Michael Ward, MD

Credentials: Flight Physician, UW Health Med Flight

Michael Ward

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Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin–Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals

Dr. Ward completed both his undergraduate degree and medical school training here at UW. He was one of the first students to be awarded the Darren Bean Emergency Medicine Scholarship. He then moved on to Chicago to complete his residency at the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, he stayed on as faculty at the University of Chicago and returned to Madison in 2017. Dr. Ward is currently a clinical assistant professor and flight physician with UW Med Flight.

Dr. Ward’s research interests focus on the management of septic patients within the emergency department. He published a recent article in Critical Care Medicine showing that early fluid resuscitation improves survival for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock indiscriminate of potentially fluid volume sensitive conditions like heart failure or kidney failure. Another article in Critical Care Medicine shows that antibiotics typically given as a slow infusion may be safely given as a rapid IV push which may help to reach urgent time to treatment goals. Additionally, he published a recent article that is frequently cited in the medical field showing that NEWS and SIRS outperformed qSOFA as screening tools helping to detect sepsis in patients arriving in the emergency department.

Dr. Ward values providing mentorship in his work as a researcher and has been honored to collaborate with over 25 residents, fellows, and medical students on his projects.


• BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine annual award for faculty excellence in scholarship (2020)
• Career Development Award recipient, 27th Annual Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Research Forum (2019)
• University of Chicago Faculty Teacher of the Year (2016)