Christopher G. Ward, MD

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Christopher G. Ward, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Advanced airway modalities for difficult pediatric airways, Anesthesia for pediatric neurosurgery, Examining anesthesia induced neuroapoptosis in the developing brain using rodent models
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA


Transitional Year Internship - Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA


Anesthesiology - University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatric Anesthesiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Anesthesiology – American Board of Anesthesiology

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Anesthesiologist

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

Departments and Services




Ward, CG, Hogan, KJ, Eckenhoff RG: Post-operative cognitive risk exists at all ages. JAMA 2015.


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


Christopher Ward, MD, Timothy DeYoung, BS, Maryellen Eckenhoff, PhD, Roderic Eckenhoff, MD PhD, Gordon Barr, PhD: Primarily Neocortical but Not Hippocampal Dentate Gyrus Anesthetic-Induced Apoptosis in Mice Leads to a Deficit in Context Pre-exposure Facilitation Effect. Society of Pediatric Anesthesia/AAP Winter Meeting 2015.


Christopher Ward, M.D., Belinda Nhundu, B.S., Gordon Barr, Ph.D.: Hippocampal Dentate Gyrus Anesthetic-Induced Apoptosis Does Not Effect Context Pre-exposure Facilitation Effect in Mice. SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Conference 2014 Notes: Presented at Moderated Poster Discussion, Neuro Group 


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).

Invited lectures


"Surgical Airway- Difficult Pediatric Airway" Society for Pediatric Anesthesia/AAP, Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2015.

"Primarily Neocortical but Not Hippocampal Dentate Gyrus Anesthetic-Induced Apoptosis in Mice Leads to a Deficit in Context Pre-exposure Facilitation Effect" Society for Pediatric Anesthesia/AAP Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, March 2015.

"Anesthetic Induced Neuroapoptosis - Age and Strain Based Mouse Differences" Invited Guest Lecturer- Johns Hopkins Anesthesia Research Conference, Baltimore, MD, February 2015.


"Difficult Pediatric Airway," Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Winter Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 2014.


“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 Affiliated 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.

Awards and Honors

2014, Department Teaching Award- Perfect Teaching Score- 5.0/5.0 on annual Oasis Fellow/Resident evaluations
2012, Teacher of the Year Award, Golden Apple-2011-2012, Department of Anesthesia Residents, University of Cincinnati HospitalTeacher of the Year Award, Golden Apple-2011-2012, Department of Anesthesia Residents, University of Cincinnati Hospital

2012, 1st Place Young Investigator Award, Oral Presentation, SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Annual Meeting
2010-2011, Top PWCARES Score, Performance evaluation done by the Department of Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
2008, 1st Place for Original Research, Oral presentation at the Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference
2006-2007, Resident of the Year, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
2004, The William T. and Madeline Lemmon Memorial Prize in Anesthesiology, Jefferson Medical College Class Day
2004-2005, Outstanding Transitional Year Award, Western Pennsylvania Hospital and Temple University School of Medicine
2000-2004, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association C.K. Robinson Medical Scholarship
1999-2000, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
1999-2000, Ruth Marcus Kanter/College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant
1999, Paul R. Pigman Prize 

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2015-present, Expert Panelist-Neurotoxicity of Anesthesia/Sedation Agents, Office of Patient Safety and Quality

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations


2015-present, Society for Neuroscience
2014-present, International Anesthesia Research Society


2008-present, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
2005-present, American Society of Anesthesiologists