Michael Gardner

Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs
Expertise: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Health Care Management, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dr. Michael Gardner, UNLV School of Medicine vice dean of clinical affairs and UNLV Medicine President/CEO, oversees and manages the clinical activities for approximately 160 faculty physicians, 260 residents, and 25 fellows throughout 19 clinic locations.

Prior to moving to Las Vegas in 2017, Dr. Gardner served as Harris Health executive vice president for Ambulatory Care Services in Houston, Texas. In this role, he managed 18 primary care and pediatric clinics, six same-day clinics and multiple specialty clinics. Gardner was responsible for the outpatient services for Harris Health, the third largest safety net system in the U.S. Earlier in his career, Gardner served as chair of an academic OB/GYN department at the University of Oklahoma –Tulsa. 

A member of multiple organizations involving both health care management and maternal fetal medicine, Gardner has been an invited lecturer at 13 symposiums held by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Gardner's articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Prenatal and Neonatal Medicine, and the Journal of Perinatology.


  • M.P.H., University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • M.M.M, University of Southern California
  • Residency in obstetrics and gynecology, Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center
  • Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with obstetrics and gynecology, and maternal fetal medicine

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Michael Gardner In The News

November 20, 2020
The reality of a viable COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon and authorities are preparing for an unprecedented global vaccination effort.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 20, 2020
The UNLV School of Medicine is prepared to store COVID-19 vaccines following distribution.
Nevada Business
September 1, 2020
Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group. For nearly 50 years, it has provided experienced, compassionate, innovative and high-quality care to patients throughout southern Nevada.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 31, 2020
UNLV is closing its curbside COVID-19 testing site because of intense summertime heat and because the Nevada National Guard will no longer be deployed to assist with the operation.

Articles Featuring Michael Gardner

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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
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Campus NewsMay 19, 2020
As daily life around the country came to a sudden halt in March, UNLV rapidly reconfigured the rhythms of its day-to-day operations and lent its considerable expertise to fighting the virus in Nevada.
A doctor in a white lab coat walks past a row of orange cones and a line of cars.
Campus NewsApril 13, 2020
Planning and effort at UNLV Medicine's public testing location helping to put patients at ease, contribute to public health fight.
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PeopleFebruary 28, 2018
Dr. Michael Gardner knows the impact that fostering a culture for excellence can have on a patient's care.