Enrique Daniel Austin Ward, MD

Academic Profile

Professional Biography: Doctor with training at the University of Panama with a Specialty in Clinical Genetics obtained at the Clinical Hospital of the University of Chile and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Sciences from the University of Panama, with 20 years of experience in the care of patients with genetic conditions both at the public (CSS) and private levels, and in teaching support at the Universidad Latina de Panamá as a professor in the Chairs of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Human Embryology, as well as the medical community as an exhibitor for Genzyme, Stendhal of the Americas and Biomarin. He is a member of the Editorial Committee for the journal Genética y Genómica Clínica and international reviewer for articles from the Revista Biomédica de Colombia. In Research, I worked for Senacyt as Development Coordinator of the Indicasat Institute until its inauguration in 2002 and currently Associate Researcher of Indicasat and Adjunct Researcher of the Pacifica Salud Medical Research Center.

Research lines or specialties:

  • Clinical Genetics (Human Genetics)
  • Rare Diseases
  • Hemophilia (Hereditary Coagulopathies)
  • Introduction of new therapies based on biotechnology

Summary of resume:

2024 Doctorate in Clinical Sciences with Specialization in Clinical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, Panama.

2021 Master of Clinical Sciences with Specialization in Clinical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama, Panama.

2002-2021 Clinical Geneticist, Social Security Hospital, Panamá City, Rep of Panama

2019-2021 Adjunct Faculty at INDICASAT-AIP Research Institute, Panama

2019-2019 Speaker for Biomarin

2016-2017 Speaker for Stendhal de las Americas (Biomarin and Shire Representative)

2013-2015 Speaker for Genzyme, Sanofy Group

2013-2021 Professorship of Clinical Embriology at the `Universidad Latina de Panama

2011-2021 Punta Pacifica Hospital medical staff member

2000-2017 Professorship of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the `Universidad Latina de Panama´

2000-2002 Development Coordinator at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT , now INDICASAT-AIP) created by the National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT),  Republic of Panama

Selected publications:

  1. Austin-Ward ED Mother Genetics. Journal of Genetics and Clinical Genomics 2023, 1(3)
  2. Austin-Ward ED, Brid E First report of SAVI syndrome in Panama due variant of the STING1 gene in patient with emphysema and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Journal of Genetics and Clinical Genomics 2023, 1(3)
  3. Austin-Ward ED Genetics of pain and management of chronic pain by extracorporeal depuration therapies. Journal of Genetics and Clinical Genomics 2023, 1(2): 36-42
  4. Austin-Ward ED, Vergara Y; Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2): report of the first case diagnosed in the Republic of Panama, caused by a pathogenic variant of the TPP1 gene produced by a nonsense mutation. Medical Journal of Panama 2023; 43:20-23.
  5. Austin-Ward ED, Moreno Vergara LJ First Patient Reported With A TPP1 Missense Mutation Pathogenic Variant Predicted In Silico Causing CLN2. Poster presented at SSIEM Annual Symposium 2022
  6. Austin-Ward ED, Role of Polyamines in Intracellular Signal Transduction: Possible Projections for Clinical Use in the Management of Muscular Dystrophies through their Inhibition with Difluoromethylornithine. Medical Journal of Panama 2019; 39(3): 100-105.
  7. Luis Lee-Chen, Donna Chen de Lee, María Amaya Naranjo, Fernando Gracia, Mauricio Berenguer Sánchez, E D Austin-Ward. Huntington’s disease in the Panamanian population, 2007-2021 Medical Journal of Panama – ISSN 2412-642X September 2022, 42(2):2-6

Current Projects

Participation in a Project on Pain Management through Extracorporeal Circulation Devices, in conjunction with Industry, Pacifica Salud Hospital and doctors of various specialties.


February 1999/Diagnosis of syndromes associated with structural and numerical abnormalities. Determination of the origin of a marker chromosome ina a patient with dysmorphies and mental retardation performed at Dr. Joan Knoll Laboratory at Children´s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston /Technique:  Fluorescence in sity hybridization (FISH) /Article published in the Am J Med Genetics (see publications)

September 1998-January 1999/Experiments in order to determine the role of MAP kinase and of JUN kinase in the signal transduction pathway in rat myotubes.  Investigation Unit in the laboratory of Dr. María Carrasco, Physiology Department, ICBM, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile/Techniques employed:  Protein quantitation, protein electrophoresis, western blot/Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Reunion of the Biophysical Society at Baltimore, Maryland (Feb. 13th-17th) under the theme `Potassium Depolarization Stimulates Phosphorilation of Map kinase and CREB transcription factor in Rat Myotubes´- MA Carrasco, D. Austin, J. Ríos, E. Jaimovich.
October 1997- August 1998/Study to determine the prevalence of mutations in the BRCAI and BRCA 2 genes in chilean families with high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Laboratory of Dr. Pilar Carvallo, ICBM, University of Chile /Techniques employed: DNA extraction, PCR, SSCP, Electrophoresis in agarose gels/Poster presented at the XLII Annual Reunion of the Biological Society of Chile entitled `Molecular Genetic Analysis of BRCA I gene in Thirty Chilean Families with Breast Cancer´- Gallardo M, Egaña L, Austin D, Paredes H, Ballesteros G, Castillo C, Cruz A, Silva M, Rousseau C, King MC, Carvallo P.
Enrique Daniel Austin Ward, MD

Enrique Daniel Austin Ward, MD

Highest degree of studies: Specialist in Clinical Genetics, University of Chile, 1999

Category: Adjunct Faculty

Contact information:

E-mail: austin_ward@yahoo.com 

Phone: +507 239-8762+507 6649-5068 



Instagram: @enriquedanielaustinward