Responsibilities: William O. Walker, Jr., is the Robert A. Aldrich Endowed Professor in Birth Defects and Mental Retardation (Pediatrics), University of Washington School of Medicine. He is the Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) and the Co-Interim Director, Clinical Training Unit and the UW LEND training grant.
His clinical activities include patient care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and throughout the WWAMI region, including Alaska.
A major focus of his professional work has been on the training of pediatric specialists and subspecialists. He has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings related to the clinical, academic and programmatic aspects of developmental disability care and research.
Dr. Walker has worked to emphasize the importance of identification and collaboration across agencies utilizing multidisciplinary models to successfully deliver ambulatory and community based health care support and to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. His previous experience as a research PI includes single and multisite research collaborations that have emphasized the application of the ICF (WHO) concepts of activity and participation in the provision of health care to this population.