Needham Ward, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Pulse Heart Institute, MultiCare Health System

Needham Ward, MD, assisted in the development of the Pulse Heart Institute and has been its Chief Medical Officer since 2015.  Dr. Ward served as a cardiologist at the Cardiac Study Center in Tacoma, Washington from 1981-2015. He was Medical Director there from 1996 to 2004 and President from 2010 until his retirement from clinical practice. Prior to practice at the Cardiac Study Center, Dr. Ward served for nine years in the US Army Medical Corps.

During his extensive career, Dr. Ward:

  • Led the early adoption of electronic medical record technology at Cardiac Study Center, becoming one of the first private practices in the South Puget Sound area to depart from paper charts
  • Initiated the first Cardiac Nuclear Lab for Pierce County outpatients
  • Helped develop (and was the first medical director of) the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic in 1997 and Cardiovascular Service Line in 2010
  • Along with Dr. Eugene Lapin, was one of the first Cardiologists in Washington state to perform coronary angioplasty
  • Developed the first outpatient coronary computerized tomographic angiogram service in Washington state with the help of Dr. Vinay Malhotra.

Dr. Ward is married with five children. He enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, walking and kayaking.

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