Wayne Gardner, PA-C, graduated with a BS degree in Medical Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated first in his class from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program of the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center in 1980, receiving the Margaret K. Kirklin Award for Academic Excellence. He has been employed in surgical sub-specialty practice since graduation and has maintained National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification throughout.
During his 25- plus year career, he has worked in private and university practices in Chicago and Orlando. He has served as a lecturer and preceptor for Physician Assistant students and has expertise in all aspects of Cardiothoracic surgery, tissue banking, and management of the ICU patient.
Currently, his interests include development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and he has formally taught these techniques to physician assistants and surgeons, alike. He is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.