Mark Walsh is 2012 Outstanding Physician

Mark Walsh, M.D., who has taught clinical skills to students at Indiana University Schowalsh12.JPGol of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) for 20 years, will be recognized as the Outstanding Physician of the Year at the 2012 Medicine Ball Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Outstanding Physician is nominated and selected by physician-peers. The award recognizes a regional physician whose dedication to IUSM-SB students is matched by his or her commitment to health care excellence in the community.  Past recipients are Faye Magneson, Gary Fromm and David Van Ryn.

As an assistant professor of clinical medicine, Dr. Walsh is credited with preparing IUSM-SB students to demonstrate finely honed patient examination and diagnostic skills. In addition to his part-time academic post, Dr. Walsh is director of medical education at Memorial Hospital of South Bend and has been instrumental in organizing the annual IUSM-SB Mini Medical Series. He is a frequent traveler to Haiti where he has worked among fellow University of Notre Dame physician-graduates and administrators to provide improved medical care to that small nation.

“Mark’s history with the medical school, his excellent work with students and his dedication to health care both locally and internationally make him an excellent candidate for this award,” said Rudolph M. Navari, M.D., Ph.D., FACP.

Dr. Walsh also has been active in clinical research, co-publishing on topics that directly impact patients in trauma situations. Most recently, he and a team of physicians partnered with researchers from Notre Dame and IUSM-SB to better anticipate blood trauma needs among trauma patients. Their work with the TEG (thromboelastography) technology has led to several presentations and publications in prestigious international journals including the New England Journal of Medicine.  

Dr. Walsh graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) School of Medicine and took residencies at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, and Northwestern Memorial University Hospital.

In 2011, IUSM-SB students successfully nominated him to receive the Alpha Omega Volunteer Clinical Faculty award from the Indiana state chapter.

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