Leslie R. Walker, MD, is chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Childrens Hospital and professor and vice chair of faculty affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Walker also co-directs the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Seattle Childrens Hospital and is Director of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health ( LEAH) multidisciplinary training program. She earned her MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Chicago, and her Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her research has been focused on adolescent risk behaviors spanning adolescent substance abuse and ADHD to adolescent pregnancy prevention and she has written articles on adolescent substance use prevention and treatment and has appeared on many media venues. She is a past President for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, (SAHM), and has served on many national committees and boards dedicated to the health and well-being of adolescents. She has been appointed to a number of committees at the Academy of Sciences, within the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and is currently on an IOM committee to improve the health and well being of young adults in the United States.