Dr Ted Ward
Intensivist, Hawke's Bay Hospital, Hastings, NZ
Dr Ted Ward has been working in anaesthesia and intensive care in New Zealand for over 45 years. After graduating from Otago University in the ‘Class of ’63, he spent three years in The Fallen Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Hastings before moving to Auckland for specialist training in anaesthesia, achieving fellowship in 1970. Taking up a Nuffield Dominion Scholarship in 1971, Dr Ward spent the next few years working in Europe. In 1973 he took up a post as Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, San Antonio Texas.
Returning to New Zealand, he took up the role of director of anaesthesia and intensive care in Hawke's Bay in 1974, and continued with that role until 1997. He was a founder member of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and was chairman of the New Zealand Regional Committee from 1978 to 1982 and was Medical Director of the local St John Ambulance until 1995. Over this time, he also served as a final examiner for the Faculty of Anaesthesia from 1983 – 1996. In 2020 Dr Ward was honoured with a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit — for services to intensive care.