Faculty Profile

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

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


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  • BA, 1989, Middlebury College, Biology and Psychology
  • MD, 1994, University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency, 1997, University of Pennsylvania, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1998, University of Pennsylvania, Chief Resident
  • Fellowship, 2001, The University of Chicago, Cardiology