Dr Heather Gardner is currently the clinical leader for General Medicine and a Consultant General Physician at Waitakere Hospital in West Auckland. She graduated from the Auckland School of Medicine in 1993 and attained her FRACP in 2005. She worked at Auckland Hospital from 2005 – 2007 as a specialist physician and senior lecturer in medicine before taking up her present position at Waitemata District Health Board.
She is involved in the mentoring and training of medical students, junior doctors and overseas trained doctors.
Dr Gardner has participated in several clinical research projects in the fields of diabetes and the genetics of lung cancer and emphysema.
Dr Gardner has considerable experience in the management of a number of chronic diseases, many aspects of older persons’ health, common rheumatological conditions and risk factor modification for heart disease and stroke disease.
What is General Medicine?
General medicine is the branch of medicine dealing with diseases affecting the internal organs of the body in adults. A specialist general physician has broad training in a number of disciplines and can therefore provide expert diagnosis and non-surgical treatment for a wide range of medical problems, especially more complex cases involving more than one body system or where the exact cause of symptoms is not clear.