UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Gardner, Donna (De De)

School of Health Professions
Respiratory Care
(210) 567-7960

De De is the Chair of the Department of Repiratory Care, The Steven Lloyd Barshop Endowed Professor in Respiratory Care, and the Interim Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Ms. Gardner is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Teaching at an academic health science center has allowed her to utilize her strengths in leadership, teaching, patient service and scholarship to fulfill the mission of the Health Science Center. In regards to teaching, Ms. Gardner utilizes a variety of strategies to capture student interest and engage them in their learning. Most recently she incorporated a case base approach to teaching chronic disease management of asthma and COPD. Students work in teams to solve the case, develop a disease management plan and video presentation as part of the course. This type of teaching and learning also fits within the "flipped classroom" innovation. De De is an early adopter of technology in education as a certified blackboard course director and now a CANVAS learning management leader on the UTHSCSA Campus.

Ms. Gardner has authored seven book chapters on topics such as patient assessment, infection control, health promotion with disease management, and blended learning.

In regards to patient care and clinical practice, De De is the respiratory therapist in the South Texas ALS Clinic and the primary investigator on grant funded by the ALS Association & the Will Rogers Institute to determine the best airway clearance device for ALS patients. De De was awarded two grants to support asthma education by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA. Ms. Gardner has been a student mentor for 11 different community service learning grants focused on asthma education for children and adults in Bexar County. De De was awarded the MacCaffree Humanitarian Award from the Chest Foundation for the 2+2Asthma Education Crew Program. These two awards supported the 2+2 asthma education program at 8 elementary schools and over 500 children in San Antonio, Texas.

In regards to professional leadership De De has been recognized as Fellow in the American Association for Respiratory Care, a Board of Trustee for the CHEST Foundation in the American College of Chest Physicians and Past Chair of the Allied Health Network Steering Committee in the American College of Chest Physicians.

De De is a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and a Board of Director for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education. De De has served as President of the Central Texas Society for Respiratory Care and Texas Society for Allied Health Professions.

6/2016 - Present Chair & Associate Professor with Tenure and Chair & Associate Professor with Tenure University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Health Sciences, San Antonio, TX
8/2012 - Present Associate Professor and Department Chair and Steven Lloyd Barshop Endowed Chair The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Respiratory Care, San Antonio, TX
8/2009 - Present Respiratory Therapist Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), Neurology, San Antonio, TX
6/2009 - Present Program Director & Chair and Program Director University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Respiratory Care, San Antonio, TX