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Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. in Physiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1985 and his degree in medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 1989. Dr. Ward then completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh followed by a Resuscitation Research fellowship at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2012, Dr. Ward was Professor and Associate Chair of Emergency Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) were he also directed the VCU Reanimation Engineering Science Center (VCURES).
Dr. Ward’s research interests span the field of critical illness and injury including battlefield medicine in regards to oxygen transport and resuscitation, noninvasive monitoring, hemostasis and inflammation, and in using computational medicine and systems biology to both model and detect injury. His approach is to develop and leverage broad platform technologies capable of use throughout all echelons of care of the critically ill and injured as well as in all age groups. Dr. Ward’s work has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, and NSF. He has been continuously funded by the Department of Defense for over 10 years in areas ranging from hemostasis to resuscitation and monitoring.
He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Army’s remote triage program and was medical director of a special training program, which has been responsible for providing clinical training to over 1000 Special Operation Combat Medics. For this work, Dr. Ward was awarded a Certificate for Patriotic Civilian Service by the Department of the Army and the Joint Special Operations Training Center.
Dr. Ward serves on the editorial board of the journals Resuscitation and Shock and reviews for over 10 journals in the field of critical care, trauma, and emergency medicine. He serves on the executive committee for the Trauma Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) network. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Ward has served on the graduate committees for over 20 graduate students advising them in thesis research areas specific to critical illness and injury and has mentored an undergraduate student awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in engineering as well as several graduate students who have received the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium’s Young Investigator Award.
He is the recipient of many awards including the Peter Safar Award in Graduate Research from the University of Pittsburgh, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Young Investigator Award and the U.S Army’s Advanced Technologies Applications in Combat Casualty Care Award. The latter of these awards was for work and discoveries in the area of battlefield hemostasis. He has received numerous teaching awards as well as best science presentation awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Ward is also prolific inventor and was awarded the 2010 VCU Billie Martin Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of his work in the field of technology transfer including the development of noninvasive monitors, hemostatic methods, and computational technologies for use in critical illness and injury. In 2013 he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Alumni Hall of Distinction.
Dr. Ward is also an active member of his community, where he and his wife support a number of organizations including the Boy Scouts of America.