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Erin M. Garvey, MD, FACS

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Pediatric Surgery

Areas of Expertise

  • Minimally invasive surgery in infants and children with interest in the multidisciplinary care of colorectal patients and patients with spina bifida.


Phoenix Children's Hospital - Main
1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85016

About Erin M. Garvey, MD, FACS

Erin Garvey, MD, is a pediatric surgeon at Phoenix Children's Hospital. After completing her general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, she was the first pediatric surgery fellow trained here at Phoenix Children's Hospital and joined the Phoenix Children's staff after completing her fellowship.

Dr. Garvey is board certified in general and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery. She is both a Fellow and an active member of the American College of Surgeons and serves on committees for the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Association of Women Surgeons. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, a Clinical Scholar Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Creighton University.

Dr. Garvey specializes in minimally invasive surgery for infants and children. She has an interest in the multidisciplinary care of colorectal patients and patients with spina bifida; however, she loves taking care of all pediatric surgery conditions. She enjoys pursuing clinical pediatric surgical research projects that will have a meaningful impact for patients. Dr. Garvey is participating in prospective randomized controlled trials at Phoenix Children's and is also involved with multicenter prospective trauma studies. She is one of the PCH research representatives for the international Pediatric Colorectal and Pelvic Learning Consortium (PCPLC).

Dr. Garvey welcomes patients and families from all backgrounds. She has a family-centered approach to surgical care and values making sure her patients and their siblings, parents and extended family are all comfortable with and understand the care plan.

Born and raised in Colorado, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Denver where she was a collegiate spring board diver. Dr. Garvey received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. She currently lives in Scottsdale with her husband and daughter. They enjoy spending time outside, traveling and surfing.

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Education & Training

Medical School / Education

University of Vermont College of Medicine


General Surgery, Mayo Clinic Arizona


Pediatric Surgery, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Pediatric Trauma Society, Association of Women Surgeons, The Mayo Clinic Surgical Priestly Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Gold Humanism Honor Society

Research & Publications

IMPPACT (Intravenous monotherapy for postoperative perforated appendicitis in children trial): Randomized clinical trial of monotherapy versus multi-drug antibiotic therapy
Ann Surg 2021

Mentorship in pediatric surgery: A need for structure?
J Pediatr Surg 2020 56(5):892-899

Evolving indications for surgical intervention in patients with differences/disorders of sex development: Implications of deferred reconstruction
Semin Pediatr Surg 2020 29(3):150929

Multi-institutional review of bowel management strategies in children with anorectal malformations
J Pediatr Surg 2020 13:S0022-3468(20)30322-5

Clinical management in mixed gonadal dysgenesis with chromosomal mosaicism: Considerations in newborns and adolescents
Semin Pediatr Surg 2019 28(5):150841

Thoracoscopic cardiac sympathetic denervation: Adjunct therapy for secondary prevention of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in children
J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2018 28(11):1387-1392

Can ultrasound reliably identify complicated appendicitis in children?
J Surg Res 2018 229:76-81

Hiatal and paraesophageal hernia repair in pediatric patients
Semin Pediatr Surg 2017 26(2):61-66

Injuries and outcomes associated with recreational vehicle accidents in pediatric trauma
J Pediatr Surg 2017 52(2):327-333

Influence of sub-specialty surgical care on outcomes for pediatric emergency general surgery patients in a low-middle income country
Int J Surg 2016 29:12-18

Morbidity of pediatric dog bites: A case series at a level one pediatric trauma center
J Pediatr Surg 2015 50(2):343-346

Role of ERCP in pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: A case series at a level one pediatric trauma center
J Pediatr Surg 2015 50(2):335-338

Coaching and mentoring modern surgeons
Bull Am Coll Surg 2014 99(8):30-5