Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, CAE

Kory Ward-Cook Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE has over 35 years of experience as a medical laboratory professional, educator, and executive in association management. She is certified as a Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Ward-Cook served as the Executive Director for the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) Board of Registry and Senior Vice President for the ASCP, a 32 million-dollar 501c3 organization.

In the past, Dr. Ward-Cook has served as a faculty member and a program director for both a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program and a Medical Technology (MT) program. While serving as a faculty member and program director of the MT program in the School of Allied Health Professions at The Ohio State University, Dr. Ward-Cook also maintained a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology. As a tenured Associate Professor, Dr. Ward-Cook instructed and served as an advisor for undergraduate students in medical technology, and graduate students in the School of Allied Health Professions and the Department of Pathology.

Currently, Dr. Ward-Cook serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) a 501c6 certification organization. During her tenure at NCCAOM® she has been instrumental in bringing computer-based testing to the organization, facilitated an 86% increase in the media and public awareness of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession through press releases and public relations efforts. In 2007, Dr. Ward-Cook successfully orchestrated a relocation of the national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida. In 2018, Ward-Cook oversaw another headquarter relocation from Jacksonville, FL to Washington DC. Since her tenure at the NCCAOM the organization’s budget has grown from an annual operating budget from 3.4 million to 4.6 million dollars, and under Ward-Cook’s tenure at NCCAOM all active certification programs have remained accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE) National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Ward-Cook, formerly a member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) Board of Directors, continues to serve as a member of their Governance and Finance Committees. Ward-Cook was also a member of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium’s (IHPC) Board of Directors through 2018.

She was selected in 2014 to serve as a member on the first ICE Assessment-Based Certificate Accreditation Program (ACAP) Committee; she continued to hold that position through 2016. In 2018, Ward-Cook was appointed to serve as a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation.