Physician Video Profile: Robert Ward, DO (Neurology)

Physician Video Profile: Robert Ward, DO (Neurology)


Hi I’m Rob Ward I’m a neurologist at
Marian Regional associates in Neurology I’ve been here since 1991 and I’m affiliated with Lakeland healthcare systems. My office in St. Joseph is located at the
health Park that Lakeland has on Hollywood Road. I went to medical school down in
Texas at fort worth. I went to my residency back in my hometown area of Mount Clemens Michigan. After doing my internship in Mount Clemens I went down to Wayne state and finished my neurology residency and a fellowship in
neuromuscular disease. I think that is osteopathic neurologists our ability to put our hands on someone’s back and tell them if they have a mechanical problem
as opposed to just a back pain is a huge asset to the practice. We see an awful
lot of different types of patients practices limited to adult neurology so
we try and keep a fairly hard floor at about eighteen years of age. We see
everything from paying conditions such as headache, neck pain, back pain we look at epilepsy patients, movement disorder patients, Parkinson’s patients, multiple
sclerosis at Lakeland. We’re one of between 15 and 20 primary stroke centers in the state of Michigan at this point in a small community like this it’s a
little unusual maybe to have that designation when you think of some of
the bigger hospital campuses around the state. Again this really keeps us in a
position to be able to offer the most effective timely stroke care to our
patients and you really want people to start to recognize that any abrupt
change in their neurologic status may represent stroke. The any sudden change in vision, hearing,
communication skills sudden numbness or weakness or
coordination problems or severe headaches that are out of character we
want people to call 911 when they’re having stroke symptoms because as soon as the ambulance arrived they will notify the emergency room that they’re
coming in with the potential patient who might qualify for TPA which is the clot
busting drug that helps with stroke there’s only a number of minutes
available for patients to be able to get the drug and some people will actually
exceeded the time limit. Those are probably the most critical factors in
making sure that you come in by ambulances opposed to coming in through family car. Well really the number one thing patients can do is to quit smoking. The number one thing that their doctors
can do is control their blood pressure and we have such a large number of
people who are overweight in their community weight loss is a frequent
conversation and instead of just saying lose weight I try and give them
strategies to lose weight and talk to them about various things including
applications on their phones that might not cost them money be able to work with as well as specific
ideas about what dietary strategies might help them for their body type of
medical conditions. With the advent of electronic medical record it’s even
easier to communicate by tell patients regularly that if they enroll in my
church function that I will see their question in their own words as opposed
to an interpretation from someone on my staff. The ability for me to answer an
email in the matter of minutes as opposed to hoping
that I catch up with someone on the phone is obviously another time saving
device that creates a great deal of satisfaction. Well I think really one of the things that defines good neurology care in particular is listening I think
that’s really lost skill and I try and place their value on my students and
residents when they come through patients comment that the appreciate you
listening to someone in terms of hearing out their entire problem rather than
interrupting them is really another thing that over the years I’ve been
wanting to appreciate.

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