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About Airway World®

Airway World is dedicated to the advancement of airway management.  This site provides easy access to live webinars, podcasts, videos, research reports, airway literature and more. Airway World is brought to you by the founders of The Difficult Airway Course™.

About Airway Management Education Center

Airway Management Education Center (AMEC) is a privately held medical education company founded by Ron M. Walls MD, Michael F. Murphy MD, Robert C. Luten MD, and Robert Schneider MD in 1998. AMEC’s mission is to save lives and improve patient airway care through education. AMEC works with individual providers, hospitals, healthcare systems and physician groups to help create a culture of airway excellence.

The Difficult Airway Course, AMEC’s internationally renowned CME program, teaches an evidence-based, algorithmic approach to the management of difficult and failed airways, incorporating simulated patient encounters. Airway World webinars and podcasts enable medical providers to remain current in the practice of airway management in a quick and easy fashion. The Airway Card™ and The Difficult Airway App™ for iPhone offer critical airway management information for use at the bedside.


Ron-MRon M. Walls, MD

Ron M. Walls is Chief Operating Officer of Mass General Brigham and Nesky Family Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is editor emeritus of the Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management, now in its 5th edition.  In addition, Dr. Walls is Senior Editor of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice and Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Walls founded and is principal investigator of NEAR (National Emergency Airway Registry), a multi-year, multi-center, emergency airway research project that has published more than 25 original reports.  In 2006, Dr. Walls became the first emergency physician to achieve the rank of Professor at Harvard Medical School

MichaelMichael F. Murphy, MD

Dr. Murphy is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology in the United States and Canada. He is Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at University of Alberta. Dr. Murphy is editor of the four editions of the Manual of Emergency Airway Management and co-editor of Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway, now in its second edition. He has published over 70 book chapters and more than 60 articles and abstracts.

Dr. Murphy served on the Canadian Airway Focus Group of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and is a past Board member of the Society for Airway Management. He is an internationally recognized educator in the field of airway management

RobertRobert C. Luten, MD

Robert C. Luten is considered a pioneer in the specialty of pediatric emergency medicine and was a founding board member of that specialty. He has held leadership roles in childhood emergency initiatives in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other national organizations. He was a charter member of the Pediatric Subcommittee on Childhood Resuscitation of the American Heart Association, co-author and co-founder of the PALS program and leading author and editor of the APLS. He is a past president of the Society for Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Luten is the author and principal instructor of the pediatric section of The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency. As creator and author of the studies which formed the basis of the Broselow Tape and the Broselow-Luten Color Coding Kids System, Dr. Luten has dramatically improved the practice of pediatric emergency medicine over the course of his career.

Dr. Luten is professor emeritus of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.