Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Profile

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

Contact Email: andrew.garner@UHhospitals.org


Partners in Pediatrics
Westlake, Ohio
Primary Care Pediatrician

CWRU School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio
Clinical Professor


Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a pediatrician, advocate, and author. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA with Distinction in Psychobiology), the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD, PhD in Neuroscience) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and the pediatric residency training program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Garner has practiced primary care pediatrics with the University Hospitals of Cleveland for more than twenty years. A Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at CWRU, he sits on the Board of Directors for a local social service agency (OhioGuidestone) and on the Community Advisory Board for the Cuyahoga County Division of Child and Family Services. Dr. Garner is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), having served as the President of the Ohio Chapter and as a member of the AAP’s Leadership Workgroups on Poverty, Epigenetics, and Early Brain and Child Development. Dr. Garner has co-authored the AAP’s two policy statements (2012, 2021) on childhood toxic stress and a book (2018) entitled “Thinking Developmentally: Nurturing Wellness in Childhood to Promote Lifelong Health.” When not practicing pediatrics, advocating for children and their families, or writing about relational health, Dr. Garner enjoys hiking, fishing, watching baseball, and spending some quality time with his wife, two adult children, and the family dog, Bear.

Research Interests

  • Early Relational Health

Past Research

The 2021 AAP Policy Statement, “Preventing Childhood Toxic Stress: Partnering with Families and Communities to Promote Relational Health.”

Ongoing Research

Currently preparing the Second Edition of “Thinking Developmentally: Nurturing Wellness in Childhood to Promote Lifelong Health.”