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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Gardner is a 1990, cum laude graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology. A native of Texas , he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he was named Most Outstanding Student in Otolaryngology for the 1994 graduating class. Dr. Gardner did his surgical internship and received his Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery training at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He served as Chief Resident for that institution's affiliated hospitals, and three times received the Washington Hospital Center BRAVO Award for patient care. Dr. Gardner is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck
Dr. Gardner's research interests include facial nerve dysfunction and cancer of the thyroid gland. His work has been presented at national meetings and published in leading medical journals.
Dr. Gardner has been listed in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the area's Top Doctors. He practices all aspects of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery treating both adults and children. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck, disorders of the ear, and all forms of upper airway obstruction from snoring to sleep apnea. His special clinical interests include endoscopic diagnosis and surgery for nasal, sinus, and laryngeal disorders.
Dr. Gardner is a member of local, state, and national medical societies. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology. He also serves as Delegate to the Medical Society of Virginia. He and his wife have three children and make their home in Woodbridge.
Verified Patient Reviews
I felt well taken care of. From the people at the front desk, the nurse that took my vitals and Dr. Richard Gardner all were wonderful, through and took the time to tell me exactly what they were going to do. I was a very comforting experience.
Dr. Gardner was attentive and took the time to cover all my questions. He provided me with options for treatment and his recommendations. Very professional.
The best experience professionally and personally I have been receiving is from Dr. Gardner's office and his staff
Very good doctor. Great bedside manner, caring and very knowledgeable. Explanations given in "plain language." Will definitely continue to see him.
Dr. Gardner was very pleasant, and explained all options. He is a genuine person, im highly pleased, and ill be returning soon.
Great straight forward Doctor that really listens and takes the time to fully explain why he recommends or does not recommend things.
Dr Gardner is incredibly knowledgeable, and conveys his medical opinions in very "user friendly" terms. He discusses the treatment options frankly and asks the patient for input as he comes to a solid treatment plan. He is efficient, not rushed. He is a wonderful doctor, and I highly recommend him (and have to many other people).
Dr. Gardner was wonderful! Fully explained the results of the ultrasound that I had taken in layman's terms. Reassured me it was nothing serious. I liked the way he phrased the treatment plan...If you were my sister, I would recommend... The office staff was wey friendly and efficient as well.
Love him! Friendly, warm, cordial, genuinely listens to you
Dr Gardner was wonderful, and so was the office staff. Dr Gardner has a wonderful bedside manner that made me completely comfortable. He listened to me and gave me options that were feasible.
The office staff was very nice and friendly. I arrived right at my appt time and I hate doing that because I still had new patient paperwork to fill out. The front desk lady was very nice. The medical assistant who brought me back was very nice and friendly too. Dr Gardner was nice and honest. He had a different opinion about treatment for my ear pain and pressure than my previous ENT. I appreciate his honesty. He said tubes and/or sinus surgery wouldn't benefit me. This was nice to hear because so many doctors out there do unnecessary procedures. He told me I would benefit seeing a TMJ specialist. I had a hearing and ear pressure test done. The lady who did it was friendly. I don't have anything negative to say about this office
He knows what he is doing
Fabulous as always
They were friendly and professional. Gave me clear explanations and a clear path for the future.
Dr. Gardner was very professional. He explained my daughter's procedure in detail along with providing great after-care instruction. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions in detail.
He and the staff were all very friendly. He took time to explain my options gave his medical opinion and asked my opinion on how I felt about each option. I would recommend this office.
Very professional and diagnosed the problem quickly! Was very helpful and understanding.
This was my first visit to a ENT doctor. I am happy that I chose NOVA ENT. Dr. Gardner took the time to listen to my concerns, and help build a regimen that will work for me.
Very personable and knowledgeable. Felt like I was in good hands. Glad I chose Dr. Gardner for my medical care.
Dr. Gardner was great! He was very attentive and caring. We will definitely return.
He was very positive and had a friendly warm manner.He was able to diagnose my symptoms quickly and give me medication alternatives telling me the pros and cons of each.
