Dr. Hardy is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and has been a practicing neonatologist at Orlando Health since 1987. He is the medical director for quality for the NICU at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer and the clinical director of the Level 3 NICU. He is also one of the physician directors for the Complex Care Unit, an area of the NICU developed to care for complicated, technology-dependent babies.
Dr. Hardy earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of South Florida, including a year as chief resident before finishing his fellowship in neonatology at USF.
Dr. Hardy served as chairman of the Infant Health Subcommittee of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative from its inception in 2010 until April 2019 when he stepped down to pursue other opportunities in quality improvement. He has been the state lead for FPQC projects on central line associated infections and increasing the use of mother’s own milk (MOM). He continues to serve on the Infant Health Subcommittee as well on the FPQC Leadership Committee and Steering Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Hardy is also a Team STEPPS Master Trainer.
Dr. Hardy is interested in all aspects of quality improvement and a collaborative model of care in the NICU. He is also active in improving care for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome. He has been a director for the four Orange County Drug Abuse Summits and served on the Orange County Heroin Task Force formed by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Sherriff Jerry Demings.