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Thomas Ward's Curriculum Vitae

Last updated on 2021-02-19.

Education

2016
Doctor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
2012

BSc Biochemistry, Religion (minor), University of Georgia, Athens.

summa cum laude with Highest Honors. 3.99 GPA.

Experience

Clinical

2016 - Present
General Surgery Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Research

2019 - Present

Surgical AI and Innovation Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Applying artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision to intra-operative video analysis.

2013 - 2016

Abdominal Trauma in Motor Vehicle Collisions, Center for Applied Biomechanics, University of Virginia.

Discovered a novel application of 3D Fat Volume Rendering to Computed Tomography images to determine use and positioning of seat belts after motor vehicle collisions.

2012

Senior Thesis, Department of Religion, University of Georgia.

Adopted Thomas Aquinas’s classical proofs to a process philosophy system under the direction of Dr. William Power.

2011 - 2012

Undergraduate Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, University of Georgia.

Worked in the Dailey Lab to characterize the ferrochelatase iron transport channel and create a novel ferrochelatase Rieske protein.

Membership and service

Membership

2020 - Present
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
2019 - Present

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Member of the Artificial Intelligence Taskforce. Co-leader of the Software, Platform, and Data Structure working group for the SAGES Video Annotation Conference held February, 2020 in Houston, TX.

2016 - Present
Massachusetts Medical Society
2016 - Present
Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
2015 - Present
American College of Surgeons.

Professional Service

2020 - Present
Reviewer for Annals of Surgery.
2021 - Present
Reviewer for World Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Publications

2020:
Ward TM, Mascagni P, Ban Y, Rosman G, Padoy N, Meireles O, Hashimoto D. Computer vision in surgery. Surgery. Published online December 1, 2020. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2020.10.039
2020
Ban Y, Rosman G, Ward T, Hashimoto D, Kondo T, Meireles O, Rus D. Aggregating Long-Term Context for Learning Surgical Workflows. arXiv:200900681 [cs]. Published online September 1, 2020. http://arxiv.org/abs/2009.00681
2020
Ward TM, Meireles O. The Cognitive Revolution. In: Atallah S, ed. Digital Surgery. Springer International Publishing; 2021:1-9. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-49100-0_1
2020
Ward TM, Hashimoto DA, Ban Y, Rattner DW, Inoue H, Lillemoe KD, Rus DL, Rosman G, Meireles OR. Automated operative phase identification in peroral endoscopic myotomy. Surg Endosc. Published online July 27, 2020. doi:10.1007/s00464-020-07833-9
2020
Hashimoto DA, Ward TM, Meireles OR. The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Surgery. Advances in Surgery. 2020;54:89-101. doi:10.1016/j.yasu.2020.05.010
2020
Ward TM. Utilizing Computer Vision. In: Artificial Intelligence in Surgery: An AI Primer for Surgical Practice. 1st ed. McGraw-Hill Education; In press.
2020
Witkowski E, Ward T. Artificial intelligence assisted surgery. In: Bohr A, Memarzadeh K, eds. Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Academic Press; 2020:179-202. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-818438-7.00008-3

Invited Talks

Feb, 2021
University College London AI in Medicine Series, Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision in Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery.
Nov, 2020
Glasgow University Surgical Society National Undergraduate Conference, Artificial Intelligence and Surgery: Past, Present, and Future.
Sept, 2020

AIMed Surgery, Computer Vision and Surgery.

Panelist and oral presenter.

Aug, 2020

ASE Annual Meeting, AI for Real-time Feedback and Evaluation in Surgery.

Panelist and oral presenter for the Artificial Intelligence panel in the Association for Surgical Education’s annual meeting.

July, 2020

AIMed Talks, Key Trends in Surgical AI.

Panelist.

Feb, 2020

Academic Surgical Congress, AI and Image Recognition: A Video is Worth a Thousand Words.

Panelist and oral presenter for the “Artifical Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Surgical Science: Reality vs. Hype” session.

