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 9/9/2019

    Peltz A, Garg A. Food Insecurity and Health Care Use. Pediatrics. 2019 Sep 09. PMID: 31501238.

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  • Published on 8/5/2019

    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 Aug 05. PMID: 31385211.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Buitron de la Vega P, Losi S, Sprague Martinez L, Bovell-Ammon A, Garg A, James T, Ewen AM, Stack M, DeCarvalho H, Sandel M, Mishuris RG, Deych S, Pelletier P, Kressin NR. Implementing an EHR-based Screening and Referral System to Address Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care. Med Care. 2019 Jun; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S133-S139. PMID: 31095052.

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  • Published on 5/23/2019

    Garg A, Cull W, Olson L, Boyd AF, Federico SG, Dreyer B, Racine AD. Screening and Referral for Low-Income Families' Social Determinants of Health by US Pediatricians. Acad Pediatr. 2019 May 23. PMID: 31129128.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Byhoff E, Garg A, Pellicer M, Diaz Y, Yoon GH, Charns MP, Drainoni ML. Provider and Staff Feedback on Screening for Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health for Pediatric Patients. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun; 32(3):297-306. PMID: 31068394.

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  • Published on 4/1/2019

    Garg A, Homer CJ, Dworkin PH. Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Challenges and Opportunities in a Value-Based Model. Pediatrics. 2019 Apr; 143(4). PMID: 30902829.

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  • Published on 1/9/2019

    Garg A, Tripodis Y, Dworsky ZD, Sege RD. Do Basic Unmet Maternal Needs Influence Infant Maltreatment Risk? A Nested Case-Control Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 Apr; 58(4):461-465. PMID: 30623689.

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  • Published on 5/23/2018

    Beck AF, Cohen AJ, Colvin JD, Fichtenberg CM, Fleegler EW, Garg A, Gottlieb LM, Pantell MS, Sandel MT, Schickedanz A, Kahn RS. Perspectives from the Society for Pediatric Research: interventions targeting social needs in pediatric clinical care. Pediatr Res. 2018 07; 84(1):10-21. PMID: 29795202.

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  • Published on 4/11/2018

    Federico SG, Cull W, Olson L, Garg A, Racine AD, Fisher A, Dreyer B. United States Pediatricians' Attitudes Regarding Public Policies for Low-Income Children and Their Profession's Advocacy Priorities. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Sep - Oct; 18(7):783-788. PMID: 29654906.

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  • Published on 12/20/2017

    Garg A, Sheldrick RC, Dworkin PH. The Inherent Fallibility of Validated Screening Tools for Social Determinants of Health. Acad Pediatr. 2018 03; 18(2):123-124. PMID: 29274399.

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