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Mary Gardner, M.D.

Assistant Professor, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Radiology

Director of Breast Imaging

Biographical Sketch | Interests | Current Research | Major Publications

Education and Training

Fellow in Diagnostic Ultrasound, 1989-1990
University of California, San Francisco
 Resident in Radiology , 1985-1989
University of California, San Francisco
St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco
 Internship in General Medicine, 1984-1985
Children’s Hospital, San Francisco
 Doctor of Medicine, 1980-1984
Tulane Medical School, New Orleans
 Master of Physiology, 1977-1980
Tulane Graduate School, New Orleans
 Bachelor of Science 1973-1977
Newcomb Women’s College of Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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Biographical Sketch

 Mary grew up in Winter Haven, the daughter of a diagnostic radiologist.  She left Central Florida to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology at the Newcomb Women's College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  While at Tulane, she also earned a master's degree in physiology and her doctor of medicine degree.  She moved to San Francisco where she completed her internship in medicine at Children's Hospital and her radiology residency and fellowship in diagnostic ultrasound at the University of California, San Francisco.

      Mary developed an interest in breast imaging early in her career as a diagnostic radiologist.  She has implemented several programs aimed at streamlining the processes that women encounter during the discovery, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  Mary recognizes the difficulties that face indigent women, and has written grants to obtain monies to screen, diagnose and treat women who fall below the poverty level.  She has served on the executive board of the Suncoast Affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  She serves as the medical director for the ultrasound technologist training program at the Polk Community College.     

     Mary is married to Edward Gardner, a financial planner.  They have two grown sons. She spends time at home with her husband, their two Labrador retrievers and their three cats.


     Cycling, fly fishing, hiking, snow-shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing.

Current Research

  • Breast MRI
  • Cryoablation study
  • Arm mapping study

Major Publications

1.    Effect of 0.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging on the surgical management of breast cancer patients.   Ben Furman, M.D., Mary S. Gardner, M.D., Patricia Romilly, M.D., John Clark, Nicholas Stowell, Bradley Green, Mark Ebert, Amit Patel, Charles Cox, M.D.  American Journal of Surgery 186 (2003) 344-347.

2.    A case report of invasive ductal adenocarcinoma identified in a lymphatic channel:  A staging controversy.   James W. Jakub, MD, Francis D. Drake, MD, Andrew W. Pippas, MD, Mary Gardner, MD, Roberto J. Fraile, MD, Rosemary Giuliano, ARNP, MSN, Solange Pendas, MD, Douglas S. Reintgen, MD.  Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center,Sept/Oct 2003, Vol.10, No. 5.

3.    Radioactive Seed Localization Breast Biopsy and Lumpectomy: Can Specimen Radiographs Be Eliminated?  Charles E. Cox, MD, Ben Furman, MD, Nicholas Stowell, Mark Ebert, John Clark, Elizabeth Dupont, MD, Alan Shons, MD, Claudia Berman, MD, John Beauchamp, MD, Mary Gardner, MD, Marla Hersch, MD, Priya Venugopal, MD, Margaret Szabunio, MD, Joanne Cressman, MD, Nils Diaz, MD, Vesna Vrcel, MD, and Rita Fairclough, PA-C.  Annals of Surgical Oncology, 10(9):1039-1047, 2003.

4.    Controversial Topics in Breast Lymphatic Mapping.  JW Jakub, CE Cox, AW Pippas, M Gardner, S Pendas and DS Reintgen  Seminars in Oncology, Vol 31, No 3 (June), 2004: pp 342-332.

5.    The Role of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ or with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Receiving Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy.  S Pendas, J Jakub, R Giuliano, M Gardner, G Swor and DS Reintgen  Cancer Control:  Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, July/August, Vol. 11, No. 4. 2004

6.    In progress...New radioactive seed review article accepted…lead author James W. Jakub

USF Breast News

SAVI Scout Breast Surgical Guidance System Presentation Receives Scientific Impact Award. 
05/17/2016 Tampa, FL
SAVI Scout, available since 2015, is a breast lesion localization tool that uses micro-impulse radar to localize and direct the removal of non-palpable breast lesions. The technology was quickly adopted by breast cancer physicians and is now available in more than 50 medical centers across the country...