Arvin Garg, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Arvin Garg
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Garg is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Garg received his B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University, M.P.H from Boston University School of Public Health and his medical doctorate from Boston University School of Medicine. After completing his clinical residency in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut, he worked for two years in private practice at Valley Pediatrics located at the time in Huntington Valley, PA. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral General Academic Pediatric fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After being on faculty for two years at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Garg joined Boston University School of Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Garg’s research interest is focused on addressing adverse social determinants of health (SDoH) within the delivery of pediatric care, particularly for urban low-income families. During fellowship, Dr. Garg’s SDoH trial received the Francis F. Schwentker Award Winner for Excellence in Research by House Staff and Fellows in the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Society of Pediatric Research Fellow Clinical Research Award. His research has been cited in recent professional guidelines recommending SDoH screening at medical visits. Dr. Garg has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2009 and has also received extramural funding from private foundations.

Dr. Garg served as the co-chair for the Serving the Underserved Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and was a member of the APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty. He is currently Chair of the Health Care Delivery Committee for the APA. He has served on various other committees focused on SDoH and community health both locally and nationally.

Dr. Garg has been recognized for his clinical teaching with awards from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Boston Combined Residency Program. He has also been recognized by a diverse body of institutions for his outstanding service and commitment to teaching, research, and empowering families to live their healthiest possible lives.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA


  • Published on 4/7/2020

    Ragavan MI, Marcil LE, Garg A. Climate Change as a Social Determinant of Health. Pediatrics. 2020 May; 145(5). PMID: 32265296.

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  • Published on 3/9/2020

    Peltz A, Galbraith AA, Rogers S, Walsh R, Garg A. Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics of Families at Risk for Losing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. JAMA Intern Med. 2020 Mar 09. PMID: 32150242.

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  • Published on 3/2/2020

    Garg A, Byhoff E, Wexler MG. Implementation Considerations for Social Determinants of Health Screening and Referral Interventions. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Mar 02; 3(3):e200693. PMID: 32154884.

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  • Published on 2/19/2020

    Gurewich D, Garg A, Kressin NR. Addressing Social Determinants of Health Within Healthcare Delivery Systems: a Framework to Ground and Inform Health Outcomes. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 May; 35(5):1571-1575. PMID: 32076989.

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  • Published on 1/16/2020

    Fuller AE, Garg A, Brown NM, Tripodis Y, Oyeku SO, Gross RS. Relationships Between Material Hardship, Resilience, and Health Care Use. Pediatrics. 2020 02; 145(2). PMID: 31949000.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Messmer E, Brochier A, Joseph M, Tripodis Y, Garg A. Impact of an On-Site Versus Remote Patient Navigator on Pediatricians' Referrals and Families' Receipt of Resources for Unmet Social Needs. J Prim Care Community Health. 2020 Jan-Dec; 11:2150132720924252. PMID: 32449443.

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  • Published on 12/5/2019

    Ray KN, Zickafoose J, Garg A. Advancing the Dissemination of Innovations in Pediatric Health Care Delivery. Acad Pediatr. 2020 04; 20(3):306-307. PMID: 31812784.

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  • Published on 11/18/2019

    Spencer AE, Baul TD, Sikov J, Adams WG, Tripodis Y, Buonocore O, Jellinek M, Michael Murphy J, Garg A. The Relationship Between Social Risks and the Mental Health of School-Age Children in Primary Care. Acad Pediatr. 2020 03; 20(2):208-215. PMID: 31751774.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Byhoff E, Tripodis Y, Freund KM, Garg A. Gender Differences in Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health in Aging Adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 11; 34(11):2310-2312. PMID: 31385211.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Dworkin PH, Garg A. Considering Approaches to Screening for Social Determinants of Health. Pediatrics. 2019 10; 144(4). PMID: 31548336.

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