Michele Walsh, M.D., joined PPB as a program scientist in 2021; she previously worked with the branch for more than 20 years as an investigator with its Neonatal Research Network. She is an experienced physician-scientist and neonatologist with formal training in clinical trials and quality improvement methodology. With a passion for improving the health of infants and their mothers, her work focuses on the interconnection of generating new knowledge, translating that knowledge into clinical practice, and assessing its impact on population health.
Prior to joining NICHD, Dr. Walsh spent 30 years in academia, working at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She joined the faculty as a professor and, at the end of her tenure, served as chief of the neonatology division. She was also the inaugural William and Lois Briggs Endowed Chair in Neonatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Walsh completed her medical training at CWRU, followed by a pediatric residency and neonatal fellowship at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology, with an emphasis on clinical trials and quality improvement, and a bachelor’s degree in human development at the University of California at Davis.
In her free time, Dr. Walsh enjoys traveling, reading, and quilt making.