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.


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.


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  1. Implicit Bias and Caring for Diverse Populations: Pediatric Trainee Attitudes and Gaps in Training. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2021 09; 60(9-10):408-417. View abstract
  2. One Size Does Not Fit All: Implementation of an Equitable and Inclusive Strategic Response to Address Needs of Pediatric Resident Physicians during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Crisis. J Pediatr. 2021 Feb; 229:8-10. View abstract
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Utility of ultrasound in the diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome in adolescents. Fertil Steril. 2014 Nov; 102(5):1432-8. View abstract
  6. Pediatric radiation exposure and effective dose reduction during voiding cystourethrography. Radiology. 2008 Dec; 249(3):1002-9. View abstract
  7. 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
  8. Large fetal congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations: growth trends and patient survival. J Pediatr Surg. 2007 Feb; 42(2):404-10. View abstract
  9. Patient dose reduction during voiding cystourethrography. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Sep; 36 Suppl 2:168-72. View abstract
  10. Fetal lung volume measurements: determination with MR imaging--effect of various factors. Radiology. 2006 Jul; 240(1):187-93. View abstract
  11. Radiation exposure reduction during voiding cystourethrography in a pediatric porcine model of vesicoureteral reflux. Radiology. 2006 Jan; 238(1):96-106. View abstract
  12. 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
  13. Congenital adrenocortical adenoma: case report and review of literature. Pediatr Radiol. 2004 Dec; 34(12):991-4. View abstract
  14. Fetal anomalies: comparison of MR imaging and US for diagnosis. Radiology. 2004 Aug; 232(2):398-404. View abstract
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Epidermal inclusion cysts of the breast: three lesions with calcifications. Radiology. 1997 Aug; 204(2):493-6. View abstract
  18. Right ventricular dysplasia: evaluation of MR imaging criteria. Presented at the Radiological Society of North American, Chicago, IL. 1997. View abstract
  19. Right ventricular sysplasia: evaluation of MR imaging criteria. Presented at the National Medical Association, Honolulu, HI. 1997. View abstract
  20. Oxygen-derived free radicals and the pathogenesis of catecholamine cardiomyopathy. Yale J Biol Med. 1993; 66:136-137. View abstract