Award: Dr. Amit Garg conferred Kidney Foundation’s Medal for Research Excellence

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has awarded Dr. Amit Garg, Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the 2021 Medal for Research Excellence.

For 25 years, this award annually recognizes nationally and internationally renowned Canadian researchers who have contributed to advancing the field of kidney-related research, and whose work has potential to significantly improve patient care. 

Garg currently holds the Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He is a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute and ICES, and an Associate Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute.His research in the areas of nephrology has received international recognition, particularly his work understanding how different treatments alter the risk of acute kidney injury from elective surgery, improving the practice and safety of living kidney donation and reducing adverse events from prescription medications,. 

Through his research, Garg also hopes to innovate and streamline practices surrounding the conduction of clinical trials, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and care within nephrology and beyond.

“Dr. Garg is an outstanding example of research leadership in Canada. His work with Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes helped establish the definitive international clinical practice guidelines in living kidney donation and stands as just one of his many notable achievements,” said Dr. Nicolas Fernandez, patient lead and co-chair of The Kidney Foundation’s Research Council.

Garg has published more than 600 articles with more than 1,000 different authors worldwide and has supervised and mentored more than 70 research trainees at Western University.

As a dedicated clinician-scientist, he is also the medical director of the living kidney donation program at the London Health Sciences Centre. He is involved as a leader on the provincial level, overseeing the ICES Provincial Kidney Dialysis and Transplantation and the Access to Kidney Transplantation for the Ontario Renal Network. Nationally, Garg was the past president of the Canadian Society of Nephrology.