Research Overview

Dr. Ward's primary research is focused on pediatric health services and child health outcomes, as it applies to novel diagnostic imaging examinations, low radiation dose imaging in children, and patient satisfaction and health care disparities.

About Valerie Ward

Valerie Ward earned her A. B. in chemistry from Harvard University, and her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her Residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and subsequently a Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.

She has received the Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award and the Society for Pediatric Radiology John A. Kirkpatrick Young Investigator Award, as well as the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program Bridge Award.

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Pediatric Body Imaging
  • Health Care Services

Research Departments

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Lee LK, Mulvaney-Day N, Berger AM, Bhaumik U, Nguyen HT, Ward VL. The Patient Passport Program: An Intervention to Improve Patient-Provider Communication for Hospitalized Minority Children and Their Families. Acad Pediatr. 2016 07; 16(5):460-467. View abstract
  2. Samuels RC, Ward VL, Melvin P, Macht-Greenberg M, Wenren LM, Yi J, Massey G, Cox JE. Missed Appointments: Factors Contributing to High No-Show Rates in an Urban Pediatrics Primary Care Clinic. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Sep; 54(10):976-82. View abstract
  3. Youngster M, Ward VL, Blood EA, Barnewolt CE, Emans SJ, Divasta AD. Utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. Fertil Steril. 2014 Nov; 102(5):1432-8. View abstract
  4. Ward VL, Strauss KJ, Barnewolt CE, Zurakowski D, Venkatakrishnan V, Fahey FH, Lebowitz RL, Taylor GA. Pediatric radiation exposure and effective dose reduction during voiding cystourethrography. Radiology. 2008 Dec; 249(3):1002-9. View abstract
  5. Passerotti CC, Barnewolt C, Xuewu J, Passerotti AM, Ward V, Dunning P, Retik AB, Nguyen HT. In utero treatment for bladder outlet obstruction using robot assisted laparoscopic techniques. J Urol. 2008 Oct; 180(4 Suppl):1790-4; discussion 1794. View abstract
  6. Kunisaki SM, Barnewolt CE, Estroff JA, Ward VL, Nemes LP, Fauza DO, Jennings RW. Large fetal congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations: growth trends and patient survival. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Feb; 42(2):404-10. View abstract
  7. Ward VL. Patient dose reduction during voiding cystourethrography. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Sep; 36 Suppl 2:168-72. View abstract
  8. Ward VL, Nishino M, Hatabu H, Estroff JA, Barnewolt CE, Feldman HA, Levine D. Fetal lung volume measurements: determination with MR imaging--effect of various factors. Radiology. 2006 Jul; 240(1):187-93. View abstract
  9. Ward VL, Barnewolt CE, Strauss KJ, Lebowitz RL, Venkatakrishnan V, Stehr M, McLellan DL, Peters CA, Zurakowski D, Dunning PS, Taylor GA. Radiation exposure reduction during voiding cystourethrography in a pediatric porcine model of vesicoureteral reflux. Radiology. 2006 Jan; 238(1):96-106. View abstract
  10. Ward VL, Estroff JA, Nguyen HT, Lakshmanan Y, Hayward A, Jaramillo D, Zurakowski D, Dunning PS, Peters CA, Barnewolt CE. Fetal sheep development on ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging: a standard for the in utero assessment of models of congenital abnormalities. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2006; 21(5):444-57. View abstract
  11. Sarwar ZU, Ward VL, Mooney DP, Testa S, Taylor GA. Congenital adrenocortical adenoma: case report and review of literature. Pediatr Radiol. 2004 Dec; 34(12):991-4. View abstract
  12. Frates MC, Kumar AJ, Benson CB, Ward VL, Tempany CM. Fetal anomalies: comparison of MR imaging and US for diagnosis. Radiology. 2004 Aug; 232(2):398-404. View abstract
  13. Ward VL. MR imaging in the prenatal diagnosis of fetal chest masses: effects on diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision making, parental understanding, and prediction of neonatal respiratory health outcomes. Acad Radiol. 2002 Sep; 9(9):1064-9. View abstract
  14. Tempany CMC, Frates MC, Kumar A, Ward VL, Benson CB, Nadel AS, Doubilet PM, Barnewolt CE, Jaramillo D. MR evaluation for fetal anomalies of the central nervous and genitourinary system. Presented at the 85th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting for the Radiological Soceity of North American, Chicago, IL. 1999. View abstract
  15. Denison CM, Ward VL, Lester SC, DiPiro PJ, Smith DN, Meyer JE, Frenna TH. Epidermal inclusion cysts of the breast: three lesions with calcifications. Radiology. 1997 Aug; 204(2):493-6. View abstract
  16. Sica GT, Ward VL, Tempany CM, Adams DF, Ellison KE. Right ventricular dysplasia: evaluation of MR imaging criteria. Presented at the Radiological Society of North American, Chicago, IL. 1997. View abstract
  17. Ward VL, Sica GT, Tempany CMC, Adams DF, Ellison KE. Right ventricular sysplasia: evaluation of MR imaging criteria. Presented at the National Medical Association, Honolulu, HI. 1997. View abstract
  18. Ward VL, Downing SE. Oxygen-derived free radicals and the pathogenesis of catecholamine cardiomyopathy. Yale J Biol Med. 1993; 66:136-137. View abstract