Hardt, who graduated from the university’s Stritch School of Medicine in 1977, is a professor of pathology and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She also leads the Health Disparities and Service Learning programs.
Since joining the faculty in 1983, Hardt has served in a number of roles for the college, including senior associate dean for external affairs and associate dean for clinical affairs and managed care.
As the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2006 to 2007, she advised Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman on health legislature.
Hardt also collaborated with community leaders to address the county’s health equity issues, creating a health report for Alachua County and directing the UF College of Medicine Mobile Outreach Clinic to provide care to the underserved. Since the clinic opened in 2010, faculty, student and community volunteers have provided more than 12,000 free patient visits.
In addition, she co-founded UF’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic, established in partnership with the Levin College of Law to give medical and law students hands-on experience while helping victims of domestic violence.
The Damen Award, named for Loyola University Chicago’s primary founder, Arnold Damen, S.J., is awarded to an alumnus or alumna from each of the university’s schools and colleges to recognize service to others and leadership in the industry and community.