Wonderful doctor. We don't make a move without consulting this ENT.
Easy to establish a patient Doctor relationship. Listened well and developed a plan for my chronic sinusitis. Highly recommend!
Dr. Gardner was very professional and helped me understand all the information that was needed.
Dr. Gardner is very personable, listens when i'm trying to tell him about my symptoms, explains things very well and has been helping me quite a lot. He's great!
Explained what is going on and the procedure and process very well ! My son was very comfortable in his office as well. Highly recommended !
Dr. Gardner was very professional and thorough. He discussed medical issues in layman's terms. He listened well, was very genial and informative. I came away from the appointment confident that I had received high quality care. I will definitely use his services again if needed.
First of all, Dr. Gardner is just a fun fellow to talk to. He is so friendly, interested in you, you can't help but like him. He explains what's wrong plainly and clearly, and he answered my questions completely and thoughtfully (and he showed no hint that they might have been stupid or redundant questions, but, well, they might have been).
He was a great listener and great at diagnosing the problem as well
Dr. Gardner was very knowledgeable, kind, and funny. I feel confident that both I and my daughter are receiving excellent care.
He was well worth the wait. Dr. Gardner and his staff were very welcoming and quick to put me at ease. I was a little worried as I had to undergo a somewhat invasive, in-office procedure and I could not have been more comfortable after both Dr. Gardner and his assistant talked me through their experiences. Wonderful doctor and wonderful staff!!
Excellent doctor, very personable, full of information
Best Doctor I have ever seen highly recommend
I was very pleased with my experience with the doctor. Been to a couple others recently but Dr. Gardner was very attentive to my issues and is taking action to help resolve them on a multi-year chronic sinus infection.
I was treated by Dr. Gardner in the past, and I continue to go to him. He is extremely professional, treats patients with respect, and actually has a sense of humor. I would highly recommend him to others.
This visit was AMAZING. Our family has an HMO, but we will always come to Dr. Gardner with concerns regarding our daughter's ENT requirements. When my spidey sense is activated with our plan's doctors, I immediately go to Dr. Gardner, who NEVER disappoints. His kindness in caring for my little one is paramount always. He explains just enough to her to keep her relatively calm, and competently and efficiently goes to work. In this case, our ENT had diagnosed surgery for our daughter, and I immediately came to Dr. Gardner for a second opinion. Not only did he obviate the need for surgery, but he fixed the problem within 5 minutes. My relief and happiness knows no bounds. Long live Dr. Gardner and his wonderful staff.
I had never been to this practice before so I selected seeing Dr. Gardner based on positive patient reviews. He was as good as I had expected him to be based on those reviews...friendly and very informative. This was my first time seeing him and I am due for a follow up in a month. I look forward to seeing him again...and that's pretty bold for me to look forward to a Doctor's visit!
he was wonderful and made sure that the audiologist was able to give me a hearing test so that Dr. Gardner could make a diagnosis and treat my ailment accordingly. He was wonderful and the entire staff was great.
This was an exceptional visit. Dr. Gardner took very good care of me-even put my wife at ease. Top notch practicioner and staff!
Confident he will do the best to solve my problem.
Dr. Gardner is amazing. He is always on time and very thorough. He knows exactly what he is talking about, and he never makes you wait. You are in and out. it is amazing!
Very professional, Dr. Gardner gave me choices and explained every procedure, listened to my concerns and questions. He was genuinely concerned regarding how I felt before and after surgery. I would recommend him to friends and relatives for Ear, Nose and Throat problems.
I only waited about 2 minutes in both the waiting room and the exam room. Dr. Gardner delivered the exam results (all good news!) succinctly and in a friendly manner. I left the office feeling like he had covered all my questions and understood what to do next. By the way, nice office staff, too.
I thought he was very professional!
Came in with a standard stuffy/runny nose and dry cough. I was sure it was allergies but after being examined we determined it was the remnants of a sinus infection or moderate cold. Dr. Gardner was great! It had been years since I had seen him but he has always provided the same great service and worked around me being slightly phobic in doctor's offices. Highly recommend this practice!
