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Walter James Burns Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Respiratory Therapy

In addition to his work as a medical practitioner, Mr. Burns has also earned distinction as a poet.

    VENICE, CA, May 18, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Walter James Burns has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

After losing his parents from tuberculosis in his teenage years, Mr. Burns became an "Inhalation Therapist" in 1966. For the past decade, Mr. Burns has been aligned with Kindred Healthcare as a registered respiratory therapist. Leading by example, he has garnered great renown in the industry. He has secured positions at Southern California Permanente Medical Group/Kaiser (CA), Loma Linda University Medical Center (CA) and Bayley Seton Hospital (NYC) among others. At the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles he gained extensive expertise in neonatal and pediatric intensive care. In 1979 Mr. Burns became Nationally Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Therapy (NBRT). Mr. Burns has held state licenses in California, Arizona and New York.

While working in the field, Mr. Burns returned to college and received degrees in international studies and public administration. Aside from the field of therapy, he began teaching English conversation and casual dialogue in South Korea at the Wilshire English Language School in Seoul, English to Mexican Americans at North Valley Occupational Center, political science courses at Los Angeles Trade Technical College as well as privately teaching Tai Chi Ch'uan to international students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Additionally, Mr. Burns' international experience as an educator included lending his expertise as a text editor and reviewer for Korean-English teacher lecture material.

Adjacent to his work in health care and language education, Mr. Burns has distinguished himself as a poet. His publication of "One Love Left" was notably the recipient of an Editor's Choice award in 1997, presented to him by the Poetry Guild. His poetry expounds upon his deep and varied life experience, from the future of mankind, to visiting friends in Spanish Harlem during the Pre-Civil Rights Movement. Mr. Burns also released "Autobiography of an American Orphan" in 2009, an account of his life after being placed in a New York City multi-cultural orphanage at the age of four years.

Mr. Burns' educational pursuits included becoming a registered respiratory therapist through the NBRT in 1979 and a registered respiratory care practitioner through the Board of Medical Quality Assurance in 1986. He was also licensed as a respiratory therapist through the education department at the University of the State of New York in 1995.

Mr. Burns later pursued additional studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in international relations, cum laude in 1992, a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies in 1993 and a Master of Public Administration in 1996. Additionally, Mr. Burns was awarded certified instructor of the Chinese Arts Wu Shu Kung Fu and Yang form of Tai Chi Ch'uan by the late Grandmaster James Wing Woo, after 15 years of study.

A devoted civic advocate on behalf of his local community, Mr. Burns was an active volunteer with Amnesty International, a nonprofit human rights organization. In honor of his selfless achievements, he was named among the Outstanding College Students of America in 1989. Likewise, due to his dedication in health care, Mr. Burns was recently recognized during Kindred Healthcare Week of Caring for his work on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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