Michael J. Ward, MD Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachment, Retina Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy

ward-white coatMichael J. Ward, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina surgeon specializing in the full range of vitreoretinal diseases including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachment, ocular trauma and infections, and retina surgery for macular hole and epiretinal membrane. He utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment such as digital fundus imaging, fluorescein and ICG angiography, fundus autofluorescence, ocular ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography.

While at Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Ward was awarded the Thomas D. Duane, MD, PhD Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital where he conducted research and published on eye trauma. During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Ward’s research on sutureless, minimally invasive retinal surgery was presented at national and international meetings. He went on to complete a prestigious 2-year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the esteemed Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where he participated in the first gene therapy trial in the United States for hereditary retinal disease. Dr. Ward continues to be active in various clinical trials which contribute to the future of vitreoretinal care.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University, graduating Magna Cum Laude
  • Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College
  • Internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
  • Residency in Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2-year Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Position and Distinctions

  • Attending Surgeon at the Chester County Hospital
  • Advisory Board, Gene Therapy for Macular Degeneration, F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


  • Top Doctor in Main Line Today magazine
  • Top Doctor in Philadelphia magazine
  • The Carol R. Mullen Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College
  • Thomas D. Duane, MD, PhD Student Research Fellowship
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