Dr. Gardner specializes in orthopaedic trauma surgery, and treating all aspects of fractures of the upper extremity (except the hand), lower extremity, and pelvis, as well as nonunions and malunions. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 2016, and is currently Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Gardner was an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Washington University in St. Louis for the previous 7 years. He completed his residency training at the renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. During that time, he also completed a one year research fellowship in the HSS Biomechanics Laboratory. He then completed an Orthopaedic Trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, where he honed his expertise in treating patients with complex fractures.

His contributions and recognition in the field of orthopaedic surgery have culminated in invitation and participation in many national and international activities. He has been a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense, is on the editorial board of Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and is a reviewer for multiple other major orthopaedic journals. He has also been actively involved in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, where he has served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee, the Research Committee, and the Publications Committee. He has been a Visiting Professor at many institutions around the country and around the world, presenting on cutting edge concepts and techniques for treating various fractures. He has published over 180 scientific articles publications, 38 book chapters, and edited 5 textbooks on mastering advanced surgical techniques in fracture surgery. The current focus of his research and practice is optimizing functional outcomes after sustaining a fracture. During his career, he has trained over 100 young surgeons in the art and science of orthopaedic surgery.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Residency (2007) NY
  • Medical Education: Drexel University College of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Program (2001) PA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2010)
  • Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (2008)
  • Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York,, Orthopaedics (2007)
  • Fellowship, AO Jack McDaniel Memorial Hannover, Germany (2006)
  • Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, Biomechanical Research (2005)
  • Internship: New York - Presbyterial Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College (2002) NY
  • MD, Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA., Medicine (2001)
  • BA, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Chemistry (1996)

Honors & Awards
  • 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, Washington University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (June 2015)
  • A Comparison Of More And Less Aggressive Bone Debridement Protocols........., OTA Highlight Paper (2012)
  • AAOS/OREF Clinician Scientist Development Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2005)
  • AO Jack McDaniel Memorial Fellowship Award Recipient, American Orthopaedics (2005)
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Award Winner, Orthopedics Multidisciplinary Communications Process (2012)
  • Best Doctors in America, St. Louis Magazine (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America, St. Louis Magazine (2014)
  • Best Doctors in America, St. Louis Magazine (2015)
  • Best Doctors in American, St. Louis Magazine (2013)
  • Best Poster Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2006)
  • Best Poster Award, Trauma, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting (2010)
  • Distinguished House Staff Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (2006)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Washington University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2009)
  • Lee T. Ford Award for Academic Achievement, Washington University, Department of Orthpaedic Surgery (June 2015)
  • Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Research, Hospital for Special Surgery (2007)
  • Resident Fracture Course Scholarship Award, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (2005)
  • Resident Research Award, Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA) (2004)
  • Resident Research Grant Recipient, OREF (2005)
  • Winner, Highlight Paper, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (2007)

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) (2015 - Present)
  • Faculty, AO North America (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma, (2008 - Present)
  • Member, AO Trauma (2006 - Present)
  • Member, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) (2005 - Present)
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (2002 - Present)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2016 - Present)
  • Physician Improvement Leader for Improvement Capability Project, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2017 - Present)
  • Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery (2016 - Present)
  • Vice Chairman, Clinical Operations, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2016 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Service Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Redwood City Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-5643

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Dr. Gardner and his team are very professional and kind. He was highly recommended to me by another Stanford physician. I'm grateful to have his expertise in my medical care.
I really enjoy his personality, keeps things simple and clear.
Excellent staff and service
Excellent in fact! I'm more than pleased
Reponsive, capable, confident, good communicator
Dr Gardner was very knowledgeable and personable in reviewing my case and very clear in what he recommends for me going forward.
He is an excellent surgeon and has great communication skills.
Always exceptional care!
Very professional and nice
Great staff, great physicians, good clinic design
So nice, so clear. Super Fast and Ontime.
efficient, on time
My first time or visit was seamless I never waited more than 30 seconds and I am very happy to be able to get the help I need grateful
Michael is a star ortho! He’s brilliant at revisions and just did mine!
Very, very good. So quick
I had a common fracture of my proximal humerus, which has been life changing. I was transferred out of Dr. Gardner's
Very thankful I was near stanford during my accident. The best of best for healthcare.
Good communication and great service.
Incredibly efficient. And the personnel are all very kind and attentive.
The staff are great they listen and they answer all questions
Very timely. Andrew, Guneet, Alan and Mica provided efficient and professional care.
Very good
Dr. Gardner and his team are efficient and deliver expert care.
Spent most of the visit with PA named Alan. I liked Alan a lot too. Gave me some solid advice.
Dr. Gardner and his co-MD were very thorough in their examination and in listening to my pain problems. They gave very helpful advice.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff answered my questions and help to put me at ease
Excellent professional
Dr. Gardner is my hero I went around with a broken shoulder five years and nobody seem to know how to fix it and Dr. Gardner was my last resort I found him and he was very confident and very truthful about percentages of how many bit how many procedures like mine that he is done has been successful he was very confident the whole visit and made me feel comfortable enough to let him perform surgery on me and after five years of walk around the broken shoulder and nobody can help me fix it it took a lot of trust on my behalf and Mr. Gardner Dr. Gardner fulfilled everything that I was leaving to go ahead with that surgery I’ve already been cut open twice and surgery Dr. Gardner performance was the third time and I’m 52 years old and I’m tired of being cut into but he did it get everything that he said it be done and now I have three children never forget Dr. Gardner. Thank you again Dr.
Great conversation regarding my injury and next steps to continue positive progress
Dr. Gardner has helped me well.
I so appreciate Dr. Gardner and for him saving my foot. I also appreciate the video visits as it is a 4-5 hour drive for us to get there plus an overnight in motel.
Thank you
Much easier visit using the provided wheel chair
Nice facilities and staff, but hard to locate a wheel chair
Dr. Gardner is utmost professional, caring and magnificent surgeon
The doctor listen to me he knew I knew I was talking a mile gave me a ton of confidence in going into a third surgery on my shoulder great visit
Dr Gardener with the assistance.of Annut, Alan and Christopher were very thorough and kind in discussing next steps regarding my injury
Very nice staff
Dr. Gardner is excellent.
Excellent professionalism
top quality in all respects... highly recommend
Totally recommend
Exceptional Doctor. Clearly very caring and took time to listen and explain. Truly appreciated seeing him.
Dr. Gardner seems to be an excellent surgeon but he does not seem to want to talk to his patients very much; some thing that seems is important for health and healing
Stanford has many specialists whose expoertise I have benefited from.
Yes, I will recommend to other people. Great service and professional.
Thoughtfully answered our several questions.
I will always be thankful and appreciate Dr. Gardner for accepting me as a patient and giving me back my ability to recover from trauma and to move more freely.
All awesome!
Dr. Gardner is an amazing surgeon & a caring physician.
Dr. Gardner is the best.
l couldn't ask for a better Dr. than Dr Rosenthal
Dr. Gardner and his medical staff are outstanding and they truly represent what a "care for patients" really mean.
I am very pleased and happy with Dr. Gardner his surgery cam, his medical staff and assistance.
Dr. Gardener is great!
Dr.Gardner is the best physion I ever dealt with
I will recommend this care provider every time when I get a chance.
My doctor, Dr. Gardner, Michael James, provided me the best care as always.
They all took good care of my wife
I feel very privileged for being treated by Dr. Gardner and his team.
Dr. Gardner and his team have all been extremely amazing. He listens and takes time with me each visit. He lets me contribe to the conversation! I have already recommended him & your office to many.

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