Dr. Joe Coyle, clinical professor for the Masters of Science in Respiratory Care program was awarded the 2023 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Bonner Smith Outstanding Service Award for his years of service to the profession. Coyle received the award at a ceremony during the American Association of Respiratory Care Summer forum win July.
Coyle is board certified anesthesiologist and critical care physician with a long interest in respiratory care education. He is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and did his anesthesiology residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He worked at the Carolinas Medical Center for 25 years in a variety of roles. He was a clinical associate professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte for nine years, where he helped found and direct the online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and the Master of Science in Respiratory Care programs.
Coyle joined Boise State in 2017 as a faculty member and was interim department chair from 2019-2020. He was promoted to clinical professor in 2020 and has been teaching with the master’s program for the past three years.
In 2013, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care established a new award named after Bonner Smith, a public member of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care for over 13 years. The award recognizes one individual annually for demonstrating outstanding and enduring service to the profession of respiratory care through its educational accreditation system. The award is intended to honor individuals for exemplary contributions as members of the commission or its predecessor the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education.