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Kent Garber, MD, MPH

Kent Garber, MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • Acute Care Surgeon
  • Division of General Surgery

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513 Parnassus, HSW 1601
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: 415-476-1239
Fax: 415-502-1259
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  Dept or School    
  End Date    
  • UCLA General Surgery Residency Program, Los Angeles, CA
  • General Surgery
  • 06/2021
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • MPH
  • 05/2017
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • MD
  • 05/2014
  • Dr. Garber was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2007 with a B.A. in Linguistics. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., covering politics and health policy. He then attended Harvard Medical School and completed his general surgery training at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2021.

    He worked with the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa health team, conducted health system research in Iraq and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, and earned an MPH during his residency at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Drawing upon his journalism and public health backgrounds, his research interests have focused on assessing the effectiveness of large-scale health interventions in conflict-affected countries and improving healthcare for civilian populations in these settings.

    Over the past five years, he has provided technical and data analytical support to World Bank collaborations with WHO and UNICEF in Yemen and South Sudan, focusing on strengthening data collection and analyses to assess programming impact and healthcare delivery better. His work incorporates complex household and facility-based survey design, geospatial analysis, quality and cost assessments, and other rapid data collection and longitudinal data analysis approaches.

    Clinically, Dr. Garber's interests span the full spectrum of acute care surgery, surgical critical care, and trauma surgery, with a particular interest in caring for complex and critically ill surgical patients and UCSF/ZSFG's commitment to healthcare equity. Reflecting on his fellowship experience at UCSF, he says, "I am so grateful to the incredibly dedicated group of skilled, thoughtful surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, and staff who have trained me here, and I am thrilled to be staying on as part of this family."

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    1. Taslakian EN, Garber K, Shekherdimian S. Diaspora engagement: a scoping review of diaspora involvement with strengthening health systems of their origin country. Glob Health Action. 2022 Jan 01; 15(1):2009165. View in PubMed
    2. Yeates EO, Grigorian A, Schellenberg M, Owattanapanich N, Barmparas G, Margulies D, Juillard C, Garber K, Cryer H, Tillou A, Burruss S, Penaloza-Villalobos L, Lin A, Figueras RA, Coimbra R, Brenner M, Costantini T, Santorelli J, Curry T, Wintz D, Biffl WL, Schaffer KB, Duncan TK, Barbaro C, Diaz G, Johnson A, Chinn J, Naaseh A, Leung A, Grabar C, Nahmias J. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric trauma in Southern California. Pediatr Surg Int. 2022 Feb; 38(2):307-315. View in PubMed
    3. Ghazaryan E, Delarmente BA, Garber K, Gross M, Sriudomporn S, Rao KD. Effectiveness of hospital payment reforms in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Health Policy Plan. 2021 Sep 09; 36(8):1344-1356. View in PubMed
    4. Blair KJ, Martinez-Vernaza S, Segura E, Barrientos JLG, Garber K, Gualtero-Trujillo SM, Juillard C, Castro R. Protecting healthcare workers in the COVID-19 pandemic: respirator shortages and health policy responses in South America. Cad Saude Publica. 2020; 36(12):e00227520. View in PubMed
    5. Garber K, Fox C, Abdalla M, Tatem A, Qirbi N, Lloyd-Braff L, Al-Shabi K, Ongwae K, Dyson M, Hassen K. Estimating access to health care in Yemen, a complex humanitarian emergency setting: a descriptive applied geospatial analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 11; 8(11):e1435-e1443. View in PubMed
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