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Walsh Honored with TNAAP Lifetime Achievement Award
June 6, 2016

Bill Walsh, M.D, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and Chief of Nurseries, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The TNAAP lifetime achievement award is given annually to a pediatrician or community member who advance the practice of medicine through original research, inspirational teaching, patient care, leadership, social consciousness and community involvement.

Dr. Walsh specializes in caring for high-risk newborn babies and empowering trainees and faculty with his exceptional talent for teaching.

He serves as director of the Congenital Heart Disease Task Force for the Tennessee Genetics Advisory Committee where he developed and perfected the use of pulse oximetry to enable pediatricians to diagnose asymptomatic newborns with congenital heart disease before they are discharged from their initial hospital stay.

He is served on the Executive Committee of the perinatal section of the American Academy of Pediatrics representing District IV 2006-2012. He is also a founding member and served on the Executive Committee of the North American Fetal Therapy Network, a network of 20 centers specializing in care of mothers and fetuses prior to birth.

Dr. Walsh joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1992 following his retirement as Lt. Col. and senior neonatologist in the United States Air Force. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado and his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His advanced training includes an internship, residency and fellowship in neonatology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB in Texas.

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