Doctor Steven Gardner recounts in his memoir how one boy’s life, a unique summer camp and a zany collection of people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities can change how we look at our world.
Doctor Steven Gardner is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and past Medical Director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics. He is a prominent photographer whose images focus on the resilience of people facing adversity and the compassion of caregivers. His work has been exhibited in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, where he is a volunteer physician at Camp Jabberwocky, the location and inspiration for many of the stories in this book.
Doctor Gardner is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Disaster Response Team and served in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake with Project Hope and the American Refugee Committee. In 2013 he served as Chief Medical Officer of Project Hope’s Team Bravo in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
A past winner of the Harvard Medical School Humanism in Medicine Award, Gardner has been described by Doctor Carl Cooley of Dartmouth Medical School as “a doctor and an artist who sees with his heart.”