Christopher G. Ward, MD

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-0581
BA (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
MD (Biology)
Jefferson Medical College, 2004.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Ward's clinical areas of expertise are in pediatric neuroanesthesia, advanced airway modalities for difficult pediatric airways, and the anesthesia care of patients with epidermolysis bullosa.

Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Ward investigates anesthetic induced neurotoxicity in the developing brain using rodent models. His lab examines both histopathological changes in the brain as well as learning and behavior outcomes associated with anesthetic drug exposure in neonatal and juvenille rodents. He also is involved in 2 clinical trials examining the effects of anesthesia on NIRS output and the TREX study evaluating dexmedetomidine and remifentanyl combined with caudal analgesia for urologic procedures.

Selected Publications

Olbrecht VA, Skowno J, Marchesini V, Ding L, Jiang Y, Ward CG, Yu G, Liu H, Schurink B, Vutskits L, de Graaff JC, McGowan FX Jr, von Ungern-Sternberg BS, Kurth CD, Davidson A.: An International, Multicenter, Observational Study of Cerebral Oxygenation during Infant and Neonatal Anesthesia. Anesthesiology 128(1): 85-96, Jan 2018.

DeYoung TP, Li JC, Tang X, Ward CG, Dworkin BR, Eckenhoff MF, Kofke WA.: Absence of Neuropathology With Prolonged Isoflurane Sedation in Healthy Adult Rats. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol 29(4): 439-447, Oct 2017.

Christopher Ward: Best practices for our most delicate patients. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia June 2017 Notes: in press.

Zhendong Xu, MD, PhD, Yong Wang, MD, PhD, Ge Liang, MD, Zhiqiang Liu, MD, PhD, Wuhua Ma, MD, PhD, Christopher Ward, MD, Huafeng Wei, MD, PhD: Atg5 Plays Important Role on Propofol Regulation of Autophagy and Cell Proliferation or Death. 2017 International Anesthesia Research Society Conference May 2017.

Meirong Yang, Yan Wang, Ge Liang, Saadet Inan, Zhengdong Xu, Christopher Ward, Huafeng Wei: General Anesthetics Induced Neurotoxicity by Impairment of Lysosome and Autophagy Function via Intracellular Calcium Dysregulation in Alzheimer’s disease. 2017 International Anesthesia Research Society Conference May 2017.

DeYoung TP, Li JC, Tang X, Ward CG, Dworkin BR, Eckenhoff MF, Kofke WA. : Absence of Neuropathology With Prolonged Isoflurane Sedation in Healthy Adult Rats. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology 2017.

Ko RR, Pinayavat T, Stylianos S, Lambert SM, Anderson RC, Gallin PF, Maxwell LG, Ward CG, Deshpande JK, Houck CS.: Optimal Timing of Surgical Procedures in Pediatric Patients. Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesia October 2016.

Jacob Dubroff, Robert Doot, Chris Ward, Jenny Cai, Hsiaoju Lee, Erin Schubert, Shihong Li, Catherine Hou, Regan Sheffer, Alex Schmitz and Robert Mach : First-in-Human Dynamic PET Brain Imaging of [18F] Fluortriopride, a Dopamine D3 Receptor Selective Radiotracer. 11th International Symposium on Functional NeuroReceptor Mapping of the Living Brain July 2016.

Ward CG, Eckenhoff RG: Neurocognitive adverse effects of anesthesia in adults and children: Gaps in knowledge. Drug Safety 2016 Notes: In Press.

Justin J. Skowno, FANZCA, Vanessa A. Olbrecht, MD, Vanessa Marchesini, MD, Christopher Ward, MD, Yifei Jiang, MD, Gaofeng Yu, MD, Huacheng Liu, MD, Britta S. von Ungern-Sternberg, MD, PhD, Charles D. Kurth, MD, Andrew J. Davidson, FANZCA: Cerebral oxygenation during Infant and Neonatal anesthesia - A Multinational, Prospective, Observational Study. Anesthesiology 2016.

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Last updated: 05/04/2018
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