Sue Gardner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Co-Director, Center for Advancing Multimorbidity Science

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, wound pain. Recently, her research interests have expanded to multimorbidity and cancer survivorship. 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. She has a manuscript in press that delineates a model for integrating multimorbidity and symptom science.

Dr. Gardner is Co-Director of Center for Advancing Multimorbidity and Symptom Science (P20) from the National Institute of Nursing Research. This Center’s goal is to build the infrastructure to advance the care of individuals with multiple chronic conditions, including those who developed multiple conditions as a consequence of advanced cancer therapies.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Research areas
  • Wound infection
  • Wound pain
  • Multiple chronic conditions
Sue Gardner
PhD in Nursing, University of Iowa
MA in Nursing, University of Iowa
BSN, University of Iowa