P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sumeet Garg, 2000

Associate Professor, Children's Hospital Colorado / University of Colorado

Sumeet Garg is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Sumeet was born in Rochester, New York. His parents, who emigrated from India, live in Pittsford, New York.

Sumeet received his MD from Harvard University in 2004. He received a BA degree in biology from Harvard University, where he researched in a Boston Children's Hospital lab, served as a clinical research intern on a children's ward in a Rochester, New York hospital, and wrote articles on nutritional aspects of pediatric AIDS.

Sumeet spent the 2002-2003 academic year away from Harvard Medical School as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow at University of Pennsylvania and conducted clinical research on tumors of the spine and spinal cord in children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his orthopedic residency at Washington University in St. Louis and pediatric orthopaedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Sumeet is a member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Scoliosis Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Children's Spine Study Group, Fox Severe Pediatric Spine Deformity Study Group, and Minimize Implants, Maximize Outcomes Study Group. He has presented scientific research at multiple international scientific meetings and regularly publishes peer-reviewed research in the field of orthopaedics and spinal surgery.

Sumeet has been on faculty as assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Colorado since 2010 and also a staff pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Children's Hospital Colorado since 2010. His clinical focus is on treatment of spinal deformity in children and adolescents. His research focuses on these same clinical topics with special emphasis on early onset scoliosis (prior to the age of ten).

Sumeet is married to Molly Lahlein Garg and has two children. Molly has an active family photography business. He and his family live in Denver, Colorado.


