Dr. Gardner believes that trust is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship. Trust includes many things, including trust in the doctors breadth of k\nowledge and experience, trust in his or her integrity and honesty, and trust that your physician has your best interest at heart, is an advocate who is compassionate and non-judgmental about your suffering, and will be aggressive and relentless in finding and treating the root causes of your health problems. Doctor Gardner has earned the trust of many thousands of long-term, loyal patients over his 27 years of practicing medicine. Patients who could choose any doctor they want entrust their care to Dr. Gardner and value their long-term friendship and professional relationship, including Oscar winners, Gold Medal Olympians, Hall of Fame recording artists, and fortune 500 CEOs and CFOs.
Dr. Gardner recognizes that a big complaint that many patients have with the health care system is the ability to see their doctor or get advice over the telephone in a timely manner to alleviate their worry and suffering. For this reason, his staff leaves several appointment spaces blank each day for emergency work-in patients that call the same day to be seen urgently. He also routinely comes in early or stays late to accommodate acute conditions, saving many people from unnecessary emergency room visit expenses. He answers all telephone call requests by the end of the day before he goes home, and his patients have his direct cell phone number to call without having to navigate a difficult system to get a hold of their doctor. Non-urgent appointments can usually be accommodated within a few days. As he carefully integrates electronic medical records into his practice, Dr. Gardner plans to offer more web-based services for making appointments, reviewing lab work, and communicating concerns.
James C. Gardner, MD
Interview on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Treatments
Dr. Gardner began performing cosmetic surgical procedures over 25 years ago through the UCLA Department of Dermatology. As they became FDA approved, he gradually expanded the number of cosmetic services offered by his practice. He first added BOTOX®, followed by dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, laser leg vein and hair removal, and , finally, body, face and neck sculpting with SMARTLIPO™. This procedure, also known as laser lipolysis, is the first liposuction technique to dramatically tighten the skin through tiny incisions (the size of the opening of a ball point pen) under a local “awake” tumescent anesthesia. This allows us to perform tummy tucks, male breast reduction, and lower face/neck lifts without scars or significant downtime. Dr. Gardner believes in a natural, minimalist approach to cosmetic procedures that makes you look great for your age. He is a certified cosmetic surgeon who has trained under some of the top specialists in the country. Dr. Gardner also teaches laser safety and technique to other physicians as a consultant. He serves as a clinical instructor for UCSF and Stanford University Schools of Medicine.