Sumeet Garg, MD
Associate Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Harvard University (MA) (1999)
Internship:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2005)
Residency:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery (2009)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Pediatric Orthopedics (2010)
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the improvement of spine care for infants, toddlers, and adolescents. These include research focusing on reducing infection, improving surgical results and safety, and improvement of quality of life for our patients.

Teaching

  • Associate Professor (2010)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics

Publications

  • Gibly RF, Garg S, Mehlman CT. The Community Orthopaedic Surgeon Taking Trauma Call: Radial Neck Fracture Pearls and Pitfalls. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Aug;33 Suppl 8:S17-S21. PubMed PMID: 31290841
  • Nossov SB, Curatolo E, Campbell RM, Mayer OH, Garg S, Cahill APJ. VEPTR: Are We Reducing Respiratory Assistance Requirements?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Jan;39(1):28-32. PubMed PMID: 28399050
  • Garg S, Quick HD, Kim EB, Erickson MA. Use of Activity Trackers in Orthopaedics. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Oct 1;27(19):e859-e866. PubMed PMID: 30829985
  • Ramo B, Tran DP, Reddy A, Brown K, Niswander C, Erickson M, Garg S. Delay to Surgery Greater Than 6 Months Leads to Substantial Deformity Progression and Increased Intervention in Immature Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Spine Deform. 2019 May;7(3):428-435. PubMed PMID: 31053313
  • Peterson MB, Cohen MN, O'Neill BR, Garg S, Child J, Henthorn TK, Galinkin JG. Preoperative Vancomycin Administration for Surgical Site Prophylaxis: Plasma and Soft-Tissue Concentrations in Pediatric Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Patients. Anesth Analg. 2019 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31397701
  • Garg S, Palmer C, Whitmore W, Cyr M, Michael N, Kim E, Boucharel W. Triggered EMG (T-EMG) Values of Pedicle Screws with a Powered Screwdriver vs A Standard Probe in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Do Not Agree: A Prospective Validation Study. Neurodiagn J. 2019;59(3):152-162. PubMed PMID: 31251123
  • Garg S, Khechoyan D, Kim EB, French B. Multilayered and Flap Closure Technique for Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31335453
  • Helenius IJ, Saarinen AJ, White KK, McClung A, Yazici M, Garg S, Thompson GH, Johnston CE, Pahys JM, Vitale MG, Akbarnia BA, Sponseller PD. Results of growth-friendly management of early-onset scoliosis in children with and without skeletal dysplasias: a matched comparison. Bone Joint J. 2019 Dec;101-B(12):1563-1569. PubMed PMID: 31787003
  • Michael N, Palmer C, Smith JT, Pan Z, St Hilaire T, Morgan J, Heagy V, Garg S. Complication Severity Score for Growth-friendly Surgery Has Strong Interrater and Intrarater Agreement. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Apr;38(4):e190-e193. PubMed PMID: 29389720
  • Vandenberg C, Niswander C, Carry P, Bloch N, Pan Z, Erickson M, Garg S. Compliance With a Comprehensive Antibiotic Protocol Improves Infection Incidence in Pediatric Spine Surgery. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 May Jun;38(5):287-292. PubMed PMID: 27280896
  • O'Donnell C, Michael N, Pan X, Emans J, Garg S, Erickson M. Anterior Spinal Fusion and Posterior Spinal Fusion Both Effectively Treat Lenke Type 5 Curves in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Multicenter Study. Spine Deform. 2018 May - Jun;6(3):231-240. PubMed PMID: 29735131
  • Thomas JJ, Levek C, Quick HD, Brinton JT, Garg S, Cohen MN. Utility of gabapentin in meeting physical therapy goals following posterior spinal fusion in adolescent patients with idiopathic scoliosis. Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Jun;28(6):558-563. PubMed PMID: 29878543
  • Garg S, Bloch N, Potter M, Quick H, Palmer C, Michael N, O'Donnell C, Erickson M. Topical Vancomycin in Pediatric Spine Surgery Does Not Reduce Surgical Site Infection: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Spine Deform. 2018 Sep - Oct;6(5):523-528. PubMed PMID: 30122387
  • Gandhi JS, Shea KG, Sponseller PD, Brighton BK, Ganley TJ. Evidence-based Medicine in Pediatric Orthopaedics: Evidence-based Practice Committee Summary of Levels of Evidence, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Appropriate Use Criteria, and Best Practice Guidelines. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Jul;38(6):e349-e353. PubMed PMID: 29727412
