Allan J. Walkey, MD, MSc
Adjunct Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
MS, Boston University School of Public Health
BA, Tufts University

Dr. Walkey investigates epidemiology and clinical outcomes of complications that occur in patients who are critically ill. Using clinical and administrative data, Dr. Walkey focuses on interations between organ systems during critical illness and seeks to find effective health care provider practice patterns that are associated with better patient outcomes. His research interests include sepsis, acute lung injury, and atrial fibrillation that occurs during critical illness.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am committed to activities devoted to increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce and reducing disparities in healthcare delivery and health outcomes. I am committed to mentorship and career sponsorship for trainees and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds. I am also committed to promoting a diverse workforce; for example, I was part of a 5-person team focused on increasing diversity of our University biomedical research workforce who designed a multi-component strategy, including increasing use of NIH Diversity Supplements, creating an office for workforce diversity, and providing resources to support and retain our current student, faculty, and staff from underrepresented backgrounds. I also serve on the Steering Committee for Research within our hospital’s Health Equity Accelerator, which I am responsible for oversight and planning of research efforts devoted to reducing health disparities. Our Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Science currently collaborates on multiple projects designed to understand and correct sources of health inequity. We currently are working on projects that seek to reduce disparities in satisfaction with the discharge process, and seek to understand difference in diabetes management strategies by race/ethnicity to understand and eliminate disparities in diabetes outcomes. In prior work, I have helped lead and design studies investigating disparities in guideline concordant insulin use during critical illness and in outcomes for covid-19 and atrial fibrillation. I am a co-investigator with MA-CEAL, co-leading the Evaluation Core designed to improve engagement with local communities to reduce disparities in vaccine uptake and research participation.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

Framingham Heart Study

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Implementation & Improvement Sciences

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Improving the Effective Use of Blood Transfusions During Critical Illness for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
04/01/2024 - 03/31/2027 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Nicholas A. Bosch, MD, MSc
American Heart Association

Implementing Telemedicine to Improve Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2026 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
Boston Medical Center Corporation HHS AHRQ

Prolonged mechanical ventilation: patterns of post-acute care and patient outcomes
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2025 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Anica C. Law, MD, MS
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Corticosteroids or Acute Exacerbations of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Patterns and Outcomes
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Divya Anjana Shankar, MD
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

CURE ID: Aggregating and Analyzing COVID-19 Treatments from EHRs & Registries Globally
01/18/2022 - 12/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Society of Critical Care Medicine Critical Path Inst

Informing best practices for evaluation and treatment of myocardial injury during sepsis
09/01/2023 - 09/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Evaluating Routine Opioid Use during Acute Respiratory Failure
05/03/2020 - 09/30/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Allan J. Walkey, MD, MSc
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Targeting cardiovascular events to improve patient outcomes after sepsis
07/15/2018 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Characterizing contemporary practices in the approach to elevated troponin I levels during sepsis
09/15/2021 - 06/29/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Automated detection and prediction of atrial fibrillation during sepsis
04/01/2017 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Informing best practices for evaluation and treatment of myocardial injury during sepsis 7R01HL169521-02
2023 Informing best practices for evaluation and treatment of myocardial injury during sepsis 1R01HL169521-01
2023 Evaluating Routine Opioid Use during Acute Respiratory Failure 5R01HL151607-04
2022 Evaluating Routine Opioid Use during Acute Respiratory Failure 5R01HL151607-03
2021 Evaluating Routine Opioid Use during Acute Respiratory Failure 5R01HL151607-02
2021 Targeting cardiovascular events to improve patient outcomes after sepsis 5R01HL139751-04 7
2020 Evaluating Routine Opioid Use during Acute Respiratory Failure 1R01HL151607-01
2020 Targeting cardiovascular events to improve patient outcomes after sepsis 5R01HL139751-03 7
2020 Automated detection and prediction of atrial fibrillation during sepsis 5R01HL136660-04 24
2019 Targeting cardiovascular events to improve patient outcomes after sepsis 5R01HL139751-02 7
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  1. Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. PLoS One. 2024; 19(7):e0296139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38968193; PMCID: PMC11226120; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296139;
  2. Cohen RT, Burrowes SAB, Williams CJ, Neri CM, Klings ES, Jones KC, Walkey AJ, Drainoni ML. SNAP: Supportive non-invasive ventilation for acute chest syndrome prevention for hospitalized children with sickle cell disease: Perspectives of patients, parents, and the healthcare team. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2024 Jun 19; e31142.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38896013
  3. Myers LC, Soltesz L, Bosch N, Daly KA, Devis Y, Rucci J, Stevens J, Wunsch H, Jafarzadeh SR, Campbell CI, Liu VX, Walkey AJ. Intravenous Opioid Administration During Mechanical Ventilation and Use After Hospital Discharge. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jun 03; 7(6):e2417292.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38874921; PMCID: PMC11179130; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.17292;
  4. Kearney CM, Sangani R, Shankar D, O'Connor GT, Law AC, Walkey AJ, Bosch NA. Comparative Effectiveness of Mepolizumab, Benralizumab, and Dupilumab among Patients with Difficult-to-Control Asthma: A Multicenter Retrospective Propensity-matched Analysis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2024 Jun; 21(6):866-874.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38241013; PMCID: PMC11160126; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202306-566OC;
  5. Silver SR, Jones KC, Hook K, Crable EL, George ER, Serwint JR, Austad K, Walkey A, Drainoni ML. Defining the transition from new to normal: a qualitative investigation of the clinical change process. Res Sq. 2024 May 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38826210; PMCID: PMC11142356; DOI: 10.21203/;
  6. Teja B, Berube M, Pereira TV, Law AC, Schanock C, Pang B, Wunsch H, Walkey AJ, Bosch NA. Effectiveness of Fludrocortisone Plus Hydrocortisone versus Hydrocortisone Alone in Septic Shock: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 May 15; 209(10):1219-1228.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38271488; PMCID: PMC11146553; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202310-1785OC;
  7. Law AC, Bosch NA, Song Y, Tale A, Lasser KE, Walkey AJ. In-Hospital vs 30-Day Sepsis Mortality at US Safety-Net and Non-Safety-Net Hospitals. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 May 01; 7(5):e2412873.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38819826; PMCID: PMC11143462; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.12873;
  8. Teja B, Bosch NA, Diep C, Pereira TV, Mauricio P, Sklar MC, Sankar A, Wijeysundera HC, Saskin R, Walkey A, Wijeysundera DN, Wunsch H. Complication Rates of Central Venous Catheters: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2024 May 01; 184(5):474-482.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38436976
  9. Myers LC, Peltan ID, Thai KK, Kipnis P, Desai M, Devis Y, Clancy H, Lu YW, Brown SM, Go AS, Neugebauer RS, Liu VX, Walkey AJ. Predicting stroke risk after sepsis hospitalization with new-onset atrial fibrillation. J Hosp Med. 2024 Jul; 19(7):565-571. PMID: 38594918
  10. Andriola C, Ellis RP, Siracuse JJ, Hoagland A, Kuo TC, Hsu HE, Walkey A, Lasser KE, Ash AS. A Novel Machine Learning Algorithm for Creating Risk-Adjusted Payment Formulas. JAMA Health Forum. 2024 Apr 05; 5(4):e240625.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38639980; PMCID: PMC11065160; DOI: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2024.0625;
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Bar chart showing 298 publications over 17 distinct years, with a maximum of 46 publications in 2022


