Center for Functional MRI In the Department of Radiology

Faculty Research

Samuel R. Ward, P.T., Ph.D.

Professor of
Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery, Vice-Chairman of Research for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery


Dr. Ward is the Research Vice-Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the Muscle Physiology Laboratory in the Departments of Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego.  He received his Physical Therapy degree from California State University Long Beach (1997) and practiced for several years before pursuing his PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Southern California (2003), and post-doc in Orthopaedic Surgery at UC San Diego (2006).  Dr. Ward’s research program focuses skeletal muscle design and plasticity with special emphasis on the shoulder, spine, and knee.  The lab also has an emphasis on multimodal imaging (X-Ray, CT, MRI, PET, ultrasound, bioluminescence, and microscopy) of skeletal muscle in animal and human models studies.  A key initiative for Dr. Ward’s lab is to understand skeletal muscle microstructure and physiology using MRI.

Education and Prior Experience:

University of California, Davis (Civil and Materials Science Engineering) (1992-1994)
California State University Long Beach (BS Physical Therapy) (1994-1997)
University of Southern California (PhD Biomechanics/Movement Science) (1999-2003)
University of California, San Diego (Post-doc Orthopaedic Surgery) (2003-2006)