Professor Ward is a former senior healthcare executive with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare finance and operations. Prior to joining the faculty, he served at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for more than a decade where he was selected to be the Chief Operating Officer of what was then Baltimore City Hospitals. He was a member of the Hopkins management team which operated the hospital under a contractual agreement with the City of Baltimore. Since leaving Bayview in 1994, Professor Ward has provided a wide variety of consultative services to clients throughout the US and he has worked on projects overseas in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The author of two textbooks and numerous articles, he has lectured widely on a variety of healthcare financial and operational subjects. In addition to the Bloomberg School of Public Health, he is on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. He has taught in the J&J-sponsored Hospital Management Program at Singapore Management University. His other professional affiliations include the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives.