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Sub Specialty:
Neurovascular Surgery
Cranial Base Surgery

Hospital Affiliation(s):
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Presbyterian
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Patient Satisfaction Ratings:
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240 Patient
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University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Department of Neurological Surgery
UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop St.
Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office Phone:
(412) 647-3685

UPMC Minimally Invasive EndoNeurosurgical Center
UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office Phone:
(412) 647-6778


Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery


MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,
Pittsburgh, PA

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November 29, 2016

Excellent care provided on all fronts

November 29, 2016

the best surgeon as well as support staff

November 22, 2016

the neurology department is a busy one and they seemed to be short-staffed at the front desk. Somehow, I was able to see my doctor is a timely manner and although being short handed, all of the staff was very kind and helpful. Taking a trip to Presbyterian in Oakland has always been stressful for me with traffic and parking, but one I get to where I need to be, the experience with the staff has always been excellent. I feel very fortunate to have connections with Dr. Gardner and the staff at UPMC. Thank you!

November 08, 2016

I had to wait over three hours for the doctor to spend less than 5 mins with me. My appointment was at 10:30, I arrived at 10 and wasn't seen until after 2:00pm. Very unhappy that I had to take time off of work to be treated like that.

November 08, 2016

Wait time (90 minutes) was too long.

November 08, 2016

Why a 2 hour wait for scheduled appointment. when we questioned the receptionist the response was..".Dr. Garner is always behind". 2 hours?? for a 15min appointment? If Dr. Garner can expect his patients to wait 2 hours,(and this was not the first time - and we were second appointment of the day), then maybe he should not schedule patients till after lunch, or after am rounds, or whatever it is that is making him habitually late.

October 18, 2016

everyone from valet, Dave at info desk went out of the way for me. very impressive. just praying everyone that will care for me after surgery is the same. they all deserve the above and beyond award!!

October 18, 2016

I have been coming to Dr. Gardner since 2010 and he has always taken the time to answer all of my questions and conncerns. He also has a very friendly and professional team working with him. I would definitely recommend Dr. Gardner and everyone else that works with him.

October 11, 2016

Clinic makes it difficult to maintain a schedule, while delivering quality care. Quality of care was excellent.

September 20, 2016

I had an appointment and got called into a room 2 hours and 30 minutes after my scheduled appointment time. The person who took me back to my room did not introduce herself, she did not verify my name and/or date of birth. She did not ask me why I was at this appointment. She did not offer why Dr. Gardner was late nor did she apologize for the lateness of the appointment. I never had a set of vital signs taken. I never had anyone review my allergies or medications. I sat in the room for 20 minutes when a Fellow finally came in an briefly spoke to me and performed a brief neurologic exam. I then waited in the room another 40 minutes until I finally walked out to find someone to ask when Dr. Gardner would be in to see me, given that it was now 3 hours and 30 minutes past my appointment time. I was told that he would be in to see me next. However 5 minutes after that, a person came into my exam room and told me that he was called to an emergency in the operating room and it was not known what time he would return. It that time, I decided to leave as I needed to get home to my children. I never ended up seeing Dr. Gardner despite being in the office for over 3 hours and 30 minutes. I never had any recommendations regarding my MRI and follow up care. I also have yet to receive a phone call to reschedule my appointment or have someone discuss my MRI results. It also should be known that while I was a patient in the hospital in June 2016 Dr. Gardner never came into to see me. I saw and interacted with a Fellow only. Prior to discharge, Dr. Gardner called me on the phone and that was the only interaction I had with him. I am a healthy care provider within UPMC system and am appalled and the service and level of care I have received by this office.