Indo-American Chamber of Commerce cites Garg for achievementin medicine

By Lin Lofley 

The Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce recently honored Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, chief of nutrition and metabolic diseases and an investigator in the Center for Human Nutrition, with an award for Outstanding Contribution in Medicine.

Dr. Garg, a native of New Delhi and a graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, was presented with the award by Meera Shankar, India’s ambassador to the U.S.

Dr. Abhimanyu Garg met with Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar, who presented him with an award for Outstanding Contribution in Medicine from the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

In nominating Dr. Garg for the award, Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, UT Southwestern executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the medical school, recounted Dr. Garg’s “major contributions to understanding the genetic underpinnings of the role of fat cells in lipodystrophies and other disorders of lipid metabolism.”

These disorders are marked by the selective loss of fat tissues, which can result in complications such as diabetes, fatty liver and high levels of fat in the blood. Some of the disorders are inherited, but many people with HIV also develop them as a side effect of medications.

Dr. Garg and his collaborators study how these conditions occur and are developing new therapies to treat them.

Dr. Fitz described his colleague as “an exemplary clinical investigator and a role model for young investigators.”

This year is Dr. Garg’s 25th at the medical center, in the city he now calls home and at a place he considers a perfect fit for himself.

“When I talk with researchers and students about coming here, I tell them about our school and I tell them about Dallas,” said Dr. Garg, who holds the Endowed Chair in Human Nutrition.

“It’s such a cosmopolitan city,” he said, “and I like the full, distinct seasons that we have here. You’re never snowbound, as you might be in the northern states, and you can play tennis outdoors all year round in Dallas. That makes it very similar to New Delhi.

“UT Southwestern is a stimulating place for research. Next door are Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Joseph Goldstein, who are always willing to give advice and counsel.”

Drs. Brown and Goldstein shared the 1985 Nobel Prize for their discovery of the underlying mechanisms of cholesterol metabolism.

Dr. Garg said he knew by the time he was 11 years old that he would be a doctor, even though his father wanted him to become an engineer like his older brother.

“I had already made the decision, partly because I just loved biology,” he said. “I was always intrigued by doctors when I was growing up. The other exciting aspect was to help people who were sick and suffering.”