Faculty Profile

James Walter
Section of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Walter's academic interests include evidence-based teaching, the development of clinical guidelines, the use of clinical decision rules to avoid unnecessary testing, the management of severe sepsis, emergency department screening for HIV, and the use of CT coronary angiography for patients with chest pain.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Walter is board certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and critical care and serves as the Director of Quality for the Section of Emergency Medicine. His clinical interests focus on patient safety, collaborative guideline-based care, and emergency department systems/operational issues affecting patient care and follow-up.


  • Walter JM, Chi R, Subeh M, Anvery A, Walter J. Emergency department care of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock: still a long way to go. Presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 43rd Critical Care Congress, San Francisco, Jan, 2014
  • Chi R, Walter JM, Walter J. Sickle cell anemia patients presenting to an emergency department with severe sepsis or septic shock. Presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 44rd Critical Care Congress, Phoenix, Jan, 2015
  • Sandoval E, Smith S, Walter J, Brown S, Hickner J. A comparison of frequent and infrequent visitors to an urban emergency department. Journal of Emergency Medicine 2010; 38: 115-121
  • Prabhakaran S, O’Neill K, Stein-Spencer L, Walter J, Alberts M. Prehospital triage to primary stroke centers and rate of stroke thrombolysis. JAMA Neurology 2013; 70: 1126-1132
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  • BS, 1970, Holy Cross College, Liberal Arts
  • MSW, 1972, Fordham University, Social Service
  • MD, 1979, Harvard University,
  • Residency, 1981, Michael Reese Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1983, The University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine