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Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Residency Program, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Lynn Gardner is originally from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then did a general pediatrics residency and an additional chief residency year at Emory University School of Medicine.

After residency, Dr. Gardner spent more than two years in private practice before returning to Emory as faculty where she served for almost 18 years. While there, she served as Associate Director of the Pediatrics Residency Training Program for more than 12 years. Other roles she held in the training program at Emory included Director of the Community Pediatrics Rotations, which focused on social determinant of health and health disparities, Director of the Global Health Track for the training program, and Grand Rounds moderator for the Department of Pediatrics. While at Emory, she also received the Department Humanitarian Award in 2011 and the Department Teacher of the Year award in 2016.

In 2017, Dr. Gardner joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine where she currently serves as Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program. She is credited with significantly increasing the board pass rate for the program, as well as expanding subspecialty opportunities for pediatric residents. Dr. Gardner continues to direct the Community Pediatrics Rotation, which focuses on the social determinants of health and health disparities.

Nationally, Dr. Gardner has served as co-chair of the Associate Program Directors Special Interest Group in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As chair of the Educational Interventions for Lead Exposed Children workgroup, Dr. Gardner led a team whose work culminated in the widely accepted national standards of care. She also served as Medical Staff President, Hospital Board Member for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding and on the System Medical Executive Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Seeing a critical need among her patient population, Dr. Gardner co-founded a 501c3 non-profit organization called Exceeding the Mark Inc., which provides one on one in-home tutoring services for low and middle-income children. She also serves as Director of World Missions at her church and has led a team of medical professionals, including medical students, residents, and physician assistants to Jamaica to serve alongside of the local healthcare workers in small mountain town in the Parish of Trelawny for the past nine years.


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    Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Residency Program, Morehouse School of Medicine