W. Kenneth Ward, MD

Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University;

Senior Scientist, Legacy Health System



Undergraduate and Graduate

1970-1974    BA (with honors), Chemistry and Biology, Whittier College, Whittier, California.


1974-1978:  MD, (Magna Cum Laude and Gold-headed Cane Award) University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado.

1978-1979:  Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado.

1979-1981:  Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado.

1981-1983:  Research Fellowship: Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Seattle, WA.


Sept. 1981:  American Board of Internal Medicine.

Nov. 1983:  Subspecialty Exam, Endocrinology & Metabolism



3/08-present:  Associate Professor, OHSU

3/06:  Adjunct Associate Professor, OHSU, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition.

10/86-4/98:  Clinical Endocrinologist and Director of Research, Portland Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Portland, OR.

1985-1986:  Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington.

1981-1984:  Research Fellow, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Washington, and VA Medical Center, Seattle, WA.


3/06-present:  Associate Director, Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center, OHSU

3/06-present:  Director, OHSU/Legacy Joint Artificial Endocrine Pancreas Project

Dr. Ward was the Chief Scientific Officer for iSense Corporation from 1998-2008. During this period of time, he helped to develop and test a 7-day implantable wire-based glucose sensor. In 2008, iSense was sold to Bayer DiabetesCare.


Area(s) of Research/Scholarly Interest:

Biosensors, biomaterials, bioengineering, continuous solid phase bioassays with emphasis on continuous electrochemical glucose sensing methods. Algorithms for automated control of insulin and glucagon delivery. Protein amyloid chemistry, chemical stabilization of glucagon.

Invited Lectures, Conference Presentations or Professorships:

International and National

-ADA: Multiple presentations since 1980’s at the annual American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions on the topic of insulin secretion and implanted biosensors. (see abstract list)

-DTS:   Multiple presentations since 2002 at the annual fall and spring meetings of the Diabetes Technology Society.