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Remembering Frank H. Gardner, MD

FHG photoFrank H. Gardner, MD, a former professor of Medicine at Penn Medicine and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, died at his home in Galveston on April 6, at age 93.

Born in California, Dr. Gardner dedicated his career to the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the blood. Following positions early in his career that took him to Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston, Gardner served in the US Army Medical Corps during the Korean War, stationed at Form Buchanan in Puerto Rico. His work at the Tropical Research Medical Laboratory led to significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of Tropical Sprue, a debilitating disease affecting thousands of allied troops fighting in jungle climates.

In 1966, Dr. Gardner was appointed professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continued his clinical work at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, first as director of the Hematology Research Laboratory, and later as director of Medicine. He also served as a consultant in Hematology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia BA Hospital.

In 1975, he moved to Galveston, Texas. In 2004, the Frank H. Gardner Conference Room was dedicated at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, recognizing his important contributions to the University as both an inspirational teacher and renowned hematologist.

Dr. Gardner is survived by his three sons and two grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Hospice Care Team, Inc.

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