Ron Walls BSc’75, MD’79

Dr. Ron Walls is a 2019 recipient of the UBC Medical Alumni Association Wallace Wilson Leadership Award.

Dr. Walls is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Brigham Health (BH) and the Neskey Family Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is responsible for BH’s day-to-day operations and, along with BH President Betsy Nabel, MD, guides both short-and long-term strategy to position the system for success well into the future. This includes overseeing system performance, supporting and advancing clinical operations, overseeing financial planning to fund operations and key investments, and creating an exceptional patient experience. Dr. Walls twice served as chair of academic departments of emergency medicine, most recently as chair of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine for more than two decades before assuming his current role in 2015.

Dr. Walls, a noted educator and scholar in emergency medicine with more than 180 scientific publications, including 19 textbooks, has received major awards from all three emergency medicine national societies.  A native Canadian, Dr. Walls attended medical school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital.  He held faculty positions at George Washington University Medical Center, Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia, prior to joining BH.

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