Parker Ward
Section of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program; Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


BA1989Middlebury CollegeBiology and Psychology
MD1994University of Pennsylvania 
Residency1997University of PennsylvaniaInternal Medicine
Residency1998University of PennsylvaniaChief Resident
Fellowship2001The University of ChicagoCardiology

Academic Interests

Dr. Ward’s academic interests involve the application of non-invasive imaging techniques for the detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has advanced expertise in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr Ward’s research focuses on finding new ways to use noninvasive imaging for the early detection of cardiovascular disease. He lectures extensively on issues in preventive cardiology and the assessment of cardiovascular disease risk.Dr. Ward’s research interests have resulted in over 60 peer reviewed publications in variety of areas within cardiac imaging, primarily involving the use of non-invasive imaging/testing for early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Most recently, his research has focused on appropriate selection and utilization of cardiac imaging and its impact on the delivery of the highest quality of cardiovascular healthcare.

Clinical Interests

Noninvasive imaging techniques, including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology; heart valve disease, and preventive cardiology, with special expertise in novel strategies/imaging for the early detection and prevention of heart disease in patients with cardiovascular risk factors or a family history of cardiovascular disease. Dr Ward is also an expert is all aspects of cardiac stress testing, and routinely consults with patients regarding the possible need for and optimal type of stress testin

Representative Publications

  1. Douglas P, Garcia M, Haines D, Lai W, Manning W, Patel A, Picard M, Polk D, Ragosta M, Ward RP, Weiner RB. ACCF/ASE/ACCP/AHA/ASNC/HFSA/HRS/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR 2010 Appropriate Use Criteria for Echocardiography. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Mar 1;57(9):1126-66.
  2. Bhave NM, Mansour IN, Veronesi V, Lang RM, Ward RP. Use of a Web-Based Tool for Application of the ACCF/ASE Appropriateness Criteria for Transthoracic Echocardiography: A Pilot Study. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2011 Mar;24(3):271-6.
  3. Rich JD, Chen S, Ward RP. Comparison of High Risk Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Findings in Men with Rapid vs Prolonged Recovery Of ST-Segment Depression After Exercise Stress Testing. Am J Cardiol. 2010;105 (10):1361-4.
  4. Ward RP, Krauss D, Mansour IN, Lemieux N, Gera N, Lang RM. Comparison of the Clinical Application of the ACCF/ASE Appropriateness Criteria for Outpatient Transthoracic Echocardiography in Academic and Community Practice Settings. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. September, 2009;22(12):1375-81.
  5. Ward RP, Lammertin G, Virnich D, Polonsky T, Lang RM. Use of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness to Identify Ischemic Stroke and TIA Patients with Low Yield of Cardiovascular Sources of Embolus on Transesophageal Echocardiography. Stroke 2008;39:2969-2974

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