Young Investigator Honored for Living Donor Work

Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD

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The ASN-AHA Young Investigator Award and Address will focus on kidney transplants on Sunday, Nov. 20. Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD, will speak on “Living Kidney Donor Transplantation: Improving Safety, Access, and Outcomes.”

Dr. Garg is a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics at Western University in London, Ontario; site director of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western Facility; and provincial leader of the ICES kidney, dialysis, and transplantation program. He practices general nephrology and is director of living kidney donation at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Garg is active in clinical, health services, and population-health kidney research, with more than 370 peer-reviewed publications. Some examples of the impact of his research include the introduction of new information for living kidney donor candidates as part of the informed consent process; an improved understanding of the long-term outcomes of E. coli O157:H7 poisoning that has been cited in litigation to compensate victims of food or water mishandling; and findings about unsafe drug prescribing causing acute kidney injury that led to label changes by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Garg currently serves as president of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, which he previously served as secretary-treasurer. He recently co-chaired the international Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes clinical practice guidelines in living kidney donation committee. He serves on the living kidney donor advisory committee of Canadian Blood Services. He is also the medical lead for the Ontario Renal Network, working for greater access to kidney transplantation.

He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

He has received a National Kidney Foundation international distinguished medal for his research contributions to renal medicine, a premier of Ontario research excellence award, and a trainee research award from the Canadian Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Garg received his MD from the University of Toronto, completed an internal medicine residency at McMaster University, completed a nephrology fellowship at Western University, and received a PhD in health research methodology from McMaster University.