Ward, Ph.D.

Senior Client Partner, Education, Academic Medicine & Healthcare

Josh Ward, Ph.D. is a Senior Client Partner in our Philadelphia and Los Angeles offices and a member of the firm’s Education, Academic Medicine, and Healthcare Services practice.

Leveraging his professional experience as a basic science biomedical researcher and administrator, Dr. Ward brings an established record of success to a broad range of academic medical centers, health systems, and universities undergoing critical leadership transitions.

Josh’s work focuses on President/CEO, C-Suite, VP, Provost, Dean, Chair, and Clinical Chief/Physician Leadership roles.  A principal advisor to minority-serving and mission-driven institutions, he contributes to Korn Ferry’s thought leadership on diversity, trust, and on forging successful relationships between candidates and institutions during the search process.

Josh started his career in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, focusing on the genetic underpinnings of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease. 

He holds a doctorate in immunogenetics and a master’s degree in applied biological anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where he has served as a Member of the General Board.  Originally from Oklahoma, he earned a bachelor of science degree in cell and molecular biology from Oklahoma State University.