Joshua J. Ward, MD

Joshua J. Ward, MD

4.9 
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Practice Focus Areas

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine - 2002
Internship:
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation - 2003
Residency:
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics - 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Certified)

Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Physician Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

290 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

August 01, 2021

5.0

Dr Ward was very good, explained things so I could understand and was very detailed.

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July 29, 2021

5.0

He is very thorough and has a kind, approachable manner. He is very personable and an excellent doctor.

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July 07, 2021

5.0

He is very competent and thorough, a good listener.

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July 02, 2021

5.0

Thought his bedside manner was listening to me was people friendly, explained course of action to be taken to resolve problem.

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July 01, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable physician who explains things very well.

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June 30, 2021

5.0

He actually prepared for the appointment ahead of time by reading my chart and reviewing all of my images such as MRIs, etc. This allowed him to actually talk with me when he saw me and thoughtfully listen to my description of symptoms. He was respectful and patient with me, and he didn’t rush the appointment or spend all his time on the computer talking at the screen rather than me. He wasn’t distracted by other matters outside of my exam room either. The rest of this review pertains to Dr Ward, but since most of it is the result of NM interference in my care and my doctors, I didn’t want it to reflect badly on him. I don’t think it would have been this way if transferring to a new doctor weren’t such a nightmare for all involved now. I did get the feeling he was given biased information about why I wanted to switch to him, and maybe didn’t really understand. I even feel like I’m going to be punished by receiving less care from him than I received from the first doctor I saw, as a way to make me hesitate to ever switch again. I can’t point to what made me leave with that feeling, but it was something about his manner. I didn’t feel it was proper to tell him all of the little things that upset me in my appt with the other doctor, so he will be left with whatever the nurses and the other doctor have communicated between each other. This is a new problem introduced by NM and their treatment of patients who want to switch doctors. None of this would have happened this way before. Doctors used to understand that sometimes it’s just a clash of personality or perspective and the patient’s comfort and rapport matters to their healing. Something has caused doctors to now be suspicious right away, before even talking to the patient themselves. I was even put on the spot with the other doctor’s nurse directly calling me to ask why, when I had already communicated that to the doctor before even asking to switch. I should have only had to talk to the new doctor’s nurse directly. It was uncomfortable and unkind for them to do, and it’s a byproduct of NM involvement. The physical portion of the appt wasn’t as thorough as I think it should be, but that’s true of all the doctors at OAD. However, at least Dr Ward went a step further to check where the pain is happening on my body for areas that would relate to the spine and lower back, what causes it and the severity. Not as complete as I would have liked but it’s wasn’t just a quickie 10-second reflexes check like the previous doctor. I personally feel identifying where all the pain is on a patient and the severity of it helps to identify not only areas that might be related to the doctor’s area of expertise, but also areas where a different specialist might be helpful. A doctor is a doctor, and limiting an exam to a narrow area of care is worthy of an “it’s not my job� award, leaving serious issues go undetected. For instance, I was recently diagnosed with a severe case of osteoporosis, and I’m young for the scores my test had. Never before in my history did any Orthopaedic suggest a bone density test, even when my pain was so severe but they said it wasn’t related to my degenerative discs. I could have had this problem for years and I could have been treating it long before it got this bad. This year a doctor at OAD, who wasn’t a good fit for me but was still thorough, did order that test and discover my condition. They don’t treat it, but they can refer me to those who do. That test should have been ordered at least four years ago when I came to OAD over all this pain, but that doctor didn’t bother thinking outside his own little box, and only referred me to a neurologist. I can’t be sure Dr Ward would have thought of the test either. I dont know what he would have done had I seen him first. That would make one wonder why I switched doctors in the first place since the other one was so thorough in that regard. It’s because bedside manner is really important to me. I need time to cover everything I want to share and I need to see that the doctor is engaged in what I am saying and working through it thoughtfully. I need to feel that they are considering how my case might be different than what the first glance might suggest and not throw me a one size fits all treatment, and certainly not rush me through my appointment that I’m paying for. Thats what respect for the patient looks like, and that’s what Dr. Ward was like. So, I’ll keep Dr. Ward and know things happened the way they did for a reason, because my osteoporosis did need to be discovered.

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June 29, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward was wonderful in talking through the different reasons for the current issue, options for care, and answering questions I had.

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June 28, 2021

5.0

Personable and professional.

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June 24, 2021

5.0

So nicely !!

