Appointments: 541-322-2352

Brad Ward, MD

“I enjoy meeting people who have different life experiences and occupations than myself. Finding the source and helping them with solutions to their neurosurgical problems is challenging as well as rewarding. While most patients do not require surgery, it is very satisfying for me when surgical intervention leads to a better quality of life and function for them.”

Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgeons
Residency: University Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi
Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical School
Undergraduate Education: Mississippi State University, Magna Cum Laude
Professional Membership: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society


Dr. Ward is a board certified neurosurgeon that specializes in treating complex spine and brain conditions with a patient centered approach. He is highly regarded by his patients. Dr. Ward listens closely to your problems and takes the time to explain all of the risks and benefits of the various treatment options. When surgery is necessary, it is performed in the least invasive way possible to shorten recovery times and reduce pain.

Dr. Ward’s interest in medicine began at an early age. His father was a veterinarian and as a high school senior in Mississippi, he became an EMT. That work exposed him to patient care and the inner workings of a small hospital, leading him to pursue a career in medicine. During medical school at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Ward worked with a group of neurosurgeons for a summer and the experience convinced him that he wanted to specialize in neurosurgery. Dr. Ward joined The Center’s team of expert neurosurgeons in 2001.

Publications, Activities, & Awards


  • The History of Endovascular Neurosurgery, Alexander LF, Ward BA, Neurosurgical Clinics of North America, July 1994, L.N. Hopkins (ed.)
  • Post Traumatic Syndrome, Miller JD, Ward BA, Alexander LF, Neurological Surgery, 4th edition, Chapter 76, Julian Youmans (ed.)
  • Hiccups and Brainstem Compression, Ward BA, Smith RR, Journal of Neuroimaging, July 1994
  • Severe Cervical Kyphotic Deformities in Patients with Plexiform Neurofibromas, Ward BA, et al, Neurosurgery, November 1994
  • Surgical Indications in Central Nervous System, Ward BA, Parent AD, Surgical Neurology January 1995
  • Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of Melanotic Neuroectodermal Tumor of Infancy Involving the Occipital Bone Dura, Raila FA, Ward BA, et al, Journal of Neuroimaging 1997; 7: 123-


  • Severe Cervical Kyphotic Deformities in Patients with Plexiform Neurofibromas, AANS Pediatric Section 22nd Annual Meeting; San Antonio, Texas, October 1993
  • Severe Cervical Kyphotic Deformities in Patients with Plexiform Neurofibromas, 1994 Mississippi Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting; Jackson, Mississippi, May, 1994
  • Severe Cervical Kyphotic Deformities in Patients with Plexiform Neurofibromas, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting; Chicago, Illinois, October 1994
  • Surgical Indications for Central Nervous System Blastomycosis 1995 Louisiana-Mississippi Neurosurgical Society Joint Meeting; New Orleans, Louisiana, January 1995. Received Outstanding Resident Presentation Award
  • Surgical Indications for Central Nervous System Blastomycosis, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting; Orlando, Florida 1995
  • The Radiology of Neurosurgery, Oregon Radiology Technician Annual Meeting, Inn of the Seventh Mountain Resort; Bend, Oregon 2003


  • Carotid Endarterectomy, American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida April 1995
  • “Spine Injuries in Winter Sports”, Ski & Board with the Center, Bend, Oregon, October 1, 2005
  • X-stop Physicians Symposium Lectures, Medtronic, Tacoma, Washington  September 2008
  • Phase 4 Medtronic Education Lectures, Medtronic, Sunnyvale, California  September 2008
  • Kyphoplasty On-Line Lecture, Medtronic, Internet Lecture, January 2010
  • Kyphoplasty Symposium Lecture, Medtronic, Reno, Nevada, March 2010


  • “Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with X-Stop® IPD in Moderately Symptomatic Patients”, 2009 –present  Principal Investigator
  • Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in the Augmentation and Restoration of Vertebral Body Compression Fractures” –KAVIAR  2010 -2011, Principal Investigator
  • “Pivotal IDE Study of the coflex™, A study of an Investigational Non-fusion Spine Stabilization Device”, 2007-2008,  Co-investigator
Personal Interests

Dr. Ward enjoys many outdoor pursuits including skiing, mountaineering, and occasionally golf. He has climbed many of the Oregon peaks including Mount Hood, and has stood on top of the Grand Teton in Wyoming three times, most recently with his son, Jackson. He and his wife have a great time traveling together, with and without their three kids. They have two children attending the University of Oregon and one at Summit High School.



“Dr. Ward saved my life, well, rather, he gave me back my life. I had become almost immobile from severe lower back pain that extended into my right leg. I had tried chiropractic and massage for a year, finally making a consultation appointment with Dr. Ward. He diagnosed my L-5 needing a fusion.Every step of the way, Dr. Ward was there for me, assuring me and guiding me through the process of surgery and recovery. He was reassuring and all smiles as I went into anesthesia. Dr. Ward checked on me immediately after surgery and gave me an update on how the surgery went. He checked on me again that evening, the following day, and again before I went home. This type of personal care is unheard of these days, where a doctor actually is attentive to how you are and listens and walks you through the healing process. I cannot thank him or his staff enough. The Center and ALL the staff from the minute you walk in the door to his behind the scenes team rate 100%, A+, 10!!! They are completely professional and top notch in my book. I, as often as possible, refer friends and family to The Center and Dr. Ward.” – Julie Shannon 

“I’m usually cynical and resigned about doctors, but I trusted Dr. Ward wholeheartedly and had no doubt that he would take expert care of me. He cared about me as a person, not just another patient. I had no doubt about his diagnosis. Before my surgery, I was in so much pain that I couldn’t even walk upright. I had surgery at the hospital and amazingly, I was able to walk the same night. I healed well and had no complications. You can visit Dr. Ward with confidence, knowing that he has 100% integrity in delivering what he promises.” Monireh Kohi

“We were completely impressed with Dr. Ward’s demeanor, concern, and his recommendations. His recommendation was surgery as soon as possible due the extreme pressure on my wife’s nerve. The surgery was scheduled for two days later on a Friday. The Center staff calmed Tanya’s fear of surgery. Dr. Ward met with me immediately after the surgery and told me how well it went. He called that evening, the following day, and again on Sunday. This is unheard of these days where a doctor actually personally calls to see how his patient is doing and gives us his personal cell phone number. We cannot praise him or his staff enough. The Bend Center and ALL their staff rate a perfect 10 score with us. The scheduling was immediate, on time, and completely professional.” Randy Watts

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