July, 2019

NOSCAR Annual Conference, Automated Intra-operative POEM Analysis: A Machine Learning Approach.

Oral presentation on machine learning and computer vision approaches to video segmentation of POEM operations.

Oral and Poster Presentations

April, 2021

ASCRS Meeting, Tumor Genotypes Account for Survival Differences in Right and Left-sided Colon Cancers.

Accepted for oral plenary presentation.

April, 2021

Annual Meeting of the ASE, Quantifying the Operative Learning Curve: Personalized Procedural Metrics for Residents.

Accepted for poster presentation at the 41st Annual meeting of the Association for Surgical Education.

Feb, 2021

Academic Surgical Congress, Predicting Cholecystectomy Operative Course from Gallbladder Inflammation.

Oral presentation that explored the association between gallbladder inflammation and intra-operative events and duration.

Dec, 2020

Massachusetts Chapter of ACS Meeting, Automated Operative Step Identification in Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy.

Poster presentation on application of AI and CV methods to analyse POEM videos.

Oct, 2020

ACS Clinical Conference, Training with Pooled Annotations from Multiple Surgeons has no Effect on a Deep Learning Artificial Intelligence Model’s Performance.

Poster presentation that demonstrated combining multiple annotators’ annotations for different videos rather than having a single annotator annotate all videos leads to equivalent performance for AI model’s analyzing surgical video.

Oct, 2020

MGH Clinical Research Day, Automated Operative Step Identification in Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy.

Poster presentation on application of AI and CV methods to analyse POEM videos.

Aug, 2020

SAGES Meeting, Automated Operative Step Identification in Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy.

Poster presentation on application of AI and CV methods to analyse POEM videos.

Aug, 2020

ASCRS Meeting, Current Practice Patterns of Care Between Surgeons and Non-Surgeons for Benign Anorectal Conditions.

Poster presentation analyzing benign anorectal condition treatment across different providers using data abstracted from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS).

April, 2019

Boston Surgical Society Case Presentation Competition, 69-year-old male with weight loss and ascites.

Oral presentation voted second-place in case presentation competition among all Boston-area residencies.

Oct, 2013

Medical Student Research Symposium, Determination of Seat Belt Use and Positioining with Three-Dimensional CT Fat Volume Rendering in CIREN Frontal Crash Cases.

Poster presentation over a novel application of a 3D radiographic technique that localizes blunt injuries sustained during motor vehicle collisions by identification of trauma to subcutaneous tissues.

Sept, 2013

CIREN Research Conference, Determination of Seat Belt Use and Positioning with Three-Dimensional CT Fat Volume Rendering in CIREN Frontal Crash Cases.

Oral presentation on my discovery of the novel application of the above technique at the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network Research Conference (CIREN), a national meeting composed of both goverment and industry professionals.

Awards

Residency

Apr, 2019
Second Place, Boston Surgical Society Case Presentation
2017 - 2020
Top Residency ABSITE Score

Medical School

2015

Bowman Scholar.

Five Bowman Scholars per medical school class are selected at the conclusion of their third year of study in recognition of their clinical excellence and exemplification of integrity, enthusiasm, and compassion.

2015
Alpha Omega Alpha.
2014

Bondsmen Pin.

Nominated by classmates for demonstrating qualities on the wards such as teamwork, selflessness, outstanding performance, and duty to patients.

Undergraduate

2012
Phi Beta Kappa.
2012

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student, University of Georgia.

Faculty nominated award for scholastic excellence given to 27 students in their final year of study from a class of approximately 4,000.

2008 - 2012

Presidential Scholar, University of Georgia.

Semester grade point average of 4.00. Earned during 8 semesters.

2008 - 2012

Foundation Fellowship, University of Georgia.

University’s foremost undergraduate scholarship awarded to 20 first-year students annually. Includes a stipend that covers cost of attendance, individual travel-study grants, spring group travel-study, research and academic conference grants, and post-first-year Maymester study abroad program at Oxford University.

Miscellaneous

Dec, 2007
Eagle Scout