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June 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward had reviewed my tests in advance and was fully aware of my history and condition. He explained my situation completely.

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June 16, 2021

5.0

He is an excellent doctor he takes the time to listen to you and explains everything that will help you to get betterjb

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June 10, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable and helpful with my situation.

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June 10, 2021

5.0

I feel he doesn’t sugar coat what he seen

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June 09, 2021

5.0

Was my first visit. He seemed very thorough and took time to listen and understand my issues.

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June 03, 2021

3.0

Fast but not really personable

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June 03, 2021

5.0

He took his time and did a complete exam and explained it so I could understand.

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May 28, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, good listener, able to communicate well

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May 26, 2021

4.0

My impression is very good but it was a first visit.

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May 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward is very attentive. He listens, and explains everything! He is very knowledgeable about all types of procedures to help with spinal issues and pain. He is also very thorough, considering all aspects of the condition and determines the best options.

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May 24, 2021

5.0

He is very through. And very calming.

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May 22, 2021

4.0

It’s hard to give a score-he did tell me that he treated patients with back problems and did refer me to another Dr in the ortho group—he listened and we did have a good discussion about my problem.

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May 12, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward had ideas for remedying my problem. I’m confident in his abilities.

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May 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Joshua find solutions for my problem , great dr thanks a lot

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May 06, 2021

5.0

He was very patient with me. My memory is bad and I need to write down everything said. He was kind, patient and explained things very well.

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April 29, 2021

5.0

He's very thorough and he listened to me attempting to describe the issue and then came up with an action plan! I really appreciated that because noone has tried anything before him.

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April 27, 2021

5.0

This was my first visit with Dr Ward and I was very impressed. He's a good listener and very helpful!

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April 17, 2021

5.0

Explained my situation.

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April 14, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward know his stuff when it comes to the spine. I been to many doctors outside of NW and all they want to do is give medication and not solve the problem. I have been suffering in pain for years and Dr. Ward made that pain go away and for that I'm very thankful!

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April 14, 2021

4.0

Dr. Ward clearly defined his role as transactional rather than maintenance. I appreciated him being up front with me.

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Kind and listens to the issue

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward is very thorough and keeps his patient informed with options for treatment and isn’t pushy

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April 02, 2021

5.0

Dr Ward ensures that all the technical boxes are ticked and understood in his care -

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April 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward was very kind and explained everything very thoroughly.

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March 28, 2021

5.0

He listens and takes his time it was over 3 yrs since i jad been there he remembered every little detail about all my medical down to about my niece and nephew very knowledgeable and understanding i never felt rushed

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March 25, 2021

5.0

He explains everything and makes it all make sense and overall he’s a great dr.

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March 25, 2021

5.0

Dr Ward was and took time to listen to my questions and concerns. He provided answers where possible and derered them when necessary.

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March 22, 2021

5.0

Hes helped me many times

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March 22, 2021

5.0

He is the best and his nurse Nancy is very kind

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March 18, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, informative, honest and kind.

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March 14, 2021

5.0

Clear and patient

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March 11, 2021

5.0

He explained everything yo me well and answered all my questions.

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March 10, 2021

5.0

Very caring

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March 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Ward was candid but kind in explaining my problem, its possible causes, and the possible treatment options.

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March 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward provides excellent care. He has a holistic approach to healthcare.

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March 03, 2021

5.0

Takes time to explain things

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March 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward took time to outline a range of treatment options, from conservative to more aggressive, and explained the pros and cons. A conservative approach was agreed on with follow up if this isn’t successful.

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February 24, 2021

5.0

1st visit with Dr. Ward foung him to be knowledgeable and a good listener.He explains options.Would recommend him.

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February 17, 2021

5.0

Very personable and takes the time to listen to you. He makes you feel at ease.

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February 13, 2021

5.0

He listened and gave me good advice to start PT

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February 10, 2021

5.0

Very thorough in explaining to me my issue and options in terms I could understand. Very kind doctor.

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February 08, 2021

5.0

He took time and care in reviewing my problem. And was respectful in explaining.

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January 28, 2021

5.0

Clear explanation and several choices for treatment

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January 26, 2021

5.0

Excelente Doctor . Muy atento y se interesa al maximo por el progreso del paciente , estoy muy contento de que sea mi doctor .

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January 17, 2021

5.0

He listens and explains everything.

