Elizabeth Carpenter Gardner, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Ortho Clinical Faculty | Orthopaedic Services at the VA | Sports Medicine

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr Gardner is a Board Certified Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, specializing in the practice of sports medicine and arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder and hip.

Dr Gardner graduated from Yale University in 2001 with a BA in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate at Yale, Dr Gardner was a two-sport varsity athlete, playing both field hockey and lacrosse for the Bulldogs. During her career, she garnered recognition as an All-Ivy and Academic All-American player. In her senior year, she was named the sole captain of the Women’s Lacrosse team. It was through these athletic pursuits that Dr Gardner quickly came to appreciate the practice of sports medicine. In fact, she first joined the Yale Orthopaedics family as a surgical patient! She then spent her undergraduate summers shadowing in the clinics and working in the orthopaedic research labs under the tutelage of Dr Peter Jokl.

Following a two-year stint as a field hockey player and coach in England, Dr Gardner returned to the United States to attend Emory University School of Medicine, from which she graduated in 2007. She then came back to Yale School of Medicine to complete her orthopaedic surgery residency. Following her passion for collegiate athletic medicine, she was awarded a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Michigan. There she had the opportunity to work with the student-athletes at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, including their football and lacrosse teams.

Upon completion of her training, Dr Gardner returned to New Haven to join the Yale School of Medicine faculty, as well as working as a staff surgeon at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital and the Yale Health Center. She is currently a Team Physician for Yale University Athletics. She remains active as a member of Alumnae Boards for both Yale Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She is also a Fellow of Davenport College, and an undergraduate freshman advisor.

Education & Training

MD Emory University (2007)
BA Yale University (2001)
Fellowship University of Michigan, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Internship Yale-New Haven Hospital
Residency Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2015)
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery (2017)

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Elizabeth Carpenter Gardner, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Orthopaedics & RehabilitationVA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Yale Orthopedics and RehabiltationYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Orthopedics and Rehabilitation1445 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
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Mailing Address
Orthopaedics & RehabilitationPO Box 208071
New Haven, CT 06520-8071