  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2004
  • AB Biology | Harvard University 1999
Select Publications
  • Fernandes ND, Wu QL, Kong D, Puyang X, Garg S, Husson RN. A mycobacterial extracytoplasmic sigma factor involved in survival following heat shock and oxidative stress. Journal of Bacteriology. 1999; 181:4266-74.
  • Garg S, Dormans JP. Primary tumors of the spine in children: A review from the pediatric musculoskeletal tumor program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal, 2003; 16:19-29.
  • Garg S, Hosalkar HS, Dormans JP. Quadriplegia in a 10 year-old boy due to multiple cervical neurofibromas. Spine. 2003; 28:E339-E343.
  • Garg S, Mehta S, Dormans JP. An atypical presentation of Langerhans cell histiocytosis of the cervical spine in a child. Spine. 2003; 28:E445-E448.
  • Garg S, Dormans JP. Images in clinical medicine. Rotationplasty for Ewing’s sarcoma of the distal femur. New England Journal of Medicine, 2004; 351:e7.
  • Garg S, Mehta S, Dormans JP. Langerhans cell histiocytosis of the spine in children: long-term follow-up. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – American, 2004; 86:1740-1750.
  • Hosalkar HS, Garg S, Pollack A, Dormans JP. The diagnostic accuracy of MRI vs. CT imaging for osteoid osteoma in children. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2005; 433:171-17.
  • Garg S, Mehta S, Dorman JP. Modern surgical treatment of primary aneurysmal bone cyst of the spine in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2005; 25:387-392.
  • Kocher MS, Garg S, Micheli LJ. Physeal sparing reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in skeletally immature prepubescent children and adolescents. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – American, 2005; 87:2371-2379.
  • Garg S, Dormans JP. Tumors and tumor-like conditions of the spine in children. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005; 13; 372-381.
  • Kocher MS, Garg S, Micheli, LJ. Physeal sparing reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament in skeletally immature prepubescent children and adolescents: Surgical Technique. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – American, 2006; 88: Supplement 1, Part 2, 283-293.
  • Hosalkar HS, Greenberg J, Gaugler RL, Garg S, Dormans JP. Abnormal scarring with keloid formation after osteochondroma excision in children with multiple hereditary exostoses. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2007; 27:333-337.
  • Garg S, Hosalkar HS, Dormans JP. Autofusion of the cervical spine in two children with Langerhans cell histiocytosis. American Journal of Orthopaedics. 2007; 36:E124-126.
  • Garg S, Dobbs MD. Use of the Ponseti method for recurrent clubfoot following posteromedial release. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics, 2008; 42:68-72.
  • Simon SL, Auerbach JD, Garg S, Sutton LN, Telfeian AE, Dormans JP. Efficacy of spinal instrumentation and fusion in the prevention of postlaminectomy spinal deformity in children with intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2008; 28:244-249.
  • Garg S, Dobbs MB, Schoenceker PL, Luhmann SJ, Gordon JE. Surgical treatment of traumatic pediatric humeral diaphyseal fractures with titanium flexible intramedullary nails. Journal of Childrens Orthopaedics, 2009; 3:121-127.
  • Garg S, Porter K. Improved bracing compliance in children with clubfeet using a dynamic orthosis. Journal of Childrens Orthopaedics. 2009, 3:271-276.
  • Gordon JE, Garg S. Pediatric Humerus Fractures: Indications and Technique for Flexible Titanium Intramedullary Nailing. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2010; 30: S73-S76.
  • Garg S. Scoliosis treatment depends on age of child, severity of condition. CAFP News. 2011; Winter Issue: 19-21.
  • Garg SB, Oetgen M, Rathjen KE, Richards BS. Kyphectomy improves sitting and skin problems in patients with myelomeningocele. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 2011;469(5):1279-1285.
  • Anakwenze OA, Auerbach JD, Buck DW, Garg S, Simon SL, Sutton LN, Sponseller PD, Dormans JP. The role of concurrent fusion to prevent spinal deformity after intramedullary spinal cord tumor excision in children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 2011;31:475-479.
  • Garg S, Erickson MA. Evaluation and management of back pain in adolescents. CAFP News. 2012; Winter Issue 22-26.
  • Rabenhorst B, Garg S, Herring JA. Posterior spinal fusion in patients with Ehlers Danlos syndrome: A report of six cases. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics, 2012;6(2):131-136.
  • Baulesh DM, Huh J, Judkins T, Garg S, Miller NH, Erickson MA. The role of serial casting in early onset scoliosis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2012;32(7):658-663.
  • Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Garg S, Weller A, Larson AN, Kwon M, Browne R, Copley L, Ho C. Increased severity of type III supracondylar humerus fratures in the preteen population. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2012;32(6):567-572.
  • Garg S, Engelman G, Yoshihara H, McNair B, Chang F. The Relationship of GMFCS level and hip dysplasia on the pattern and progression of scoliosis in children with cerebral palsy. Spine Deformity, 2013:1:266-271.
  • Mansour A, Ballard MR, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson MA. The use of barbed sutures during scoliosis fusion wound closure: a quality improvement analysis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2013;33(8):786-790.
  • Weller A, Garg S, Larson AN, Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Kwon M, Copley LA, Browne R, Ho CA. Management of the pediatric pulseless supracondylar humerus fracture: Is vascular exploration necessary? Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – American, 2013;95(21):1906-1912.
  • Garg S, Weller A, Larson AN, Fletcher ND, Kwon M, Schiller J, Browne R, Copley L, Ho C. Clinical characteristics of severe supracondylar humerus fractures in children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2014;34(1):34-39
  • LaGreca J, Hotchkiss M, Carry P, Messacar K, Nyquist AC, Erickson M, Garg S. Bacteriology and risk factors for development of late (greater than one year) deep infection following spinal fusion with instrumentation. Spine Deformity, 2014;2(3):186-190.
  • Garg S, Holland C, LaGreca J, McNair B, Erickson M. Predicting failure of iliac fixation in neuromuscular spine deformity. Spine Deformity, 2014;2(3):214-218
  • Garg S, LaGreca J, St. Hilaire T, Gao D, Glotzbecker M, Li Y, Smith JT, Flynn J. Wound complications of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Incisions. Spine, 2014;39(13):E777-781.
  • Glotzbecker MP, Garg S, Akbarnia BA, Vitale MG, St Hillaire T, Joshi A. Surgeon practices regarding infection prevention for growth friendly spinal procedures. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics, 2014;8:245-250.
  • Larson AN, Garg S, Weller A, Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Kwon M, Browne R, Copley LA, Ho C. Operative treatment of type II supracondylar humerus fractures: Does time to surgery affect compliance? Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2014;34(4):382-387.
  • Glotzbecker M, Johnston C, Miller P, Smith J, Perez-Grueso FS, Woon R, Flynn J, Gold M, Garg S, Redding G, Cahill P, Emans J. Is there a relationship between thoracic dimensions and pulmonary function in early onset scoliosis? Spine, 2014;39(19):1590-1595.
  • Garg S, Kipper E, LaGreca J, Carry P, Erickson MA. Are routine post-operative radiographs required during the first year following surgery for idiopathic scoliosis? Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2015:;5(1):33-38.
  • LaGreca J, Hotchkiss M, Garg S, Erickson MA. Management of delayed (greater than one year) deep infection after spinal fusion. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2015;35(3):266-270.
  • Davern M, Garg S, Hankinson T. Operative management of traumatic cervical spine distraction and complete cord transection in a 3-year-old patient. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 2015;15(2):214-219.
  • Garg S, Niswander CR, Pan Z, Erickson MA. Crosslinks do not improve clinical or radiographic outcomes of posterior spinal fusion with pedicle screws in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A multicenter cohort study. Spine Defomity, 2015;3(4):338-344.
  • Barsi J, Garg S, Caprio B, Baulesh D, Erickson MA. Do intraoperative LIV-tilt and disc angle remain stable at 2 year follow-up compared to upright radiographs in patients with idiopathic scoliosis: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques, 2015;28(&):264-269.
  • Garg S, Miller TL. Special Considerations for the Pediatric Patient. In: Nutritional Aspects of HIV Infection. Miller TL and Gorbach S, eds. New York: Arnold Publishers, 1999.
  • Miller TL, Garg S. Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Problems of HIV-Infected Children. In: Pediatric AIDS: The Challenge of HIV Infection in Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd edition. Pizzo PA and Wilfert CM, Eds. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1998.
  • Garg S. UP Hills, Calcutta, Andaman Islands. In Let’s Go: India 2000. Christiana King, ed. New York: St. Martin Press, 1999.
  • Garg S, Gordon JE. Section 15: Distal tibia/fibula. In: Surgical Management of Pediatric Long Bone Fractures. Scherl SA ed. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Monograph Series, 2009.
  • Garg S, Johnston CE. Early onset scoliosis. In: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Pediatrics 4. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011.
  • Garg S, Buchowski J. Ch 151. Post-operative early and late wound/implant infections. In: The Textbook of Spinal Surgery. 3rd edition. Bridwell KH, DeWald RL Eds. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011
  • Garg S, Dormans JP. Ch 138 Benign tumors of the spine. In: The Textbook of Spinal Surgery. 3rd edition. Bridwell KH, DeWald RL Eds. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011
  • Garg S. Developmental dysplasia of the hip. In: Decision Support in Medicine : Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://www.decisionsupportinmedicine.com
  • Garg S, Erickson MA. Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis. In: Spine Surgery Basics. Patel A, Patel V, Harrop J, Burger E, Eds. Springer, 2014.
  • Erickson MA, Garg S. Fractures of the Proximal Radius and Ulna. In: Rockwood and Wilkins’ Fractures in Children, 8th edition. Flynn JM, Skaggs DL, Waters PM Eds. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: - Classification of Early Onset Scoliosis has Excellent Interobserver and Intraobserver Reliability
Work History
  • Children's Hospital Colorado / University of Colorado, Associate Professor | January 2016 - PRESENT
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