Dr. Gardner was named associate dean for global health and director of the IU Center for Global Health effective February 1, 2020.
Dr. Gardner attended the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He first traveled to Kenya as a medical student in 2001 during the time that the AMPATH HIV program was first being conceived by IU School of Medicine physician Joe Mamlin. This experience, along with clinical experience in the Rhode Island TB clinic, drove his interest in HIV and tuberculosis and had a huge impact on his life and career plans. He sought every opportunity to return to Kenya and served as the AMPATH Team Leader in 2006-07. Dr. Gardner then returned to Boston to complete a fellowship in infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He earned a master of public health from Harvard School of Public Health.
He joined Indiana University School of Medicine in 2012 as the executive field director of the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) Consortium and was based full time in Eldoret, Kenya during his seven years in this role. During this time he worked closely with Kenyan program leadership to make strategic investments and policy decisions while also providing service to inpatients on the medical wards at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and outpatients in the HIV clinics and HIV resistance clinics. When in Indianapolis, he cared for patients at Eskenazi Hospital.
His areas of interest include program development and health systems strengthening in resource-poor settings, clinical and operational research in tuberculosis and HIV, global health training and education, and antimicrobial stewardship and infection control.
Dr. Gardner and his wife, Jessica, have three children.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Gardner is the director of contact tracing for the IU Medical Response Team.