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Reed M. Gardner, PhD, Endowed Lectureship


The Reed M. Gardner Lectureship was created in 2006 with gifts from faculty, alumni and friends for the purpose of initiating a visiting lectureship in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and to honor Dr. Gardner, a beloved master teacher and emeritus faculty member in DBMI. The University is honored to have this lectureship bear the name of Dr. Reed M. Gardner, paying tribute to his life of distinguished service and accomplishments.

The Chair of the DBMI shall assume responsibility for the administration of the lectureship. It is the intent that a Lecturer of national prominence, involved in the field of biomedical informatics, shall visit the University annually for the presentation of the lectureship. Local scholars, when appropriate may be considered as well. Only individuals of the highest character and intellect shall be selected as reflected by the life of Dr. Reed M. Gardner.

Each lecturer shall present a public speech in addition to class participation and other teaching and lecturing as deemed appropriate by the Chair of the DBMI. The honorarium awarded and other details concerning the Lectureship shall be at the discretion of the Chair of the DBMI.

Reed M. Gardner, PhD

Dr. Gardner is one of the principal developers and evaluators of the medical expert system known as HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing). He previously served as a co-director of medical computing at LDS, Cottonwood, and Alta View Hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Reed Gardner

Dr. Gardner received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah in 1960. In 1968 he received a PhD in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Utah. Dr. Gardner’s primary academic and research interests are in hospital informatics systems, computerized medical decision-making, computerization of critical care, automation of nursing processes, medical informatics education, and public health informatics.

He is author or co-author of more than 350 articles in the fields of Medical Informatics and Bioengineering. Dr. Gardner is currently on the editorial board of Methods of Information in Medicine, and has been a journal editor and on editorial boards of Critical Care Medicine and other critical care journals, as well as the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). He also served as editor-in-chief of International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing.

Dr. Gardner is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He is a past president and served on the board of directors of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Past Recipents

2023Dean Sittig, PhD

2019David W. Bates, MD, MSc

2015E. Andrew Balas, MD, PhD

2012Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD

2011Yu-Chuan (Jack) Li, MD, PhD

2009 - Victor Maojo, MD, PhD

2008E. Andrew Balas, MD, PhD

2007G. Octo Barnett, MD