of genetic disorders
- Prenatal counseling
- Medical School:
- University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School, Houston, TX
- Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
- Board Certifications:
- American Board of Pediatrics
- American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics
- American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics,Cook Children's Physician Network