Robert J Walter


Major, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General for Medical Ethics
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
Pulmonary, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine
Medical Ethics
Office Phone


2014 – 2015 Fellowship, Sleep Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
2011 – 2014 Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
2009 – 2011 Residency, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2008 – 2009 Internship, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2004 – 2008 Doctor of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago
2002 – 2004 Doctor of Healthcare Ethics (DHCE), Duquesne University
2001 – 2002 Master of Arts in Healthcare Ethics, Loyola University Chicago
1997 – 2001 Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Current: Associate Program Director, SAUSHEC Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Current: Site Director, Virtual Critical Care Consultation and Advanced Virtual Support for Special Operations Programs, San Antonio Military Medical Center

Current: Chair, Institutional Bioethics Committee, San Antonio Military Medical Center

Current: Director, Basic Sciences Spaced Education Curriculum, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2016: Medical Director, Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq


Walter RJ. “The Foundations of Medicine and the Prophetic Voice of Catholic Healthcare.” Health Progress 87 (October 2006): 40-45. PMID: 16986470

Walter RJ. “I was Ill and You Cared for Me.” AMA Journal of Ethics 5(May 2007):333-335. PMID: 23228573

Walter RJ. “Recruiting for Military Scholarship Programs on Medical School Campuses.” AMA Journal of Ethics 9 (October 2007): 667-675. PMID: 23228573

Walter RJ. “Can Physicians’ Contractual Obligations Limit Their Professional Obligations?” AMA Journal of Ethics 11(October 2009): 755-760. PMID: 23206938

Kon AA, Walter RJ. “Health Care Ethics Consultation via Telemedicine: Linking Expert Clinical Ethicists and Local Consultants.” AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016 May 1; 18(5): 514-20. PMID: 27213882

Holley AB, Cohee B, Walter RJ, et al. Voluntary hyperventilation is superior to methacholine challenge testing for detecting airway hyperreactivity in nonathletes. J Asthma. 2012 Aug;49(6):614-9. PMID:22793526

Lettieri CJ, Walter RJ. Impact of Group Education on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Adherence. J Clin Sleep Med 2013; 9(6): 537-541. PMID: 23772185

Walter RJ, Moores LK, Jimenez D. Pulmonary Embolism: Current and New Treatment Options. Curr Med Res Opin 2014; Jul 15:1-15. PMID: 24983743

Msliwiec V, Walter RJ, Collen J, Wesensten N. “Military Sleep Management: An Operational Imperative.” Army Medical Department Journal; 2016 Apr-Sep; (2-16): 128-34. PMID: 27215880

Walter RJ, Moores LK. Venous Thromboembolism. Textbook of Critical Care (7th ed), 2015.