Susan A. Walsh, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and director of the Yale Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Program. When a young patient arrives in the emergency department, she tells parents, “I promise we will take very good care of your child. Ask all the questions you need to feel comfortable with our care.”
One of Dr. Walsh’s most memorable cases involved a 5-year-old girl brought to the emergency room with a dysrythmia, or irregular heartbeat. “She arrived gray and lifeless. We were able to assess and treat her with a shock that restored her circulation, and she was awake and well within minutes,” Dr. Walsh says.
An associate clinical professor of pediatrics (emergency medicine) and of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Walsh is also a leading instructor of simulation training, in which doctors who are in training or already practicing learn and practice emergency and other skills on manikins. She specialized in pediatric emergency medicine because “as a parent and as a physician, I am motivated to help sick and injured children and their families through a crisis.”