  • Striano BM, Refakis C, Garg S, El-Hawary R, Pahys JM, Vitale M, Campbell RM, Flynn JM, Cahill PJ. How Often Do You Lengthen? A Physician Survey on Lengthening Practice for Prosthetic Rib Devices. Spine Deform. 2018 Jul - Aug;6(4):473-477. PubMed PMID: 29886922
  • Cyr M, Hilaire TS, Pan Z, Thompson GH, Vitale MG, Garg S. Classification of Early Onset Scoliosis has Excellent Interobserver and Intraobserver Reliability. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Jan;37(1):e1-e3. PubMed PMID: 26600295
  • O'Donnell C, Michael N, Bloch N, Erickson M, Garg S. Strategies to Minimize Blood Loss and Transfusion in Pediatric Spine Surgery. JBJS Rev. 2017 May;5(5):e1. PubMed PMID: 28471775
  • O'Donnell C, Bloch N, Michael N, Erickson M, Garg S. Management of Scoliosis in Children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. JBJS Rev. 2017 Jul;5(7):e8. PubMed PMID: 28742716
  • Garg S, McCarthy JJ, Goodwin R, Kolmodin J, Sankar WN, Franklin C, Armstrong D, Fryzel D, Hassenbein S, Meder C. Complication Rates After Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) Use in Orthopaedic Surgery in Children: A Concise Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Sep;37(6):e375-e378. PubMed PMID: 27603194
  • Park HY, Matsumoto H, Feinberg N, Roye DP, Kanj WW, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Glotzbecker MP, Luhmann SJ, Garg S, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. The Classification for Early-onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Correlates With the Speed of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) Proximal Anchor Failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Sep;37(6):381-386. PubMed PMID: 26566066
  • LaGreca J, Flynn T, Cahill PJ, Samdani A, Vitale MG, El-Hawary R, Smith JT, Phillips JH, Flynn JM, Glotzbecker M, Garg S. Patients Without Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Alerts During VEPTR Implantation Did Not Sustain Neurological Injury During Subsequent Routine Expansions: A Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec;37(8):e619-e624. PubMed PMID: 28328563
  • Gomez JA, Grzywna A, Miller PE, Karlin LI, Garg S, Sanders JO, Sturm PF, Sponseller PD, D'Astous JL, Glotzbecker MP. Initial Cast Correction as a Predictor of Treatment Outcome Success for Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec;37(8):e625-e630. PubMed PMID: 28834850
  • Roaten JD, Kelly DM, Yellin JL, Flynn JM, Cyr M, Garg S, Broom A, Andras LM, Sawyer JR. Pediatric Femoral Shaft Fractures: A Multicenter Review of the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines Before and After 2009. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28399048
  • Nossov SB, Curatolo E, Campbell RM, Mayer OH, Garg S, Cahill PJ. VEPTR: Are We Reducing Respiratory Assistance Requirements?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28399050
  • Roaten JD, Kelly DM, Yellin JL, Flynn JM, Cyr M, Garg S, Broom A, Andras LM, Sawyer JR. Pediatric Femoral Shaft Fractures: A Multicenter Review of the AAOS Clinical Practice Guidelines Before and After 2009. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28399048
  • Garg S. Management of scoliosis in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy: A literature review. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2016;9(1):23-9. PubMed PMID: 26966797
  • Garg S, Bloch N, Cyr M, Carry P. Routine radiographs at time of pin removal after closed reduction and percutaneous pinning for type 2 supracondylar humerus fractures do not change management: a retrospective cohort study. J Child Orthop. 2016 Aug;10(4):329-33. PubMed PMID: 27270906
  • Garg S, LaGreca J, Hotchkiss M, Erickson M. Management of late (>1 y) deep infection after spinal fusion: a retrospective cohort study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Apr-May;35(3):266-70. PubMed PMID: 25025743
  • Garg S, Kipper E, LaGreca J, Carry P, Erickson M. Are routine postoperative radiographs necessary during the first year after posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis? A retrospective cohort analysis of implant failure and surgery revision rates. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Jan;35(1):33-8. PubMed PMID: 24840654
  • Barsi J, Caprio B, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. Do Intraoperative LIV-Tilt and Disk Angle Remain Stable at 2-year Follow-up Compared With Upright Radiographs in Patients With Idiopathic Scoliosis?: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 Aug;28(7):264-9. PubMed PMID: 24662284
