R. Parker Ward, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

R. Parker Ward, MD

Professor of Medicine Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
Director, Nuclear Cardiology

[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Parker Ward. I'm a cardiologist and cardiovascular imaging specialist, and in my clinical practice I see patients within all areas of general cardiology. I'm particularly focused on using noninvasive testing for the diagnosis and prevention of cardiovascular disease and helping patients interpret the results of noninvasive testing, to come up with the best lifestyle and treatment plan for their long term cardiovascular health.

My approach to caring for patients is to try to consider and exhaust all noninvasive options for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. But yet, also to never avoid or delay invasive testing if that really will lead to the best long-term outcome for my patients.

If there's one thing I've learned more than any other in 20 years of practicing cardiology, it's that my relationship with my patients is a partnership. I can prescribe a medication. I can suggest a test or procedure. But only if that's a joint decision, one that my patients understand, that considers their preferences and concerns. Only then will it be the best long-term option for their care.


R. Parker Ward, MD, is a skilled cardiologist with special expertise in noninvasive imaging techniques, including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Ward's clinical interests include heart valve disease, cardiac stress testing, and preventive cardiology. His research interests focus on the application of novel noninvasive imaging techniques for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ward has been consistently recognized for his clinical, teaching, and research expertise.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • American College of Cardiology

Practicing Since

  • 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania


  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


  • University of Chicago Medicine

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  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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