President, Washington State Medical Oncology Society; American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Committee Member; Medicare Contractor Advisory Committe Member for Oncology
As a student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr Ward did a student rotation at, what was then, Stevens Hospital. That experience established a foundation for understanding the value of community based medicine, and his career has been focused on advancing state-of-the-art cancer care in a compassionate and accessible setting. It drives the personal care he gives his patients and a dedication to his profession.
It is this focus that has led him through 19 years of service as Medical Director of Providence Hospice of Snohomish County and an eight year term as Chairman of the Stevens Hospital (now Swedish Edmonds) Cancer Control Committee, firmly believing that great oncology care requires a team approach across a continuum of care settings. In addition, Dr. Ward has a natural talent for making complicated oncology topics easy to understand, and takes them from the bedside to a local newspaper column.
It's in his daily interactions with patients that Dr. Ward maintains his zeal and focus. In his first newspaper column a decade ago, Dr Ward, while acknowledging the excitement and intrigue in the science of cancer, wrote;
"...it is the patients themselves who teach me the most important lessons. My patients remind me day after day that there is more than one way to beat cancer. The human spirit is more resilient than the human body and the ability of individuals to rise above the adversity of the moment never fails to impress me that it is not how long we live, but how we live that determines our legacy."
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency: University of Minnesota