Dr. Gardner is professional, caring, and very capable. We have seen him twice now for our small children (infants) that were suffering from throat issues (laryngomalacia) and he provided us with better advice and guidance- especially supportive and practical advice for breastfeeding, reflux, and sleeping positions- than our pediatrician and lactation consultant combined. Highly recommend!
Dr. Gardner is so kind, and really great with kids. He answered all my questions and didn't rush me. Would absolutely recommend him!
Dr Gardner is just excellent. He puts you at ease and explains everything thoroughly Almost makes you want to get sick so you can have an appointment with him.
Dr. Gardner was very thoughtful and listened to the issues specific to my child. He gave very professional medical advice in a non threatening manner. My daughter was comfortable in his office.
He's highly professional and obviously stays up to the minute in his field. He is at ease and friendly, which removes the tension of a stressful situation.
Dr. Gardner is excellent! Works well with adults and children. Highly, highly recommend!
Dr Gardner is such a warm and caring Dr. I know I'm in good hands when I'm in his office or getting surgery. I highly recommend.
I really felt comfortable with him. It was a visit for my 9 month old son so it was very important! I would recommend him to anyone!
I loved this office. Everyone was friendly, and efficient. I was in and out before I knew it. Dr. Gardner, was fabulous. I felt like we were old friends. He really listened to me and helped me with my problem. I wish he could be my family doctor as well.
As a new patient my visit was GREAT! Dr. Gardner answered all my questions and concerns in a professional manner. Bedside manners was wonderful, he made you feel like a friend not a patient.
Excellent, professional doctor - highly recommend! A+++++ One of the best!
Dr Gardner was very personable eager to get started with my issue. Listen to everything very closely and answered all my and my better half's questions
Very thorough and didn't "overprescribe."
Always amazing, professional and real
Dr. Gardner as always was able to quickly diagnose and explain what was going on in a comforting easy going way. I'm always confident he will resolve what's going on quickly. His staff is polite and personable as well.
Dr. Gardner seems to have "seen it all" already and gave me the feeling that I was going to be OK. "We" were going to get the answers I need which was very calming for me. Office staff are very competent, too, and helped me understand the next steps as they relate to getting tests done by other professionals. A friend highly recommended Dr. Gardner based on her experience with him and I'm happy I asked her opinion.
Dr. Gardner gives excellent care would refer anyone who needs to see an ENT to him or the practice.
Thorough and professional
Professional, personable, to the point and very comforting!
Answered my questions.
The best - what else can I say !
He is always professional and I especially appreciate how easy he is to talk with. More importantly he's working hard on helping me improve.
Best doctor I have ever had.Staff is also excellent!
I have been a patient with Dr. Gardner for years and I would hope to never lose him. He is the BEST!! and does not recommend things if it's not necessary. He's funny and very personable and always makes sure you leave with no un answered what if's.. Totally would recommend!!! His Team is great too.. Marti R.
The entire office staff are pleasant, polite and extremely effective at their jobs. Dr. Gardner is knowledgeable, extremely approachable and willing to discuss multiple options and actions. It is very refreshing to have a physician who works with his patients, as opposed to on them.
I was most impressed with the care I received. The honesty and forthright diagnosis that was given to me; relieved my mind that I may have had a more serious problem. Thank you Dr. Gardner; blessings to you and your caring staff!
I went to my appointment a month ago in hopes of talking over sinus surgeries. He recommended using a spray first and going from there. A surgeon who doesn't recommend surgery? I already liked this doctor. He actually said he might be wrong too, which is another reason I liked him. Unfortunately a month later I came in and said the spray did NOT work, and he looked up in my nose and agreed that surgery was the only option for my specific issue. He listens and is extremely personable. The first time we met he treated me like a patient he has had for years. Don't be upset if he doesn't go along with what you wanted the first visit, because this doctor really cares and has a purpose behind what he recommends. I appreciated that.
I was so disappointed I was nearly in tears when I left. I was a new patient with post nasal drip, CHRONIC throat and chest irritation/infections as a result; it began after a nose break. He gave me nose drops. He didn't look in my nose with a scope. He confirmed I had excessive nasal drip and my throat was swollen, but again...never looked at anything with a scope. I drove 45 minutes for that, nose drops and I was on flonase. I waited over a week for this appointment. They scheduled me for a follow up...I cancelled it in the parking lot.