Missouri allocated $11M for vaccine gift cards. Most health departments said no thanks Read more at:

The Kansas City Star 12/2/2021

Shot for $100 program extended again as COVID vaccination, testing incentives cost millions

The Center Square 12/1/2021

Are Covid vaccine mandates ethical? Here’s what medical experts think

CNBC 11/24/2021

Vaccine panel recommends J&J boosters after data says vaccine's effectiveness has 'headroom to improve': Live COVID-19 updates

USA Today 11/16/2021

Have vaccine lotteries worked? Studies so far show mixed results

Politifact 8/22/2021

Scholarships or prizes? Student vaccine incentives at Pittsburg State and K-State take different approaches

The Topeka Capital-Journal 8/12/2021

How West Virginia’s ‘Do it for Babydog’ vaccine lottery didn’t get the job done

Mountain State Spotlight 8/4/2021

Maryland gave away $2 million in a lottery to boost vaccinations. Did it work?

Stars and Stripes 8/1/2021

A $1 Million Lottery Didn’t Improve COVID-19 Vaccination. Here’s What Did

Healthline 7/13/2021

Ohio vs Michigan: Which state's vaccine lottery will spur more shots?

The Blade 7/13/2021

Study suggests Louisiana's COVID-19 vaccine lottery won't work

Washington Examiner 7/12/2021

States are spending millions of dollars on lottery prizes to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. But is it working?

USA Today 7/8/2021

State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

U.S. News & World Report 7/7/2021

State Lotteries Don't Boost COVID Vaccination Numbers: Study

Health Day 7/7/2021

Ohio's Vax-a-Million drawing didn't raise COVID-19 vaccine rates, study finds. Gov. Mike DeWine disagrees

USA Today 7/7/2021

Lottery Incentives Don’t Increase COVID Vaccination Rates

WEB MD 7/6/2021

COVID-19 vaccine lotteries did NOT increase rate of shots, study finds, despite chances of winning $1 million grand prize

Daily Mail 7/6/2021

COVID-19 vaccine lotteries not associated with increased shots, study finds

FOX News 7/6/2021

Lotteries Don't Increase Vaccination Rates

Iowa Public Radio 7/6/2021

Study Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Lotteries Don't Increase Vaccination Rates

Iowa Public Radio 7/6/2021

Boston University Study: Ohio Lottery Didn't Increase Vaccination Rates

NBC 10 Boston 7/6/2021

Ohio Vaccine Lottery Gave Away $5 Million, But Didn’t Increase Vaccination Rates, Says New Study

Forbes 7/3/2021

Vaccine lottery incentive did not increase uptake in Ohio, Boston University study shows

Boston Herald 7/3/2021

BU Medical School study questions if lottery will help get more people vaccinated

Boston 25 News 7/2/2021

Massachusetts research shows little impact on vaccination rates from state lotteries

WCVB-TV 7/2/2021

2020 year in review

BU Today 12/18/2020

For COVID-19 Patients, Could Breathing Easier Be as Simple as Flipping Over?

Mirage News 4/18/2020

Promotions to Associate Professor Go to 16 on Medical Campus

BU Today 7/6/2018

2016 Department of Medicine, Boston Universoty School of Medicine: Junior Faculty Research Mentor Award
2014 Boston University School of Medicine: L. Jack Faling Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
2012 AHRQ: Outstanding Article of the Year
2005 Chest Foundation: Young Investigator Award
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

acute respiratory distress syndrome
atrial fibrillation

I have mentored more than 15 MD post-graduates in critical care health services research. Mentees have to date published >15 first-authored, peer reviewed manuscripts, including Web of Science Top 1% cited. Mentees have received multiple American Thoracic Society travel awards for research, as well as First Prize for research presented at the 2016 Massachusetts Thoracic Society Meeting. I received 2 Research Mentor Awards for outstanding achievement as a research mentor from the Boston University Department of Medicine during year 2016. I serve as a Director of the Evans Center for Implementation & Improvement Sciences, where we mentor School of Medicine faculty through completion of projects with scientific rigor.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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