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Dr. Brian K. Walsh

Director, Respiratory Therapy Program
Professor of Health Sciences

(434) 582-7705


  • Ph.D., Rush University
  • M.B.A., Liberty University
  • B.S., Old Dominion University


Dr. Walsh began his health career in emergency medical services and respiratory therapy and quickly developed an interest and passion for research and education. Dr. Walsh’s research career began by focusing on areas within respiratory care that lacked evidence to guide practice. This pursuit and passion led to several discoveries within each of those areas and the development of several nationally recognized clinical practice guidelines.

Before coming to Liberty University to be the founding Director of the Respiratory Therapy Program, Dr. Walsh was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Walsh currently serves as the Director of Respiratory Therapy Program at the Liberty University School of Health Sciences and as a professor of Health Sciences.


  • Editor of Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 5th edition
  • Author of over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • 2017-2018 President of the American Association for Respiratory Care,
  • Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC)
  • Holder of 3 U.S. and international patents
  • James P Baker Award recipient
  • 2003 Practitioner of the Year – Neonatal Pediatrics
  • Gubernatorial appointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia Advisory Board on Respiratory Care, 2002-2010

Research Interests

  • Use of artificial intelligence to help medical teams make better decisions systematically
  • Predictive analytics in critical care medicine
  • Use of Optimal approaches to inhalational drug delivery
  • Lung protective mechanical ventilation
  • New and innovative forms of artificial ventilation