Dr. Ward specializes in Preventive Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine.  After completing his residency training in 1992, Dr. Ward joined Wyle Laboratories (formerly Krug) as a physician supporting the design of Space Station medical facilities.  In 1993 he worked as a Flight Surgeon at NASA Johnson Space Center in support of the Space Shuttle program.  Later, he lived in Star City, Russia as a physician for the US/Russia Shuttle-Mir Programs until 1997. 

He returned to his native Appalachia, began work at Blue Ridge Hyperbarics in Asheville, NC, and formed Toxaway Wilderness Experience in 1999.  Consulting with, educating and treating individuals in a travel and wilderness setting was a continuation of his experience with 'expeditionary medicine'.  He has been a physician in private practice in Western North Carolina since that time. He has more than ten years experience in Acute Care as a treating physician at ProMed Minor Emergency Center and NextCare Urgent Care in Asheville, NC.  

In 2008, he started a private practice in preventive and integrative medicine.  His practice, General Preventive Medicine, has grown over the last seven years, and now includes care for individuals as part of the General Preventive Medicine Program, consultations for travel and wilderness medicine, and group health and wellness projects, such as the City of Brevard DoctorCare Program.  He is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, Aerospace Medical Association, and Society for NASA Flight Surgeons.

Personal Interests 

Dr. Ward has resided in Transylvania County since 1997, and along with his wife, Christina, lives on a farm in the southwest corner of the county.   Their mountain land has been home to countless 'critters', including llamas, dogs, cats, and a myriad of native species (flora and fauna) that the Wards consider as family.  His love of the outdoors has steadily grown after the area has given ample four-season opportunities to road and mountain bike, kayak, canoe, free rock climb, trail run, trek and backcountry camp, lake swim, and cross-country ski.  He has been an amateur road and mountain bike competitor for over 20 years, and 10 years ago added triathlon/aquathlon as goal oriented training tools to stay active and physically fit.  For the last four years, he has been fortunate to qualify for the US National Age Group Team in aquathlon, and has competed around the world in the ITU World Age Group Championships in the sport. 

Professional Information

  • David F. Ward, M.D., M.S.
  • Specialty: Aerospace Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine
  • Years in Practice: 26 years
  • Education and Training:
    • Duke University, Durham, NC , B.S. Planetary and Evolutionary Biology, 1984
    • Wright State University, Dayton, OH , M.S., Aerospace Medicine, 1991
    • East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine, M.D. , 1988
    • Transitional Residency: Spartanburg Regional, Spartanburg, SC
    •  Residency:  Wright State University, Dayton, OH   


Papers, Abstracts, and Publications


    • Inflight Medical Support Activities for the Mir-18 Mission. D.F. Ward,M.R. Barratt, G. Kobzev, O. Anoshkin, and I.B. Goncharov. Aerospace Medical Association 67th Annual Scientific Program, May, 1996.
    • Preflight Medical Support Activities for the Mir-18 Mission. M.Barratt, D.Ward, O.O.Ryumin. Aerospace Medical Association 67th Annual Scientific Program, May, 1996.
    • Validation of Parabolic Flight Microgravity CPR Animal Model. Johnston, Campbell, Billica, Ward, Norfleet, Eichstadt, Robinson, Jennings, Kucharz, Rouse, Simmons, Lloyd, Beck, Barratt, Doursout. Aerospace Medical Association 67th Annual Scientific Program, May, 1996.
    • Microgravity Performance and Evaluation of Advanced Cardiac Life Support Procedures Utilizing an Animal Model. Johnston, Campbell, Billica, Ward, Norfleet, Eichstadt, and Robinson. Aerospace Medical Association 64th Annual Scientific Program, May, 1993.
    • Microgravity Performance of Advanced Trauma Life Support. Campbell, Johnston, Billica, Norfleet, Ward, and Eichstadt. Aerospace MedicalAssociation 64th Annual Scientific Program, May, 1993.
    • Failure of Promethazine to Cause Sedation During Space Flight. Twelfth Frontiers of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacology Beyond Earth's Boundaries. James P. Bagian, M.D. and David F. Ward, M.D., May, 1992.
    • Simulation of the Fluid Retention Effects of a Vasopressin Analog Using the Guyton Model of Circulation. R.S. Srinivasan, K. Simanonok, S. Fortney, J. Charles, Ack. D.F.Ward. 14th Annual Meeting of the IUPS Commission on Gravitational Physiology, Berlin, Sept.,1992.
    • The Effects of Lypressin on Hemodynamic Responses to Head-Down Tilt and Orthostatic Stress. D.F. Ward. Aerospace Medical Association 63rd Annual Scientific Program, May, 1991.
    • Computer Simulations for Modeling Physiologic Responses to Spaceflight. Ohio Academy of Sciences, Centennial Symposium, 1991.
    • Cellular Mechanisms of Hyperbaric Oxygen Use and Toxicity on Red Blood Cells: Implications for Blood Product Storage. USAF Hyperbaric Medicine Course, 1990.
    • Mathematical Models of Physiology, East Tennessee State University College of Medicine, Student Papers, 1988.

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