Special Feature

John D. Ward, M.D. Receives Roy M. Hoover Award
CNI Board Chair Honored by Virginia Rehabilitation Association

Dr. John Ward accepts an award.The Virginia Rehabilitation Association (VRA) presented the Roy M. Hoover Award to John D. Ward, M.D., CNI Advisory Board Chair, at its annual meeting on September 30, 2003 in Virginia Beach. The award honors a physician practicing in Virginia who provides “outstanding medical rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities” and whose “contributions are substantial.”

Eleanor Williams, who provides fiscal support to the CNI Trust Fund, is also a VRA member and past president of that organization. Ms. Williams submitted Dr. Ward's name to be considered for the Virginia Rehabilitation Association’s Roy M. Hoover Award. She is shown here presenting the award to Dr. Ward, on behalf of VRA, at the CNI Advisory Board meeting on October 15, 2003 (Dr. Ward was unable to attend the VRA awards luncheon in Virginia Beach).

Dr. Ward was recognized for his work as a Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond where he works with children who have brain or spinal cord conditions or injuries requiring surgical intervention. Dr. Ward is also an avid volunteer and with the help of the International Hospital for Children (http://www.healachild.org/caseallenandallen.asp), he and a team of physicians and other healthcare providers offer free medical care to people in third world countries. Nine years ago Dr. Ward traveled to Guatemala and provided medical care to children who did not have access to this care in their own country. During that trip, he and his team worked on 30-50 cases a day for eight days! In the nine years since that first trip, Dr. Ward has traveled annually to Guatemala where he offers free medical care to children in need.

Recently, Dr. Ward and others broadened their mission to include bringing Guatemalan children in greatest need of extensive medical care to Virginia Commonwealth University Health System where they are able to receive, at no cost, necessary medical services.

Dr. Ward currently serves as the Chair of the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Advisory Board, a position he has held since 2000.

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