Professional and soft spoken. Guided me through out the surgery done on my ear.
he is one of the best doctor.
Dr. Garnder and his entire staff were wonderful. So often specialists get a "bad rep," but he's great!
Doctor Gardner is always looking for the best interest of the parents of patient. He gives a through explaination on treatment and next steps.
Besides the fact of good news for an issue that I had worrisome concern, Dr. Gardner was excellent at explaining the procedure and then assisting me understand exactly what is happening in my throat. Very relieved it was something that should be able to be easily treated.
Dr. Gardner was knowledgeable and knew what he was talking about
I'm glad for the opportunity to give my positive opinion of my treatment from Dr. Gardner. His positive disposition and amiable personality are a welcome addition to his expertise in his field. I rate my visit high and readily recommend him.
Instead of giving me the prescription to leave at the desk for them to electronically send it to my pharmacist, he kept it. Unknowing that he did not get that to the desk, I went to Giant to pick it up. They had no record and called the office and was told that the Dr. had it and is still seeing patients. I was told to wait 10 minutes so they could get it. I waited, then I shopped, came back to the desk--they called again. I even talked to the male nurse, and he said he would try to get it. My appt. was at 10:00--by this time it was 12:30.iI went home, ate lunch, & called back to the drug store--they called the office and it was CLOSED FOR LUNCH. Finally after their lunch, they sent the prescription thru to the pharmacist. I should not be this late in getting this medicine into me!! Nor should we have had to make two trips for this. I have never had this experience anywhere else, and really believe that Dr. Gardner forgot to give it to his nurse or the desk. However, he does need to know this. I want to get well as quickly as possible. Walking around that extremely cold Giant did not help my condition at all for over an hr.
I really appreciated the time Dr Gardner took to talk with me about everything, explain what he was doing, and go over all options thoroughly. He was the second ENT I have seen for recurrent nosebleeds and I will definitely come back to him if I ever need to. He was also very patient with my children who had to come with me and talked with them too. Great bedside manner and very personable.
Dr. Gardner is the best! He was very thorough and addressed all of my concerns so that I completely understood everything about my condition. I feel very confident that I am receiving the best care when I see Dr. Gardner.
The visit was nice. The front office staff is always pleasant and efficient. Dr. Gardner is always professional and kind.
Surgery today went well. Dr. Gardner was very professional and spoke with my husband privately after the case.
Both my wife and I attended the 1st visit and we had an immediate connection with Dr Gardner...I live in Florida and will need surgery...I am opting to come back to Virginia to have Dr Gardner perform my surgery...that's how much we both liked him!
Dr. Gardner took time to ease our mind about a few issues that concerned us. He is very caring and honest. The ultimate professional. We highly recommend him to family and friends.
Dr. Gardner is personable, professional, a great ENT doctor to have. He talks you through the entire process and listens when you have questions. I have recommended him before and would do it again.
Most excellent ENT ever!
He is one of my favorites- takes the time to listen and is willing to discuss issues/solutions. Never seems rushed.
Dr. Gardner treats both myself and my 2 year old daughter. He is quick and to the point but overall really good and knowledgeable.
really great my first time in the office - the staff was excellent - I was very nervous but the nurse but me at ease and the doctor was fantastic - would highly recommend him
I am very happy with the service I received Thank you
Great visit from beginning to end. Dr. Gardner has done 3 surgeries on my daughter and this is the first one for me. Highly recommend and his business partner!
Always absolutely wonderful. My family loves him and thinks he's the best doctor in this area.
My visit with Dr. Gardner was excellent!! Put my fears to rest about chronic sinusitis, and possible repeat surgery. I would recommend him to any of my family or friends. The office staff as well are very professional and courteous. They make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
He is very personable yet professional. He looks out for your best interests.
He inspired trust and confidence right away. He was very thorough in explaining my problem and recommended corrective action and pointed out how I may deal with it A very pleasant experience!
