University of Utah rheumatologist Dr. John R. Ward has received the Laureate Award of the Utah Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

The award was established in 1985 to recognize members who have "distinguished themselves in service to the Utah Chapter of the ACP and have demonstrated by their performance an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education and/or research as well as service to their community."Ward, professor of internal medicine at the U. School of Medicine, founded the division of rheumatology in 1957. He served as division chief until 1988. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the department of preventive medicine.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, including Professor of the Year and Outstanding Professor, Ward said, "Teaching is the most difficult thing we do in academic medicine."

Ward gained international recognition in recent years, largely for his research on anti-arthritic drugs. Since earning his M.D. degree at the U. in 1946, he has published more than 200 academic papers. He also has served on numerous editorial boards.