Hugh James Lauriston Garton, MD


Hugh J.L. Garton, M.D, MHSc, received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he was also a graduate of the Honors Program in Medical Education. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency in 1997 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Dr. M. Peter Heilbrun and Dr. Marion Walker.

Following residency training, Dr. Garton was invited to be Fellow in Clinical Trials at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and obtained a Masters Degree in Health Sciences with concentrations in Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Trials under the supervision of Dr. John Kestle.

After completing his residency and post-graduate training, Dr. Garton completed his fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Indiana University's Riley Hospital for Children, after which he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan in the fall of 1999.

Dr. Garton is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Dr. Garton's clinical practice encompasses all areas of pediatric neurosurgery, but his areas special interest include: hydrocephalus, cerebrospinal fluid shunts, myelomeningocele, brain tumors, the surgical management of epilepsy and spasticity, pediatric neurotrauma, and pediatric spinal instability.

Dr. Garton's research interests include clinical epidemiology, clinical trials and outcomes in neurosurgery, clinical prediction of shunt malfunction, outcomes after head injury, management of severe head injury, economic assessments of the treatments of hydrocephalus, and the surgical management of intractable spasticity.

Dr. Garton is married and lives with his wife and 3 children in Ann Arbor.

Selected publications:

Garton HJL, Kestle JRWK, Drake JM: Predicting shunt failure from clinical symptoms and signs. Journal of Neurosurgery 94:202-210, 2001.

Garton HJL, Kestle JRW, Cochrane DD, Steinbok, P: A cost effectiveness analysis of endoscopic third ventriculostomy. Neurosurgery 51:69-78, 2002.

Park P, Fewel ME, Garton HJL, Thomson BG, Hoff JT: Recombinant activated Factor VII for the rapid correction of coagulopathy in non-hemophilic neurosurgical patients. Neurosurgery 53:34-39, 2003.

Steinbok P, Garton HJL, Gupta N: The occult tethered cord syndrome: a survey of practice patterns. Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics) 104 (5 Suppl):309-313, 2006.

Kestle, JR, Garton HJL, Whitehead WE, Drake, JM, Kulkuarni AV, Cochrane DD, Musinxki C, Walker ML: Management of shunt infections: a multicenter pilot study. Journal of Neurosurgery (Pediatrics) 105 (3 Suppl):177-181, 2006.

Medical School or Training

  • Northwestern University Medical School


  • University of Utah - Registrar, Surgery General, UT, 1997
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