Abner M. Ward, MD, FACS, FAOA

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Dr. Abner Ward is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with sub-specialty fellowship training in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

He has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in both Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – one of 31 surgeons in the United States with this distinction. Special expertise in shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand degenerative, pediatric, and traumatic conditions. Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Fellow of the American Orthopedic Association (FAOA) and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (FAAOS). Member of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons; one of only a few orthopedic surgeons in the nation to hold full membership in both organizations. Dr. Ward is an Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Reviewer for “Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery”. Dr. Ward is an Officer in the US Air Force Reserves, Team Physician for UC Merced, Merced College, and Kona Ironman World Championship.


Dr. Ward completed his undergraduate education at North Carolina A & T State University, where he studied Biology. Dr. Ward is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His Orthopedic Surgery residency was at Oregon Health & Science University. Following residency, Dr. Ward completed an Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder fellowship at The Southern California Center for Sports Medicine, a Hand Surgery fellowship at Stony Brook University, and Shoulder and Elbow fellowship training at the Alps Surgery Institute (Annecy, France) and Schulthess Klinik (Zurich, Switzerland). Dr. Ward completed his MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and his Master’s in Biotechnology Management at Harvard University. Dr. Ward is married and the father of three sons.