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About Airway World®

Airway World is the only multi-disciplinary, on-line knowledge center dedicated to the advancement of airway management. Airway World provides easy access to live webinars, videos, research reports, airway literature and more! Individuals and organizations are invited to become contributors to this exciting educational resource designed to be the hub of all technology-facilitated airway management activity. 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 and Robert C. Luten, MD in 1998. AMEC’s mission is to save lives and improve patient airway care through education, consulting and resource development. We strive to solve airway problems and challenges faced by the many medical providers tasked with this important responsibility.

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, Airway World Podcasts and AMEC’s live webinars 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 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Nesky Family Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Manual of Emergency Airway Management, the most  widely used emergency airway reference textbook in the world, Senior Editor of Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical  Practice, Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate, Emergency Medicine Editor for American College of Physicians Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of  Journal Watch for Emergency Medicine, published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is a peer reviewer for The New England  Journal of Medicine, the six emergency medicine journals in North America and Europe and the journal, Anesthesia.

Dr. Walls is widely acknowledged to be the premier expert in emergency airway management in the world. He is a highly sought after speaker, both nationally and internationally, and his work and leadership have profoundly influenced the practices related to emergency airway management for over two decades. He is the principle investigator of NEAR (National Emergency Airway Registry), a multi-center, international emergency airway research project that has studied over 16,000 Emergency Department intubations in over 30 centers, and has published seminal work in the field. Dr. Walls has over 130 scientific publications, 10 editions of 4 textbooks, and 18 textbook chapters.

MichaelMichael F. Murphy, MD
Dr. Murphy is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology in the United States and Canada. He is Professor and Chair of the 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 has dedicated his career to the advancement of pediatric emergency care. He 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, jointly sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is  a past president of the Society for Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Luten has edited several textbooks and is widely published in the area of childhood emergencies. He 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 currently professor 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.

Quarterly Airway Management Research Updates

Hosted by Calvin Brown, III, MD, the Quarterly Airway Management Research Update is a 1 hour webinar (live attendees are eligible for 1 hr CME credit) offered 4 times a year by Airway World. The webinars review the latest research in airway management and explores its application in the clinical setting.

Dr. Brown is the National Course Director for The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency, Director of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Airway World contributors are renowned airway experts and rising stars in the field. Many are members of the national faculty of The Difficult Airway Course. Much of the value of Airway World rests on its multi-disciplinary approach. Our contributors come from the fields of emergency medicine, anesthesiology, EMS, critical care, trauma, pediatrics, surgery, otolaryngology and more. Some of our past Airway World webinar presenters include Drs. Ron Walls, Michael Murphy, Bob Luten, Darren Braude, Scott Weingart, Michael Gibbs and Nate Mick.


Airway World is a diverse community of medical professionals with a shared commitment to improving airway care. Our members are physicians, nurse anesthetists, EMS professionals, dentists, respiratory therapists, educators, students, administrators and many other medical professionals. They come from 82 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, and specialize in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, Respiratory Therapy and EMS. Your first visit to Airway World makes you a member of this vibrant, international, multi-disciplinary community. Welcome!