Meet Mark Gardner, DO, an orthopaedic surgeon and chairman of orthopaedics at UPMC Horizon and UPMC Jameson.
Dr. Garnder on his role at UPMC:
“I’m an orthopaedic surgeon, so my training consisted of medical school, a one-year internship, and a four-year orthopaedic residency. My focus at UPMC Horizon is on joint replacement and sports medicine. I also deal with fractures, trauma, and rotator cuff surgery using minimally invasive techniques. I see people of all ages and from all walks of life, from teenage athletes to adults in their 80s having hip or knee replacements.”
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In his spare time:
“Since college, I’ve had a heart for medical missions. I’ve partnered with a medical/surgical team to travel to some of the poorest parts of the world. We went to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and the Petén jungle in Guatemala the following year. Those were life-changing experiences. I’m also the team doctor for Grove City College athletics, as well as several area high school teams. When I’m not at work, I love fishing, boating, and spending time with my wife and three children.”
On what made him want to become a surgeon:
“I was a high school and college athlete; I played football for four years at Duquesne University, where I majored in physical therapy. In learning how to rehabilitate patients, I became really interested in the medical angle of helping people who struggle with pain. That pushed me to go to medical school. The fact that many of my family members are doctors — including my dad, uncle, grandfather, brother, sister, and cousins — was also a deciding factor.”
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On what he loves most about his job:
“The best thing is to see people come into the office with a problem and help them get better. They’re in pain, in one form or another, and to help alleviate that pain and watch them make strides toward recovery is very gratifying. It’s not just physical — people who are struggling with pain are struggling with life. It invades their relationships, work, and lifestyle. To help someone recover from an injury and achieve significant improvement in their everyday life is very satisfying.”
On what he wants his patients to know:
“I treat the patient as more than a collection of symptoms. I treat the physical ailments, yes, but also the mental and emotional issues that go along with them. It’s all about listening, being available, and not hurrying them. It’s wonderful to have that connection with people.”
A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.8 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $500 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.