Rafael Diaz-Garcia, MD, FACS

Rafael Diaz-Garcia, MD, FACS

Medical Director of Supply Chain
Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Diaz-Garcia attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship, graduating summa cum laude in 2003.  He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as the Albert Stunkard Scholar, graduating with AOA honors. He then commenced his post-graduate training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. During his surgical training, he developed a passion for limb salvage and complex reconstruction.  He relocated to the city of Pittsburgh to complete a Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. As a fellow, he furthered his interests in reconstruction of complex hand/wrist/elbow trauma and limb salvage.  He has a busy clinical practice focused on maximizing limb function after trauma and sarcoma, which includes peripheral nerve surgery, management of fractures, and complex wound management with microsurgery. 

Dr. Diaz-Garcia has authored articles in journals such as the Journal of Hand Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and book chapters in texts of orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and serves as the System Division Chief of Plastic Surgery for the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), a 10-hospital system in Western PA. He has been involved in the conception and leadership of a product value analysis committee for his health system. He also serves as the Medical Director for Supply Chain & GPO for AHN. He has a passion for cost-effective and value-based healthcare.

All Sessions by Rafael Diaz-Garcia, MD, FACS

Healthcare Supply Chain Track Tuesday May 24, 2022
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Moving the Needle on Costs and Outcomes with an Optimized Supply Chain

  • Explore the cost challenges and strategies in funding and subsidies for domestic and/or nearshore production and storage
  • Discuss how implementing a reallocation strategy can lead to reduced costs
  • Gain insights on methods to minimize practice variations and emphasize utilization management in controlling costs
  • Learn about the personnel that should be involved in cost management and optimization efforts

Healthcare Supply Chain Track Monday May 23, 2022
2:20 pm - 3:05 pm

Mobilizing Your Supply Chain: Developing an Agile, Adaptable, and Aligned Strategy

  • Discuss the movement from a traditional sole-source and committed-volume approach to contracting to a more opportunistic and dynamic approach
  • Explore methodologies to improve product brokerage, customs clearance, ocean partner negotiations, and freight vessel booking to efficiently get product from U.S. ports to distribution centers
  • Delve into the various monitoring strategies required to quickly adjust a supplier base in specific categories
  • Explore collaboration strategies with clinical personnel in developing an approved product substitution strategy