Mar 04, 2019 / Spotlight

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Lisa Gardner, Research

What is your role at the hospital? What do you do on a daily basis? 
I provide administrative support to Matt Ferguson, assistant administrator for the Research department and Harry Kim, M.D., director for the Center of Excellence in Hip Disorders.

In addition to Matt’s research responsibilities (I believe we have approximately 60 people in our department), he is also a board member on the Stemmons Corridor Business Association and several times a year, I will assist with events for the association. Dr. Kim is the chair for the International Perthes Study Group (IPSG). This group meets at the hospital annually and I help as I can. When the Research department has people interested in observing, I help with their visits.
 
What led you to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? How long have you worked here?
My neighbor worked here and everything she told me made me want to become a part of this hospital family. I have been here for 34 years and throughout my time, I have worked in several different areas. I started in security, moved to human resources, then to administration and now, I am in research.
 
What do you enjoy most about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children?
There are so many things that I love about the hospital! The research that is conducted here is wonderful because it can lead to finding causes and ultimately cures of conditions that many of our patients have. We are all dedicated to doing what is best for the children.  
 
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here? 
My first job was at an M.E. Moses Store, which does not exist anymore. When I started working here, I assumed it would be for a short time, yet 34 years later and I cannot imagine working anywhere else.
 
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to spend time with my family, especially my granddaughters. I also enjoy reading and travelling.
 
Three words to best describe you:
Compassionate, sincere, loyal
 
What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I cannot imagine being anywhere else. Scottish Rite Hospital isn’t really a job, it’s much more. I’m extremely lucky to be a very small part of what we do here. 
 
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I am the opposite of adventurous! Although, I do love to ride just about any ride at amusement or water parks – my granddaughters inspire me to be brave.

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