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, and Tenured Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Teaching at an academic health science center has allowed me to utilize my strengths in leadership, teaching, patient care and service to fulfill the mission of the Health Science Center. In regards to teaching, I utilize a variety of strategies to capture my students interest and engage them in their learning. Most recently I have incorporated a case base approach to teaching chronic disease management of asthma and COPD. Students work together to solve the case, develop a disease management plan and video presentation as part of the course. The Department has incorporated a standardized patient simulation into the clinical education for a 360 degree evaluation of the student. I am a certified blackboard course director and was one of the first adopters of this technology on campus. I have authored seven book chapters on patient assessment, infection control, health promotion with disease management, and blended learning.

In regards to patient care and clinical practice, I am practicing respiratory therapist in the South Texas ALS Clinic and the primary investigator funded by the ALS Association & the Will Rogers Institute to determine the best airway clearance device for ALS patients.
I been awarded two grants associated with asthma education supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Between 2010 and 2014, I have mentored twelve students on 8 different community service learning grants focused on asthma education in children and adults. IN 2012 and 2013 I was awarded the MacCaffree Humanitarian Award from the Chest Foundation for the 2+2Asthma Education Crew Program that supported 8 elementary schools in the San Antonio to provide asthma education to over 500 children over the two years.

In regards to professional leadership I am a Fellow in the American Association for Respiratory Care, a Board of Director of 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. I am also a site visitor for the Commision on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and a Board of Director for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education. I have served as President of the Central Texas Society for Respiratory Care and Texas Society for Allied Health Professions.

2/2015 - Present Chair, ad Interim University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Clinical Laboratory 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
1/2012 - Present Department Chair UTHSCSA, Departme of Respiratory Care, San Antonio, TX
8/2009 - Present Respiratory Therapist Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), Neurology, San Antonio, TX