Dr. Reed McArthur

Science & Technology

Dr. Reed McArthur Gardner (1937-)

was born and raised in St. George, Utah. After graduating from Dixie College in 1957, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1960, and a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1968. He was professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the U of U’s School of Medicine. He was also co-Chair of Medical Computing for Intermountain Health Care’s Salt Lake Valley Hospitals, including LDS Hospital, where he was one of the principal developers of the world renowned HELP Clinical Computing systems.

Dr. Gardner’s primary academic and research interests are hospital information systems, computerized medical decision-making, computerized intensive care data acquisition and the automation of the nursing process. He has published over 320 articles and edited two textbooks in the fields of medicine, informatics, computing and engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing. He has also served as the national vice president of the American Thoracic Society, a group of physicians and scientists who study lung diseases and critical care medicine. He was recently the national president of the American Medical Informatics Association, a 4,000 member national organization representing his profession. He served on the Dixie College Board of Trustees from 1985-93. He and his wife, the former Jackie Christensen of St. George, are the parents of three sons and two daughters.