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W. Timothy Ward, MD

Job Title Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Job Title Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Job Title Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5530 Phone
412-692-6088 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1977 University of Pittsburgh


1983 Duke University Medical Center


1984 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery
1995 University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland
1998 Case Western Reserve University



  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • Interntional Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
  • American Medical Association
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • 2009-Chairman’s Award, Piedmont Orthopaedic Society 57th Annual Meeting. “The Best We Know of the Outcome of AISS 5-20 Years After Surgical Fusion”
  • 1995-Award Winner (Audio Visual) Video:  Ward, W T, Grudziak, J S, Moreland, M S. “Dega’s Approach to Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip” 62nd Annual Meeting, Orlando Florida.
  • 1985, 1988-Golden Apple, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1982-Outstanding Resident Paper Award, North Carolina/South Carolina Orthopaedic Association “Combined Pelvic and Femoral Osteotomies in Treatment of Uncovered Femoral Head”
  • 1980-Outstanding Resident Paper Award,  North Carolina/South Carolina Orthopaedic Association “External Fixation in Management of Severe Musculoskeletal Trauma”
  • 1973-Cum Laude, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania


  • Gjolaj, J.P, Ward, W.T. “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis” in:  Musculoskeletal Examination of the Spine – Making the Complex Simple, Slack Incorporated, Edited by Jeffrey Rihn, MD, Eric B. Harris, MD, 2011.
  • McCarthy, JJ, Armstrong, DG, Davey, JP, Epps, HR, Gerardi, JA, Kanel, JS, Mehlman, CT, Roach, J W, Schwend, RM, Smith BG, Ward, WT:  “The Current Medical Practice of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in North America”, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 31(3):223-226, April/May 2011.
  • Westrick ER, Ward WT:  “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis 5-year to 20-year Evidence-Based Surgical Results” Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics  31(1Suppl) S61-8, Jan-Feb, 2011.
  • Tuason, D., Hohl, J., Levicoff, E., Ward, W.T.:  Urban Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgical Practice Audit: Implications for the Future of This Specialty.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 91A(12):2992-2998, December, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Outcomes Research
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Congenital Hip Disease

Biography Summary

Tim Ward, MD, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, attending Catholic grade and high school in the Knoxville section of Pittsburgh. He spent 2 years in college at Penn State University followed by medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He considers J. Leonard Goldner, MD, former chief of orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, to be his most important professional mentor and role model. Dr. Ward has recently completed a fellowship in adult spinal surgery and has primarily restricted his current clinical practice to pediatric and adult spinal surgery, although he continues to consult and treat selected pediatric hip and foot disorders.

Dr. Ward has been married since 1979 to Bobette Ward, MD, herself a physician specializing in geriatric medicine. Tim and Bobette live in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and are the parents of six children. Dr. Tim Ward spends his non- working hours attending various sporting activities that his children are involved in and maintaining an interest in personal fitness and political science.

Clinical Specialties

  • Pediatric Scoliosis and related spinal disorders

Active Research Projects / Grants

Research Support
William F. and Lynn D.Gauss Foundation Grant  Research
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Outcomes Research
Period: 3 year Commitment (beginning 2009)
Amount: $60,000 over 3 years ($20,000 per year)
Last Update
January 28, 2014
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Last Update
January 28, 2014