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Christopher G. Ward, MD

Attending Anesthesiologist

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Abstract: Christopher Ward, M.D., Elizabeth Hughes, B.S., Bernadin Joseph, B.S., Rylon Hofacer, B.S., Yung Suk Choe, M.D., Steve Danzer, Ph.D., Andreas Loepke, M.D., Ph.D, FAAP: Vulnerability to Anesthetic-Induced Neuroapoptosis is Determined by the Maturational Age of the Cell and not the Age of the Animal. YIA-1 (1st Place Oral presentation during Awards Presentation at the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology, Tampa, 2012).


Teacher of the Year Award, Golden Apple 2011-2012, June 2012. Awarded by Residents in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

1st Place Young Investigator Award, February 2012. Oral Presentation at the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Annual Winter Meeting.

1st Place for Original Research, May 2008. Oral presentation at the Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference.

Resident of the Year, 2006-2007, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Outstanding Transitional Year Award, 2004-2005. Western Pennsylvania Hospital and Temple University School of Medicine Medical Residency award given to one of fourteen transitional year residents.

The William T. and Madeline Lemmon Memorial Prize in Anesthesiology, 2004. Jefferson Medical College Class Day award for clinical work or writing in the field of anesthesiology.

Western Pennsylvania Golf Association C.K. Robinson Medical Scholarship, 2000-2004. Yearly award based on academic qualifications, extra-curricular and community activities.


American Society of Anesthesiologists, 2005-present
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2008-present
Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, 2010-present
CCHMC Disaster Drill Periop Work Group, March 2010-June 2012
CCHMC Trauma PI Committee, January 2011-June 2012
CCHMC Blood Bank Committee, January 2011-June 2012
Director of Neuroanesthesia, February 2012-June 2012
HUP-PACU Executive Committee, June 2006-June 2008

Original Papers


George Isstaphanous M.D., Christopher Ward M.D., Elizabeth Hughes B.S., John McCann B.S., John McAuliffe, M.D., Steve Danzer PhD., Andreas Loepke, M.D., PhD.: Characterization and Quantification of Isoflurane-Induced Developmental Apoptotic Cell Death In Mouse Cerebral Cortex. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2013; 116(4):845-54.


Ward CG, Loepke AW. Anesthetics and sedatives: Toxic or protective for the developing brain? Pharmacol Res. 2012; 65(3):271-4.


Christopher Ward, M.D., Huafeng Wei, M.D.: Multiples of Minimal Alveolar Concentrations of Volatile Agents are Not Necessarily Equipotent [Letter to the Editor] Anesthesiology 2011; 114(1) 221-22.

Posters and Presentations

Invited lectures


“Anesthesia Induced Neuroapoptosis and the Developing Brain.” Visiting Professor Grand Rounds, Fuwai Hospital, Beijing, China, September 24th, 2013.

“Anesthesia and the Developing Brain.” Visiting Professor Lecture, The Second Affliated Hospital and Yuying Children Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China, September 23rd, 2013

“The Effect of Neuronal Maturation on Anesthesia Induced Neuroapoptosis.” Chinese Society of Anesthesiology. Tianjin, China. September 21st, 2013

“Does Anesthesia Make Kids Dumber?” Visiting Professor Behavioral Neuroscience Lecture, University of Delaware, September 16th, 2013


“Anesthesia for Airway.” First Annual Midwest Airway Course, Hosted by the ENT Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, May 18th-19th, 2012.


“Anesthetic Mediated Effects on the Developing Brain.” Visiting Professor Grand Rounds, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, April 7th, 2011.

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