  • Muchow RD, Riccio AI, Garg S, Ho CA, Wimberly RL. Neurological and vascular injury associated with supracondylar humerus fractures and ipsilateral forearm fractures in children. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Mar;35(2):121-5. PubMed PMID: 24919135
  • Davern MS, Garg S, Hankinson TC. Operative management of traumatic cervical spine distraction and complete cord transection in a 3-year-old patient. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Feb;15(2):214-9. PubMed PMID: 25415253
  • Park HY, Matsumoto H, Feinberg N, Roye DP, Kanj WW, Betz RR, Cahill PJ, Glotzbecker MP, Luhmann SJ, Garg S, Sawyer JR, Smith JT, Flynn JM, Vitale MG. The Classification for Early-onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Correlates With the Speed of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) Proximal Anchor Failure. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26566066
  • Larson AN, Garg S, Weller A, Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Kwon M, Browne R, Copley LA, Ho CA. Operative treatment of type II supracondylar humerus fractures: does time to surgery affect complications?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jun;34(4):382-7. PubMed PMID: 24248589
  • Garg S, LaGreca J, Hotchkiss M, Erickson M. Management of Late (>1 y) Deep Infection After Spinal Fusion: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25025743
  • 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 (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Jun 1;39(13):E777-81. PubMed PMID: 24732832
  • 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 (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Sep 1;39(19):1590-5. PubMed PMID: 24875963
  • Glotzbecker MP, Garg S, Akbarnia BA, Vitale M, Hillaire TS, Joshi A. Surgeon practices regarding infection prevention for growth friendly spinal procedures. J Child Orthop. 2014 May;8(3):245-50. PubMed PMID: 24744235
  • Mansour A, Ballard R, Garg S, Baulesh D, Erickson M. The use of barbed sutures during scoliosis fusion wound closure: a quality improvement analysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Dec;33(8):786-90. PubMed PMID: 24213622
  • Weller A, Garg S, Larson AN, Fletcher ND, Schiller JR, Kwon M, Copley LA, Browne R, Ho CA. Management of the pediatric pulseless supracondylar humeral fracture: is vascular exploration necessary?. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Nov 6;95(21):1906-12. PubMed PMID: 24196459
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), Member
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), Member
  • Children’s Spine Foundation Study Group, Member
  • Spinal Deformity Study Group (SDSG), Member
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Member
  • Colorado Orthopaedic Society (COS), Member
  • US News and World Report, Best Children's Hospitals Pediatric Orthopedics Commitee, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-478-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado Parker Campus
9395 Crown Crest Blvd
Parker, CO 80138
720-777-1350

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certification (2012)
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis
  • Surgery
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
I am interested in pediatric orthopedics and pediatric spine conditions including scoliosis, spine fractures and injuries, musculoskeletal infection, and fracture care. I look forward to meeting with you and your children. My goal is to treat them with the same care and kindness I would expect for my family.

Care Philosophy
I strive to inform my patients on all the various treatment options available to them. I present information regarding these options such that families can make informed decisions for their children. I always put the best interests of my patients and their families as my first priority.

Personal Interests
I enjoy running, both recreationally and road races. My wife and I enjoy watching television and movies together. Most of my free time is spent playing with my children at home and outdoors.

Volunteer Activities
Quality improvement for Children's Hospital Colorado

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Harvard University (MA) (1999)
Internships:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital (2005)
Residency Programs:
  • Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children's Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery (2009)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Pediatric Orthopedics (2010)
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (2010)
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Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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