Laura P. Ward, MD, IBCLC

Medical Director, Mercy Hospital Anderson Nurseries

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-0963

Fax 513-803-0969



Neonatology; quality improvement; breastfeeding; necrotizing enterocolitis


Neonatal abstinence syndrome; breastfeeding

Dr. Ward graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1994. She went on to complete her residency in pediatrics and her fellowship in neonatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC from 1994-2000.

Dr. Ward has been a neonatologist in the division since 2002, and attends at The University Hospital.

MD: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1994.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC, 1994-1997.

Fellowship: Neonatology, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC, 1997-2000.

Certifications: Pediatrics, 1997; Neonatology, 2003; International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2013.

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Wiles JR, Isemann B, Tomoyuki M, Tabangin ME, Ward LP, Akinbi H, Vinks AA. Pharmacokinetics of Oral Methadone in the Treatment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Pilot Study. J Pediatr. 2015;167(7):1214-1220.

Wexelblatt SL, Ward LP, Torok K, Tisdale E, Meinzen-Derr JK, Greenberg JM. Universal Maternal Drug Testing in a High-Prevalence Region of Prescription Opiate Abuse. J Pediatr. 2015;166(3):582-586.

Wiles JR, Isemann,B, Ward LP, Vinks AA, Akinbi H. Current Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Secondary to Intrauterine Opioid Exposure. J Pediatr. 2014;165(3):440-446.

Moyer LB, Goyal NK, Meinzen-Derr J, Ward LP, Rust CL, Wexelblatt SL, Greenberg JM. Factors Associated with Readmission in Late Preterm Infants: A Matched Case Control Study. Hosp Pediatr. 2014;4(5):298-304.

Delfosse NM, Ward LP, Lagomarcino AJ, Auer C, Smith C, Meinzen-Derr J, Valentine CV, Schibler KR, Morrow AL. Donor human milk largely replaces formula-feeding of preterm infants in two urban hospitals. J Perinatol. 2013;33(6):446-451.

Ward LP, Auer CA, Smith C, Schoettker PJ, Pruett R, Shah NY, Kotagal UR. The Human Milk Project: A Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Human Milk Consumption in Very Low Birth Weight Infants. Breastfeed Med. 2012;7(4):234-240.