WORCESTER, MA– Dr. Shankar Garg, MD, one of the earliest immigrants of Indian origin to come to Worcester, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. He was 73.
A devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather and a compassionate friend, Shankar is survived by his wife Asha Garg, his two son Amit and Maneesh, his daughter-in-laws Alpa and Gagan, and his two grandchildren Simran and Nalin.
Dr. Garg was born on July 31, 1943 in New Delhi. He was inspired and encouraged by his elder brother to pursue his dreams of studying medicine. With a modest upbringing, Shankar was selected to the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was also awarded a Gold Medal upon his graduation in 1967, according to his obituary posted at the Sumner House funeral home.
Dr. Garg made the courageous decision to leave his family and familiar surroundings to begin a life journey in the America. In 1968, he landed in Schenectady, NY where he did his medical Internship. He pursued his residency in Internal Medicine at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, NY. He completed fellowship in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, where he ultimately settled with his wife.
Dr. Garg established his practice in Rheumatology in 1974. He held clinical appointments at various area hospitals including St. Vincent’s and UMass. Dr. Garg was beloved by his patients for his skillful care, compassion, and dedication to their health. Dr. Garg continued to care for his patients up until his passing.
He was one of the earliest immigrants of Indian origin to come to Worcester. He loved his community, and the people with whom he shared the journey of building and supporting a home away from home.