Dr. Walker has research projects underway in spina bifida as part of a collaborative agreement between the Association of University Centers on Disability and the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also is participating in a research project evaluating the role of assistive devices in promoting health and reducing the onset and or severity of secondary conditions in patients with spina bifida. Dr. Walker plans to participate in additional multicenter undertakings to address issues of bowel and bladder continence in individuals with spina bifida.
Dr. Walker sees patients at the Neurogenetics Clinic, the Birth Defects Clinic, as well as the Hearing Loss Clinic. He also serves the Outreach Clinics at Olympia, Yakima, and Aberdeen in addition to Telemedicine Services and his work with the in-patient service at Seattle Children's. He is currently focused on improving the coordination of patient care across multiple specialties, especially those involving surgical specialties, within the Neurodevelopmental and Birth Defects Clinic. He also seeks to improve access to neurodevelopmental outpatient services and will do this by clarification of services and providing and establishing additional pre-referral guidelines.
Dr. Walker is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, and frequently lectures a national conferences on spina bifida and metal retardation and developmental disabilities. He serves as the Director of the Neurodevelopmental-Birth Defects Clinic at Seattle Children's. He also serves as the Fellowship Director for our Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Scholarship Training Program. He is a member of the Program Committee for the Northwest Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, and he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Children's Association for Maximum Potential in San Antonio. Finally, he is also a member of the Membership Committee, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Walker serves as a frequent reviewer for the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He also was a reviewer for the Andrew Margileth Award Manuscript Judge, Uniformed Services Section, American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a question writer for Pediatrics in Review and was nominated for the 2004 Family Choice Award at Seattle Children's.