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Meet the PAS Governor, Lawrence D. Ward, MD, MPH, FACP

Meet the PAS Governor

The Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter Governor, Lawrence D. Ward, MD, MPH, FACP, began his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2018. As Governor, Dr. Ward serves as the official representative of the College for the Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level.  To learn more about Dr. Ward, please read his bio below.

Lawrence D. Ward, MD, MPH, FACP

Education: Undergraduate: Emory University; Masters: George Washington University; Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University

Post Doctoral Training: Internship, Residency and GIM Fellowship 1999-2003: University of Pennsylvania

Certification: ABIM, 2002; Recertification, 2012; American Society of Hypertension, 2009

Present Position: Vice Chair for Clinical Practice and Quality, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Involved since medical school in 1998. Attended annual chap. regional meetings since 2005; Associate poster & abstract competition judge on many occasions since 2007 and developed the first the poster competition; Regional Meeting Vignette Comm. Chair 2009; Regional meeting. Chair 2010; Chapter Council of Young Physicians, Founder, Chair and member 2007-2013 (Evergreen Award winning program in 2009), Chapter Council 2016.

ACP National Activities: Attended many Internal Medicine national meetings. and Leadership Days since 2000; National meeting poster reviewer and judge; Fellowship obtained - 2006; Faculty for Internal Medicine national meeting - 2009; Liaison Comm. on Recertification, Representative 2009; Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program Certificate Recipient - Inaugural class 2009; Education Comm. 2001-2003 and 2008-2010; Publications Comm. 2007-2008; Annual Meeting Workgroup 2008-2010; Member/Chair of Council of Young Physicians 2007-2012; BOG (ex officio) 2010 - 2011; BOR (ex officio) 2011 - 2012; Reviewer for Annals of IM 2013-present; Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians 2013.

Other Appointments/Activities: Involved with SGIM on a regional and national level including Mid-Atlantic Regional President 2009-2010; ABIM Certification Exam Writing Comm. 2006 – 2009 and Internal Medicine Self-Assessment Product Comm., Member and Chair 2012-present; Associate Residency Program Director, Temple University 2006-2012; AAIM Exec. Leadership Program 2014; Co-Director, Jefferson Hypertension Program (ASH certified) 2015-present; Associate Medical Director, Delaware Valley ACO 2015-present; Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education – Sidney Kimmel Medical College 2016.

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: I greatly enjoy my time seeing patients in the office, which I continue to do half-time as a primary care physician. I have a special clinical interest in the management of resistant hypertension. I continue to mentor and educate medical students, residents, and early career physicians. My administrative interests focus on optimizing practice workflows to succeed in a value based reimbursement world, as well as quality improvement and patient safety in the ambulatory environment for both primary care physicians and subspecialists.