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Faculty - Sue E. Gardner

Sue E. Gardner
320 CNB

PhD in Nursing, University of Iowa 
MA in Nursing, University of Iowa
BSN, University of Iowa

Research Focus/Clinical Interests: 
  • Wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic wound microbiome
  • Wound pain

Sue E. Gardner, PhD, RN is a Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She received her doctorate in nursing with a focus on aging and methods/statistics from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Gardner’s research interests include chronic wounds, wound infection, diabetic foot ulcers, genomic analyses of microbial burden, and wound pain. She has been principal investigator of studies that have examined the identification of chronic wound infection, the validity of wound specimen techniques in determining microbial bioburden, the role of bioburden on diabetic foot ulcer outcomes, and factors associated with pain during wound care procedures. She has authored and co-authored several papers and book chapters related to chronic wounds, wound infection, wound specimens, clinical factors associated with bioburden based on genomic methods, and wound pain.

Dr. Gardner is Associate Director of Research for the University of Iowa Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence and on the editorial board of Biological Research for Nursing. 

Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and the Wound Healing Society. Her primary area of nursing practice has been in the acute care setting, including surgery and cardiac intensive care.