Dr. Garth received his medical degree in 1973 from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed a basic surgical residency at Duke followed by an orthopedic surgical residency at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. After serving five years in the private practice of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Garth completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Sports Medicine Clinic of Atlanta in affiliation with Georgia Tech before assuming the medical directorship of the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic in 1985.
Dr. Garth is presently the Medical Director of the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic as well as the team orthopedic physician for the University of Alabama at Birmingham athletics program. He also serves as a Clinical Professor for UAB and is active in teaching medical students and orthopedic residents. Garth specializes in surgically correcting instability of the patella and shoulder, as well as reconstruction of the cruciate ligaments (ACL, PCL, and MCL) of the knee and rotator cuff of the shoulder. He is well-respected among his peers as they have consistently selected him to be included in "The Best Doctors in America" list for the past several years. His research of the instability of the patella and its correction has been published in many orthopedic and sports medicine journals. He currently has over 20 years of experience treating athletes and safely returning them to competition.