He knows what he is doing, the best doc
I generally don't take the time to rate doctors, but Dr. Gardner was just so exceptional. My son has been having recurring ear infections, and I was mostly expecting him to recommend tubes. That did not happen. He took the time to explain why my son is probably having the recurrent ear infections, and what lifestyle changes we can make (for us, a smaller day care is a good start, which we had already decided to do). His bedside manner is perfect: Kind, gentle, professional, and knowledgeable; it is hard to find that combination.
Dr. Gardner is awesome -- very nice, very patient Very smart & knowledgable. Definitely one of the nicest doctors I've ever seen. Very competent and efficient. He doesn't give you any b.s., just tells you what's what very directly and clearly. Highly recommend seeing him if you're looking for a new ENT doctor.
It was great. Everything was explained before hand and then again durung the procedure step by step.
Excellent in all respects.
Dr. Gardner was extremely knowledgable. He has an excellent bedside manner. He allowed plenty time for question and listened attentively to all concerns.
It was great! He found out why I had been having trouble with a persistent cough. I had seen another doctor but wasn't getting better and I decided to try an ENT instead. I'm glad I did!
Dr. Gardner has a great bed side manner and listens to your description of your medical problem and outlines the possible solutions to correct them. His easy manner makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.
He is a very, very pleasant man. I wish all my doctors were as congenial.
Excellent Dr. always has a smile on his face my kids adore him.
Dr. Gardner is a great dr with awesome bedside manner. I would recommend him very highly. Thank you for being a dr that makes his patients feel comfortable.
Very pleased with Dr. Gardner. He is amazing with my son who is very nervous about doctor appointments.
He is an outstanding doctor, highly recommend
I would recommend Dr Gardner. I saw him four years ago the first time. I was very pleased with him and his staff instead of trying another, I went back to him. Thank you.
Top notch! He explained test results quite clearly.
Dr. Gardner has always been pleasant, very kind and very helpful with my ENT needs.
Dr. Gardner did my septoplasty. He is amazing. Very friendly and excellent bed side manners. I would recommend him to anyone.
This surgery post-op appointment was like all the prior ones: very little wait, everyone was nice, and great communication from the doc. I'm very pleased with the surgery and all the pre- and post-care. This really could not have been a better experience, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Dr. Gardner and this practice.
Dr Gardner made me feel at ease.
This is a surgery that I've had to have twice before, which were done in another state. Hands down Dr. Gardner is the best ENT I have ever had. Very competent and great bedside manner. I couldn't recommend him more.
Dr. Gardner is a caring and highly skilled ENT who I have been seeing for several years. I highly recommend him for any ent problems.
Dr Gardner is the very best doctor that I have ever had in all of my years.
Dr Gardner is a caring and helpful doctor. He lets you know what he will be doing, what might happen and totally prepares you so there will be no suprises.
It was wonderfull experience & I appericeate each one of the team of Dr Gardner God Bless Dhillon
Dr. Gardner is a great physician with good bedside manner and excellent clinical judgment.
All office staff was kind and professional Dr. Gardner was attentive and answered all my questions and prescribed meds which will hopefully alleviate my symptoms.
I think he is a very realistic ,intelligent doctor in his field of specialty I would recommend him to my family and friends
Have suffered from serious sinus issues for 10 years and have seen many ENT'S. He is at the top of his class.No worries with him.
As usual the visit went very well. Everyone was courtesy and friendly, the staff was able to adjust the order of what I needed to get done without any problem or delay, and I found out what I needed to find out. I highly recommend Dr. Gardner and his practice. 5 stars.
I have been going to see Dr. Gardner for a few years now. My husband and two small children are also patients. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is great with the kids. He listens and really tries to help with all of our needs. I could not have asked for or found a better ENT!
Dr. Gardner explained issues thoroughly, listened to my questions, and thoughtfully responded to my concerns. He was competent and thorough.
Very good, cool doctor!!!
Very informative, he helped give me a peace of mind.
The doctor himself was not too bad and in a hurry just like most doctors anyway. The desk person was rude, uninterested and unwelcoming.
