Announcement: Dr. Amit Garg appointed Associate Dean, Clinical Research

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Amit Garg has been appointed as Associate Dean, Clinical Research, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2026.

Dr. Amit Garg is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. He is an internationally recognized nephrologist and clinician scientist, and holds the Dr. Adam Linton Chair in Kidney Health Analytics.

Dr. Garg earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1995. In 1998, he completed his Masters of Arts in Education at the University of Toronto. In 2005, he completed his PhD at McMaster University in Health Research Methodology in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at McMaster University, followed by a nephrology fellowship at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Garg’s research has made a substantial impact on the safety and practice of living kidney donation, prevention of peri-operative acute kidney injury, and improving scientific information retrieval. His research on unsafe drug prescribing practices has led to label changes by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has authored more than 600 papers and has published more than a thousand collaborators. He has an h-index of 107, and he has been a primary research supervisor to more than 70 trainees who achieved substantial academic success.

As Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Dr. Garg will enable effective partnerships across the University and its health care partners to help faculty achieve the overall research mission of the School. He will work with stakeholders to develop and support a set of strategic clinical initiatives and core facilities, positioning the School as an international leader. This includes developing streamlined, innovative approaches to large clinical trials and leveraging big data resources.

He has served as the inaugural Director of the London Kidney Clinical Research Unit; inaugural Director of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Western Facility; President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology; Provincial Medical Lead for the Ontario Renal Network within Ontario Health; and Director of Living Kidney Donation at LHSC. He has established and led training programs in health research and has served on the mentorship committees of more than 15 clinical faculty at the School.

Dr. Garg has received numerous awards, including the Donald W. Seldin Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Nephrology; the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Research; the Dr. Joseph Gilbert Research Contribution of the Year Lawson Impact Award; the U.S. National Kidney Foundation International Distinguished Medal; and the Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal of Research Excellence. In 2021, he received the Hellmuth Prize, Western University’s highest distinction for sustained excellence in research.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Garg on his new appointment.

John Yoo, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University