Dr. Amit Garg appointed to the position of Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Amit Garg has been appointed to the position of Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

The Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics plays a leadership role in clinical research in the Division of Nephrology at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The purpose of this Chair is to conduct research inspired by the problems and information needs of kidney patients, and of the practitioners and administrators who care for them. The use of Ontario’s large healthcare databases is central to several studies, which are accessed at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western data centre.

Dr. Garg completed his MD at the University of Toronto in 1995. He received his PhD from McMaster University in 2005 in Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics. In 2003, he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Garg became an Associate Professor in 2007 in the Department of Medicine, and in 2011, he was a Professor.

Dr. Garg has published research in the highest-ranked medical journals (the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine and the top kidney and transplant journals). Overall he has published 318 peer-reviewed articles (216 in the past five years). He uses rigorous methods to test important hypotheses, and secured 19 operating grants as nominated principal investigator from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the past five years (total $5.3 million).

His research has had a demonstrable impact, for example his findings on living kidney donation (41 studies) are shared with prospective donors as part of the informed consent process. His research outputs have been recognized with prestigious awards including the US National Kidney Foundation International Distinguished Medal, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, and many local research awards.

Dr. Garg has often sought-out multidisciplinary expertise. In the past decade, he has collaborate with 883 different authors from 50+ international centres.

Dr. Garg uses methods learned in his Masters of Education to provide comprehensive research training experiences to help individuals realize their academic and professional goals. He has served as a primary supervisor to 77 trainees, who have published 113 first author papers, and received 51 research awards (including the top-resident research prize in Canada). Since their training, nine individuals have secured faculty positions, six have established independent research programs (with their own CIHR funding), eight are institute research associates, three are allied health professionals and 16 were accepted into medical school.

Dr. Garg is an experienced leader, serving as the Clinical Director of Living Kidney Donation at the London Health Sciences Centre, the Inaugural Director of ICES Western, and Lead of the ICES Kidney, Dialysis and Transplantation Provincial Research Program (developed in partnership with 13 investigators from five universities).

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Garg on his appointment.