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Elizabeth Gardner, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Yale University Athletics

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Elizabeth Gardner, MD

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  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    PO Box 208071

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8071

    United States



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 Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon for Yale University Athletics, and serves as a team physician for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun and National Lacrosse League's New England Blackwolves. 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, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery (2017)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2015)

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