Dr. Gardner currently serves as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – February 5, 2024: CURE International, a Christian global nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids, MI, that operates a global network of eight charitable pediatric hospitals around the world, announces that Dr. Rick Gardner has joined its Board of Directors.
Dr. Gardner was introduced to CURE in 2009 when he served as a Surgical Fellow at CURE Malawi. In 2013, he began ten years of service as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at CURE’s hospitals in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Dr. Rick was named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for CURE International in 2020, engaging regularly with the Medical Directors of each of CURE’s hospitals as well as actively participating on the CURE Executive Leadership Team.
“I have been blessed to support CURE’s mission in many different roles over the past two decades and am honored to serve in this new capacity as a member of the Board of Directors,” said Dr. Rick Gardner. “The children CURE serves are some of the most disadvantaged in the world. Every year, CURE transforms the lives of thousands of children and their families through sharing the gospel and providing exceptional surgical care, while training others to do the same.”
In 2023, Dr. Rick moved to Toronto to practice as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children and invest in future doctors as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
“We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Rick to the Board because he offers our organization a wealth of practical medical knowledge, a history of executive experience, and a deep understanding of CURE’s greatest strengths and opportunities,” said Chairman of the Board Jerry Tubergen.
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.