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Timothy J. Gardner, M.D.

Medical Director, Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Timothy J. Gardner, M.D.

Timothy J. Gardner, M.D., a nationally noted heart surgeon and leader in cardiovascular medicine, is medical director of Christiana Care’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health.

Dr. Gardner joined Christiana Care in 2005 to oversee final phases of construction of the state-of-the-science Center for Heart & Vascular Health in the Bank of America Pavilion on the Christiana Hospital campus. Under his leadership, Christiana Care continues to be recognized as a regional center of excellence in cardiovascular medicine where patients receive comprehensive, high quality care. Dr. Gardner oversees a team of expert cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons and subspecialists who offer patient-centered care using the most advanced treatment options and therapies available, including a new acute stroke treatment program, providing advanced interventional treatment for stroke victims.

Dr. Gardner is past president of the American Heart Association (AHA). As president during the 2008-09 fiscal year, Dr. Gardner served as the AHA’s chief volunteer science and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters. He is a member of the AHA’s Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee and national board of directors. He served as chair of the AHA’S Annual Scientific Sessions in 2004 and 2005. He has been an AHA volunteer for more than 25 years.

From 1999-2002, he served as a councilor, vice president, then president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He was a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery for 10 years and served as the board’s chair and vice chair from 2001-2005.

Dr. Gardner was chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 1993-2003. He is a professor of surgery at Jefferson University School of Medicine and a former a former William M. Measey Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

He was a cardiac surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from 1976-1993. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1976 and was appointed professor of surgery in 1986. Dr. Gardner mentored 26 surgery residents and research fellows between 1977 and 2003.

He has lectured extensively both nationally and abroad and he is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and has edited or contributed to many texts on cardiac surgery. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Medical School and received his postgraduate training in surgery at Johns Hopkins, with a final period of training in cardiac surgery in Auckland, New Zealand. He was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving in the U.S. Army Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1968 to 1970.

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Surgery (General Surgery)
Practice: Christiana Care Health Services

4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Suite 1003
Newark, DE 19713

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Green Lane Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Johns Hopkins Health System
Delaware Health Sciences Alliance CarePages Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing

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