Dr. Barry N. Gardiner, MD obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his internship and a five year residency in general surgery at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. In addition, he was the recipient of an N.I.H. Fellowship in Gastroenterology, completing a two year study in clinical gastroenterology and research investigation into the formation of cholesterol gallstone formation under the tutelage of Donald M. Small at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Gardiner served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, both as Staff Surgeon and Director of the Department of Investigational Surgery at the Presidio of San Francisco. He then joined the clinical faculty of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine until entering private practice in general surgery in the East Bay.
Dr. Gardiner pioneered the introduction and development of laparoscopy in general surgery in the early 1990’s and was the principal clinical advisor to Intuitive Surgical, Inc. during the development and clinical trials of the da Vinci™ surgical robot. He was the principal investigator for the clinical trial of the da Vinci™ system in Mexico City and testified before the FDA panel meeting in 1999 which resulted in the FDA clearing the da Vinci™ surgical system for general laparoscopic use. Dr. Gardiner has vast experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques, and uses these techniques extensively in the field of general surgery, including innovative surgical approaches with the da Vinci™ robot.