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Christopher G. Ward, MD

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.
Post-Graduate Training
Transitional Year Internship: with elective focuses in Surgery, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Anesthesia, Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-2005.
Resident, Anesthesiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2008.
Fellowship, Pediatric Anesthesiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-2009.
Locum Tenens, Anesthetic MOSS, Northland DHB, Whangerei Hospital, Whangarei, New Zealand, 2009-2010.
American Board of Anesthesiology, 2010.
American Board of Anesthesiology- Pediatric Anesthesiology, 2013.
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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

Hayes S, Ward C. : Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment: Do Parents Want the Topic of Anesthetic Neurotoxicity to be Discussed During Anesthesia Consent? Society of Pediatric Anesthesia Annual Meeting March 2018.

Ward CG: Anesthesia for the Child with an Inhaled Foreign Body. UpToDate February 2018 Notes:

Jacob Dubroff, Robert Doot, Christopher Ward, Kyle Labban, Jenny Cai, Hsiaoju Lee, Erin Schubert, Finbarr O’Sullivan, and Robert Mach: Greater dopamine D3 receptor availability in males than females as determined by [18F] Fluortriopride, a D3 receptor selective radiotracer. Neuro Receptor Mapping 2018 Annual Meeting 2018.

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, 2018.

Childress AR, Doot R, Dubroff J, Ward C, Labban K, Cai J, Labban K, Lee H, Schubert E, Hsieh CJ, Hou C, Xu K, Schubert E, Li S, Schmitz A, Darnley S, O'Brien C, Kampman K, and Mach R: The D3-Selective Dopamine Receptor Tracer [18F]Fluortriopride (FTP) Shows Differential Uptake in Limbic and Striatal Regions of Recently-Abstinent Cocaine Patients: Preliminary Studies. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's 56th Annual Meeting December 2017.

Dubroff J, Doot R, Ward C, Cai J, Labban K, Lee H, Hsieh CJ, Xu K, Schubert E, Li S, Hou C, Sheffer R, Schmitz A, and Mach R: Gender Differences in Dopamine D3 Receptor Availability as Determined by [18F]Fluortriopride, a Dopamine D3 Receptor Selective Radiotracer. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's 56th Annual Meeting December 2017.

Xu Z, Wang Y, Liang G, Liu Z, Ma W, Ward C, Wei H: Atg5 Plays Important Role on Propofol Regulation of Autophagy and Cell Proliferation or Death. International Anesthesia Research Society Conference, Washington, DC November 2017 Notes: Conference Paper.

Yang M, Wang Y, Liang G, Inan S, Xu Z, Ward C, Wei H: General Anesthetics Induced Neurotoxicity by Impairment of Lysosome and Autophagy Function via Intracellular Calcium Dysregulation in Alzheimer’s disease. International Anesthesia Research Society Conference, Washington, DC November 2017 Notes: Conference Paper.

Ward CG: Best practices for our most delicate patients. Journal of Clinical Anesthesia 39: 87-88, 2017 Notes: in press.

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 29(4): 439-447, 2017.

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Last updated: 08/16/2018
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