University of California San Francisco

Kent Garber, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery


1001 Potrero Avenue, #3A10
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

Phone: 415-476-1239
Fax: 415-502-1259


    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."


    Institution Degree Dept or School End Date
    UCLA General Surgery Residency Program General Surgery 06/2021
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health MPH 05/2017
    Harvard Medical School MD 05/2014


    1. Can Armenia's refugee crisis catalyse health-system reforms?
      Markosian C, Hekimian K, Garber K, Darzi A, Shekherdimian S| | View in PubMed
    2. Diaspora engagement: a scoping review of diaspora involvement with strengthening health systems of their origin country.
      Taslakian EN, Garber K, Shekherdimian S| | View in PubMed
    3. Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on pediatric trauma in Southern California.
      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| | View in PubMed
    4. Effectiveness of hospital payment reforms in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review.
      Ghazaryan E, Delarmente BA, Garber K, Gross M, Sriudomporn S, Rao KD| | View in PubMed
    5. Protecting healthcare workers in the COVID-19 pandemic: respirator shortages and health policy responses in South America.
      Blair KJ, Martinez-Vernaza S, Segura E, Barrientos JLG, Garber K, Gualtero-Trujillo SM, Juillard C, Castro R| | View in PubMed
    6. Estimating access to health care in Yemen, a complex humanitarian emergency setting: a descriptive applied geospatial analysis.
      Garber K, Fox C, Abdalla M, Tatem A, Qirbi N, Lloyd-Braff L, Al-Shabi K, Ongwae K, Dyson M, Hassen K| | View in PubMed
    7. Structural inequities in the global supply of personal protective equipment.
      Garber K, Ajiko MM, Gualtero-Trujillo SM, Martinez-Vernaza S, Chichom-Mefire A| | View in PubMed
    8. Applying trauma systems concepts to humanitarian battlefield care: a qualitative analysis of the Mosul trauma pathway.
      Garber K, Kushner AL, Wren SM, Wise PH, Spiegel PB| | View in PubMed
    9. A Consensus Framework for the Humanitarian Surgical Response to Armed Conflict in 21st Century Warfare.
      Wren SM, Wild HB, Gurney J, Amirtharajah M, Brown ZW, Bulger EM, Burkle FM, Elster EA, Forrester JD, Garber K, Gosselin RA, Groen RS, Hsin G, Joshipura M, Kushner AL, Norton I, Osmers I, Pagano H, Razek T, Sáenz-Terrazas JM, Schussler L, Stewart BT, Traboulsi AA, Trelles M, Troke J, VanFosson CA, Wise PH| | View in PubMed
    10. The Heterogeneity of Global Pediatric Surgery: Defining Needs and Opportunities Around the World.
      Garber K, Cabrera CCR, Dinh QL, Gerstle JT, Holterman A, Millano L, Muma NJK, Nguyen LT, Tran H, Tran SN, Shekherdimian S| | View in PubMed
    11. Xenophobia as a determinant of health: an integrative review.
      Suleman S, Garber KD, Rutkow L| | View in PubMed
    12. Assessing health systems in unrecognised states: lessons from the field.
      Garber K, Aboulian A, Nalbandian D, Abrahamyan A, Danielyan A, Amirjanian A, Shekherdimian S| | View in PubMed
    13. A Framework for a Battlefield Trauma System for Civilians.
      Garber K, Stewart BT, Burkle FM, Kushner AL, Wren SM| | View in PubMed
    14. Attitudes Toward Morbidity and Mortality Conferences Among Medical and Surgical Pediatric Specialists in Armenia.
      Rouch JD, Dawes AJ, Garber K, Sukhudyan B, Shekherdimian S| | View in PubMed
    15. Beyond a Moral Obligation: A Legal Framework for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anesthesia.
      Chawla KS, Rutkow L, Garber K, Kushner AL, Stewart BT| | View in PubMed