Paul A. Gardner, MDAssociate Professor of Neurological Surgery
Executive Vice Chairman, Surgical Services
Co-Director, Center for Skull Base Surgery
Paul A. Gardner, MD, joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in 2008 after completing his residency and fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University, majoring in biochemistry, and received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Gardner completed a two-year fellowship in endoscopic endonasal pituitary and endoscopic and open skull base surgery. His research has focused on evaluating patient outcomes following these surgeries and more recently on genomic analysis of rare tumors. In April of 2008, Dr. Gardner was named neurosurgical director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Gardner is co-author of the recently released book Skull Base Surgery, part of the Master Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery series published by Wolters Kluwer. The book offers step-by-step expert instruction on more than 45 procedures, covering both open and minimally invasive approaches to the skull base.
Dr. Gardner's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Endoscopic endonasal and open skull base surgery; pituitary tumors; vascular surgery; cranial nerve disorders; minimally invasive surgery; peripheral nerve surgery.
American Board of Neurological Surgeons
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Professional Organization Membership
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
North American Skull Base Society
Pennsylvania Neurological Society
Pituitary Network Association
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UPMC On Topic Videos
Pituitary Adenomas and the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
Dr. Gardner explains pituitary adenoma tumors and the experience his multidisciplinary team has in treating the tumor with the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach.
Craniopharyngiomas and the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
Dr. Gardner explains craniopharyngioma tumors and the experience his multidisciplinary team has in treating the tumor with the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach.
Chordoma Tumors and the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
Dr. Gardner explains chordoma tumors and the experience his multidisciplinary team has in treating the tumor with the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach.
Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery at UPMC
Dr. Gardner talks about the benefits of minimally invasive brain surgery at UPMC.
In addition to continued clinical series examining outcomes following skull base surgery, significant progress has been made with chordoma genomic sequencing. In a project comparing exomes in tumor with patient blood and the known human genome, multiple potential targets for both oncogenesis and possible future treatments have been identified. These targets are currently being evaluated for current knowledge about their involvement in other tumors.
In addition, an ongoing prospective, randomized trial evaluating the role of lumbar drainage following endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery is nearing completion of enrollment.