Donna Carden, MD

Dr. Donna CadenDirector of Faculty Development and Professor


Dr. Donna Carden is Professor and Director of Faculty Development for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Carden graduated from Medical College of Ohio after which she completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and served as chief resident in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Carden later completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), in Shreveport, Louisiana. A productive research career was followed by the opportunity to assist in developing the Department of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine residency at LSUHSC, Shreveport, as well as serving as Vice-Chairman of the department. During her tenure at LSUHSC, Dr. Carden had the opportunity to mentor numerous students, residents, fellows and junior faculty and brings experience and enthusiasm in mentoring to the University of Florida. She has authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters but is most proud of being the recipient of the Leonard Tow 2006 Humanism in Medicine Award.

Dr. Carden has two young adult daughters, one a junior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and one who will enter college in the fall after an internship with the World Health Organization.

Dr. Donna L. Carden’s Research

Health Literacy and Emergency Department Use

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy is particularly relevant to emergency medicine since a patient’s health literacy is likely to affect many aspects of the emergency department (ED) encounter. Despite its relevance, little is known about the effect of patient health literacy on ED related outcomes. In order to fill this gap in scientific knowledge, we are exploring the effects of health literacy on ED related outcomes from the perspective of the ED population.