Michael J. Ward, MD

After graduating magna cum laude from St. Joseph's University, Dr. Michael Ward received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Thereafter, he completed an ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University and a prestigious vitreoretinal diseases and surgery fellowship at the Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Ward presently serves as a retinal specialist at our Chester County Eye Care offices where he treats patients with retinal tears and detachments, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular pucker and holes, and ocular trauma. He has extensive experience with advanced diagnostic testing, including fluorescein and ICG angiography, ocular ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography.

In the world of research, Dr. Ward has had several publications on eye trauma and vitreoretinal diseases, which have been presented at both national and international conferences. During his fellowship at Scheie Eye Institute, Dr. Ward participated in the country's first gene therapy trial targeting hereditary retinal disease. He continues to focus on advancing the treatment of retinal disease by participating in clinical trials, sharing his knowledge with fellow ophthalmologists, and educating the local Chester County community.


  • Bachelor's Degree from St. Joseph's University
  • Doctor of Medicine Degree from Jefferson Medical College


  • Internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Ophthalmology Residency at Case Western Reserve University
  • Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Positions & 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 Philadelphia magazine
  • “Top Doctor” in Main Line Today magazine
  • The Carol R. Mullen Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College
  • Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society
  • Thomas D. Duane, MD, PhD Student Research Fellowship

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