Pediatrician Staff

Welcome to our office, where we practice “Personalized Pediatrics.”

James Garb, MD, FAAP, has been serving the Columbia area since 1978 when he joined the Boone Clinic Pediatric Group.  In 1985 he began his solo private practice.  He has been a resident of Columbia since 1961 and attended Jefferson Junior High, Hickman High and the University of Missouri.  After graduation from MU in 1971 he went to medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating in 1975.  Dr. Garb trained in Phoenix, Arizona from 1975 to 1978 at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program, his last year as Chief Pediatric Resident at Maricopa County General Hospital.   He was Board Certified in Pediatrics in 1982.  Dr. Garb and his wife, Candace, have three children, Adam, Amy, and Edwin, and two grandchildren, Morgan and Jensen.



Trudy Merritt, Office Manager, has been with Dr. Garb since 2002. She recently has gone part-time but still does billing and insurance. She efficiently runs the office and is in charge of billing, insurance, and scheduling appointments.  Trudy and her husband, Stephen, live in Columbia with their two sons, John and Kaleb. 

Office Policy

Our office is open Monday thru Saturday by appointment.  Our philosophy is to try and give the best care in a personalized way.  My home phone number has been published for over 40 years now, and we encourage patients to call us at home if they feel the need to.  If I am not home, you can reach me through the Boone Hospital switchboard.  I will meet patients after hours at the office if appropriate, and I have been known to make house calls as well, if the situation warrants it.  We provide urgent care services to our patients and would prefer that you not go to a free-standing urgent care without at least speaking to me or the pediatrician on call.*   We believe that a free-standing urgent care is not the best place for pediatric services.  We can save you time and money if you call us first.  Even if it is not my weekend on call you can call me at home, and if I am there I will try and advise you as what to do.  If you feel you must go to urgent care, we prefer that you go to Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 

*I do take call with five other qualified physicians.  Two of them take care of both adults and children.  They are Christina Stixrud MD, and Melissa Myers MD.  The other three are full time pediatricians, Tina Brockman MD, John Wilson MD, COMO CUBS Pediatrics, and Douglas Beal MD.  Our call is roughly every 4th weekend.  In the event that I am out of town, my nurse practitioner, Melanie, will see you, and has one of the physicians noted above as her backup.

We are accepting new patients of all ages, including newborns.  We will follow your child as long as he or she feels comfortable seeing a pediatrician, even up through college graduation if they so desire.  We encourage yearly visits for all of our patients to track growth and development properly. 

I provide prenatal visits, or meet and greet new children, at no charge during regular office hours.  We accept most insurance plans, Aetna Better Health of Missouri, Missouri Care, Home State Health Plan, and Medicaid plans.  We will file your insurance for you.  If finances are a concern, we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.

We would be pleased to welcome your children to our practice.  If you have any questions that you would like to discuss before making this important decision, please feel free to call me at home or at the office.

Office: 573-445-4272

Home: 573-445-7708

Thank you for considering us as your pediatric provider.

James Garb, MD