Dr. Gardner is awesome and I would recommend him to anyone. Love the staff , they're always very polite. Overall great services excellent practice!
Very pleased with this doctor. Took my 3 year old for an evaluation on his ears (had a hole in his ear drum that hasn't closed since removing ear tubes about 9 months ago). Great bedside manner from the doc. The office/nursing staff also did a wonderful job too. I believe they were very thourough and kind. I will be happy to continue seeing Dr Gardner for any necessary follow up for my son.
Excellent, he listens and then try to find the right treatment. Highly recommended
Dr. Gardner is awesome. Very knowledgeable and straight to the point but will take the time to explain something to you over and over again should you not fully understand. I over heard the elder patient he saw before me whisper to his wife on the way out, that Dr. Gardner was one of the best doctors he had seen in his life as well.
The best ENT specialist in the eastern coast of America
Dr. Gardner impressed me as a true and caring medical professional. He fully explained my test results and provided his professional medical opinion which I easily accept as being true. His prognosis seemed reasonable as long as I followed his instructions. I would highly recommend Dr. Gardner to family and friends. Dr. Gardner also treated my spouse and she was equally impress with his medical professionalism.
Dr. Gardner reviewed my test and immediately identified the problem. He provided patient education as well.
Best ENT I have ever seen, period. No BS, very personable and always has a smile on his face. Dr. Gardner is NOT the typical, cranky Doctor. He's a real human-being, not a robot like most in the medical field.
My visit was absolutely fantastic! I arrived early for my appointment and was seen promptly. Dr. Gardner quickly found the source of my sinus pain and I was on my way before the appointment was even scheduled to begin! Reception staff was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
Dr. Gardner takes the time to listen, suggest options for treatment, and thoroughly answer questions. Making sure the patient is comfortable with the treatment plan is his first priority. Very personable with a great bedside manner. Excellent doctor!
Doctor Gardner was very personable and made me feel like what I had to say was important. He did what my last ENT did not: listened! The diagnosis felt right and the treatment well explained. I'm glad I decided to turn to ZocDoc to find a new ENT.
Very friendly and personable. Admitted he wasn't 100% sure what was going on with me, but was committed to finding an answer. I appreciated the honesty.
He did explain and give the option to try out which one will be better for you. He is very pleasant and easy to talk with. He does not rush you and listened to what you have to say. Over all he is very nice.
The whole process from ZocDoc to the appointment went seamlessly - Dr. Gardner was wonderful and diagnosed my problem and I couldn't be happier.
As always is an enjoyable experience.
Very organized. Good listener and a great communicator
Helpful in every way in helping get started on correcting a fluid problem in my right ear.
Dr. Gardner was very thorough as he explained how he would approach and treat my son's illness. I thought the visit went very well and I would recommend his services to others.
Very professional. Answered all my questions and was very thorough in examination. Highly Reccomend Dr Gardner.
As a first time patient I found Dr. Gardner to be professional, informative, reassuring, and helpful. I would recommend him to family, friends, and co-workers if an ENT is ever needed by them.
I had suffered from a very resistant sinus infection, his experience made a difference he ordered a culture for me and gave me the right RX that fixed me in no time .
He was very attentive and helped us schedule my daighter's surgery the next day!
He's great, very helpful, listens and explains everything.
Highly professional doctor and staff. Overall very impressed with my visit and would highly recommend them.
Extremely knowledgeable! Excellent bedside manner. Takes time to explain every question, and even the ones you don't think to ask. Very reassuring.
I was seen in 15 minutes despite arriving being late.
Extremely personable, professional and instantly established repore.
I have recommended him to several friends over the years. He is the most knowledgeable ENT doctor I have met -- he stays very current with new treatments.
Beautiful personality - professional yet personable. Dr. Gardner was very informative and helpful.
This was the second time Dr. Gardner was able to treat a situation that other doctors had trouble with. He is the best!
Great personality, gave me plenty of time to ask questions and made me feel extremely confident I was making an educated decision that was right for my child.
Great doctor. Answered all of my questions. Great staff that helped me with all of my needs.