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Ryan Walsh, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Procedural Education and Training
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Skills Day Faculty


Dr. Walsh joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 2017 after completing eight years of active duty service in the United States Army Medical Corps. During that time Dr. Walsh completed two Middle East deployments, one as a Battalion Surgeon and one on a Damage Control Surgical Team. Dr. Walsh completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He then stayed on as an attending within the Department of Emergency Medicine serving in the roles of clerkship director, assistant program director, and research director. Dr. Walsh has received national recognition of his contributions to Emergency Medicine to include the Government Services chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Rising Star award in 2016 and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Simulation Academy Simulation Innovation Award in 2023.   He has also received multiple local awards highlighting his teaching abilities to include the Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Active-Duty Faculty of the year award in 2017 and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Best Procedural Educator in 2022 and 2023.  


After coming to Vanderbilt, Dr. Walsh became the Director of Procedural Simulation where he has helped to develop the procedure curriculum for the Emergency Medicine residency.  He now is the Director of Procedural Education and Training utilizing his experience in procedural education to focus on both Faculty and Residents as part of the Faculty Education and Training Team.  In addition to his educational pursuits, Dr. Walsh has also served as the principle investigator for a DOD sponsored project to utilize augmented reality to assist with patient management and procedural performance in the prolonged field care setting.  He has also been a consultant on over $2 million worth of grants researching the development of virtual reality training for military trauma scenarios awarded by the Army Advanced Medical Technology Initiative as well as the Defense Medical Research and Development Program.  Dr. Walsh has also partnered with other industry partners for medical device research. Outside the hospital he enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and mountain biking.  Dr. Walsh is married to Lindsey and has two young children.

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