Michele Walsh, MD, FAAP, is Chief, Division of Neonatology and Perinatal Medicine and Inaugural William and Lois Briggs Endowed Chair in Neonatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Chief, Division of Neonatology, UH Case Medical Center. She is also Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Walsh is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Her special interest is in neonatal lung disease, clinical trials and quality improvement.
Dr. Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from University of California, Davis, Calif. She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Walsh completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine, both at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. She joined the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital staff in 1988.
In 2000 Dr. Walsh earned a Master’s of Science in epidemiology from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; in 2007 she received a certificate from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., in Leadership Development for Physicians; and in 2012 she earned a certificate from University Hospitals Leadership Academy, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Walsh is a dedicated researcher and has participated in a number of multi-center studies, primarily focusing on improving outcomes in neonates and premature infants. Currently she is participating in numerous studies, including serving as Principal Investigator on studies sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Ohio Children’s Hospitals' Neonatal Research Consortium.
She is a frequent invited presenter at local, national and international medical conferences, speaking on the diagnosis and management of medical problems in neonates and premature infants. She has authored or coauthored nearly 150 papers and abstracts in leading medical journals and three dozen monographs and chapters in textbooks. She is a reviewer for many prestigious pediatric journals, including Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics and Pediatric Research as well as American Journal of Epidemiology and Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dr. Walsh is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physician Executives and a member of the American Pediatric Society. She has been named numerous times to America’s Top Pediatricians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, DC; Cleveland’s Top Doctors and Who’s Who in America.
Awards and Recognition
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow, American College of Physician Executives
America’s Top Pediatricians, Consumers’ Research Council of America
Cleveland’s Top Doctors
Improving outcomes in neonates and premature infants
American Board of Pediatrics - Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics
Education & Training
1978, University of California Davis
Medical / Professional School(s)
1982, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
1983, Pediatrics - University Hospitals of Cleveland
1985, Pediatrics - University Hospitals of Cleveland
1987, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Health Services Research, Neonatal Lung Disease, Quality Improvement
UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology
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For calendar year 2012, Michele Walsh, MD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.