Dr. Ward Dean graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1967. As an infantry officer, he graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and later the Korean Ranger School. He served as an instructor at the U.S. Army Mountain Ranger School in north Georgia.
Dr. Dean is a parachutist, a skilled scuba and hard-hat diver, is fluent in Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish, has been a steamship company executive, a member of the Army Pentathlon Team, a U.S. Army Ranger Instructor, and was an advisor to the Vietnamese Rangers in combat on the Cambodian border.
Dr. Dean received his M.D. degree from Han Yang University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea, and M.S. degree (physiology) from Kyung Buk University, Taegu, Korea. He finished his post-graduate training at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, the U.S. Navy Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL, and at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, San Antonio, TX.
After completing the U.S. Army and Navy Flight Surgeon courses, and the U.S. Navy and Canadian Diving Medical Officers Courses, Dr. Dean spent the next seven years as an Army Flight Surgeon and Diving Medical Officer, including three years as the Flight Surgeon for America’s top-secret counterterrorist unit, Delta Force, where he participated in a number of classified missions.
After serving six years as Naval Flight Surgeon in Pensacola, Florida, Dr. Dean retired as a commander in 1996. While in private practice between and after military stints, he remained engaged in gerontological research, pioneering and practicing the now burgeoning field of anti-aging and life extension medicine.
Anti-Aging and Life Extension Research
As a world-renowned expert on anti-aging and life extension medicine, Dr. Dean served as a member of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Geriatrics Society, the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., the American Physiological Society, and an Associate Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association.
Dr. Dean also served on the Board of Directors of the American Aging Association and the founding Board of Directors of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and was the first vice president of A4M. Dr. Dean organized A4M’s first scientific program in Cancun, Mexico, as well as the first two Monte Carlo Anti-Aging Conferences in Monaco.
Dr. Dean has written extensively on the biology of aging and has authored or co-authored hundreds of published articles in professional journals. He has also authored a number of ground-breaking books, including Biological Aging Measurement – Clinical Applications, Smart Drugs & Nutrients, Smart Drugs II: The Next Generation, The Neuroendocrine Theory of Aging and Degenerative Disease, and GHB: The Natural Mood Enhancer.
Medical Director for Research and Development
Dr. Dean served as the Medical Editor of Vitamin Research News, and as the Director of Research and Development for Vitamin Research Products from 1996 through 2010. During this time Dr. Dean developed a wide range of innovative nutritional and pharmacological protocols designed to delay aging and ameliorate age-related diseases. His anti-aging protocols employ a number of anti-aging drugs and supplements, including Metformin, cognitive enhancing drugs and nutrients, the use of receptor sensitizers and crosslinkage inhibitors, as well as recommendations for the proper use and timing of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Dr. Dean has also spearheaded the development of means to measure the physiological and biochemical effects of aging, as described in his book, Biological Aging Measurement, a compendium of aging measurement systems developed by researchers around the world. The book was (and still is) the most comprehensive compilation of biomarkers and aging measurement systems ever published.
Private Practice and Current Research
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Dean continues to study the causes of aging, working to develop ways to measure and retard the aging process with the goal of restoring people to more youthful biological ages