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January 16, 2021

5.0

Listened and allowed me to explain my issue

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January 13, 2021

5.0

Dr. Ward was easy to talk with and listened to my concerns. He offered a few treatment options and let me decide what would work best for me. I would have no hesitation seeking his care in the future.

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January 13, 2021

5.0

Very professional

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January 12, 2021

5.0

Laid out all the facts and options explaining each thoroughly. Made me feel comfortable asking questions with understandable options

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January 11, 2021

5.0

Listened, empathetic, explained all options

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December 28, 2020

5.0

listens, professional, intelligent

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December 24, 2020

5.0

Dr. Ward has assessed and treated my symptoms accurately and promptly, without being too aggressive. He is also thoughtful and circumspect, which I appreciate. And no trace of condescension!

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December 20, 2020

5.0

He listens & cares about his patients

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December 18, 2020

5.0

I like the way I was treated. He discussed all the treatment options available for me and listened to my concerns. I feel great about the course of action that I will be taken to treat my issue.

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December 14, 2020

1.0

He has done very well with my injections. The only thing I didn’t like about him was the televisit I missed with him on 12/10. My appt was for 9:15 and I was called at 9:24. I’m sure he could of called again. I don’t think he’s going to be that busy doing phone visits as opposed to in person visits.

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December 12, 2020

5.0

Actually listened to me and gave medical advice based on my active lifestyle.

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December 11, 2020

5.0

Very nice doctor

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December 10, 2020

5.0

Very good doctor he explains everything

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December 08, 2020

5.0

Dr. Ward was Extremely helpful, and insightful regarding the reason for my visit. He gave me all the information I was looking for and answered all my questions thoroughly.

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December 08, 2020

5.0

He made me feel so much more at ease about my back problems

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December 03, 2020

5.0

He was very infomative listened to my concern and laid out an action plan.

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December 03, 2020

5.0

Patience, patient involvement, courteous, understanding, great listening skills. Eye contact.

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November 29, 2020

5.0

He was every thorough in asking questions and pin pointing my problem and putting together a treatment plan.

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November 25, 2020

5.0

He is just a pleasant doctor and explain everything in great detail.

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November 25, 2020

5.0

Kind and understanding of the patient s needs

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November 18, 2020

5.0

Very kind and professional!

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November 05, 2020

5.0

Knowledgeable doctors, good staff

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October 15, 2020

5.0

Thorough and empathetic

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October 15, 2020

5.0

A doctor there is not empathetic nor supportive. Big kudos for Dr. Ward, though.

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October 15, 2020

5.0

He seemed to know his stuff. He listened.

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October 15, 2020

5.0

Dr was good. Nurse was good.

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October 14, 2020

5.0

Thorough....attentive...decisive....dependable

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October 14, 2020

5.0

Great doctors with great nurses...

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October 13, 2020

5.0

Really liked his demeanor.

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October 13, 2020

5.0

I was impressed with Dr Ward, he took time with me, listened to my concerns, explained what he would like to do, explained my options. Made me comfortable and made me understand that I would have a say in my treatment.

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September 30, 2020

5.0

Because he seems to care about people problems.

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September 30, 2020

5.0

He was very knowledgeable and patient with me while he was explaining my situation,

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September 29, 2020

5.0

I like Dr. Ward. He is low key and explains everything and shows you the problems on the x-ray or MRI. Gives you the treatment options and lets you decide what you are comfortable doing. The nurses are great.

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September 24, 2020

5.0

He is very Professional. Explains medical issues in a comprehensible manner. Pleasant and Easy to talk too.

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September 24, 2020

5.0

Very Professional and Pleasant! Knowledgeable and Compassionate.

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September 23, 2020

5.0

He listened very well and he was real nice, his nurse was so helpful and very funny.

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September 23, 2020

5.0

Everyone was VERY NICE! Very clean and well managed

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September 23, 2020

5.0

He was interested in me and my problem

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September 23, 2020

5.0

Family has been here and had different types of surgery and was very please with the doctor and their results.

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September 18, 2020

5.0

Very thorough and spent as much time as needed to ensure patient has information needed and no other questions. Discussed all treatment options with the pros and cons of each.

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September 18, 2020

5.0

Professional and friendly staff.

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September 17, 2020

4.0

Dr. Ward took time to listen and provided options for treatment.

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September 17, 2020

4.0

Good reputation

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September 17, 2020

5.0

Dr. Ward, Nancy and Lisa were great today.

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September 13, 2020

5.0

answered all my questions

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September 13, 2020

5.0

very professional

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