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William O. Walker, MD

William O. Walker, MD

Pediatrics-Inpatient, Developmental Pediatrics

On staff since March 1998

Children's Title: Division Chief; Program Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I take a "whole child" and a "whole family" view with every visit. Though I cant necessarily explain why a child has a disability, I can help solve practical concerns families have about caring for their child right now. I rarely "cure" or "fix" the disorder, but I can promise the family that I am in it with them for the long haul. I carry around a bag of bells and blocks and crayons, I draw on whiteboards and play tic-tac-toe and I give high (and low) fives multiple times every day and no one thinks that is odd at all. I laugh and cry with the patients and their families and am grateful that I can do both."

Recommendations

  • Robert Freeland, WA 05.25.14

    I guess you could say I've loved people especially medical staff all my life; always love seeing all doctors that care for me Dr. Walker is by far an amazing doctor. I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis in 2012, He heard I was in so he came and said hi.

  • Amy Omak, WA 08.21.13

    My daughter has been going to Dr. Walker since the day she was born as she was born with Spina Bifida. I couldn't ask for a better Doctor for my daughter. He is the VERY best. We look forward to our visits with him. He treats our family great and is ALWAYS there if we need anything at all, along with his nurses. Absolutely wonderful.

  • Alexaus Wenatchee, WA 04.25.13

    Wow, Dr. Walker has a great bedside manner. He was so gentle with our baby and she really seemed to respond to him. I feel very comfortable that her truely wants the best for his patients. He seems so knowlegable and is so helpful at giving us skills to manage our baby's disease.

  • Krystle Centralia 12.28.12

    Dr.Walker is a WONDERFUL doctor! He has a great positive attitude, listens to all your concerns and never rushes his appointments!. He has a wonderful bed side manner and is one of the best doctors i have ever seen! I'm so grateful my son and I have him looking over my sons journey with Autism! I highly recommend him!

  • Patty Blaine, WA 08.25.11

    Dr Walker loves his job, he loves his patients and their families. He has a heart made of gold. After seeing him we always leave hopefull and informed. He is a true gem and we are thankful that God provided him as a doctor for our grandson! God bless you Dr Walker! and Thank you so much for all you do!

  • Jamie Kent, WA 08.19.11

    One of the best doctors I have ever meet. He truely approaches things in a whole child and whole family aspect. Not just in the doctors office by in real world as well.

  • Xaviera Seattle,WA 01.31.11

    Our daughter has been a patient of Dr. Walker since she was 2yrs old and she is now 11yrs old. He is so so kind and sweet and caring to your child and to the families. He is correct when he says he looks at the "Whole Child and family" that's exactly what he does!! We are so grateful for his time and compassion he does for children like our daughter! Our family consider him like family now cause he just takes the time to understand the whole picture and don't put a lable on everything which is really nice when children these days are being lable for everything! We love you Dr. Walker and God bless you :) Thank you, McKay- Feigert family

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans

Residency

Pediatrics, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso

Fellowship

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso

Clinical Interests

Myelomeningocele, hydrocephalus, developmental delay, cerebal palsy, autism, spina bifida

Research Description

Currently, there is a particular emphasis on defining effective methods to identify and measure outcomes of specific interventions implemented by a variety of medical providers and disciplines. As part of this effort, serial prospective data collected over the past forty years as part of routine care and maintained in an IRB approved database is being analyzed to establish baseline standards for future comparisons. In conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Urology, the timing and effectiveness of various methods of bowel and bladder management are the current focus. The development of common definitions of continence across several institutions and projects will, hopefully, better establish some common ground for comparison and implementation. There are ongoing discussions with the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery regarding potential overlap with their interest in hydrocephalus, a frequently associated condition in children with neural tube defects. Shunt management and treatment of shunt infections are areas of potential future collaboration. The hope is that these efforts will favorably impact the success of individuals with spina bifida in achieving functional independence and a successful transition to an adult model of care.

The focus of my research efforts is the study and evaluation of neural tube defects and related conditions; it is almost exclusively clinical at this time and represents approximately 10percent of my work effort. In the past several years, I have had the opportunity to participate in both single and multisite projects sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of University Centers on Disability, which have addressed issues related to quality of life, its definition and measurement. This has allowed us to develop networks within the University of Washington (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Disability Policy and Research) as well as with other institutions (Oregon Health Sciences University, Children?s Hospital Los Angeles). Projects addressing the effect of lesion level on employment status, the economic impact of multidisciplinary clinics, and the accessibility of appropriate technology to this population have been presented and discussed at national and international meetings.

Research Focus Area

Chronic Conditions / Special Health Care Needs

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Duncan Award Seattle Children's Hospital 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012
Robert a. Aldrich Endowed Professorship in Birth Defects and Mental Retardation 2011
"Guide to America's Top Pediatricians" Consumer's Research Council of America 2009
Outstanding Teacher Award University of Washington Pediatric Residency Program 2005
BG George J Brown Mentor's Cube Madigan Army Medical Center 2000
 Outstanding Teacher Award, Family Practice Residency Program Martin Army Community Hospital Jan. 1, 1982
 Resident Essay Competition Winner, Texas Pediatric Society Texas Pediatric Society Jan. 1, 1982
Phi Beta Kappa, Tulane University Tulane University Jan. 1, 1975

Publications

  • Glew GM, Frey KS, Walker WO
    Bullying update: are we making any progress?
    Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics , 2010 Sept. : e68-74
  • Cardenas DD, Topolski TD, White CJ, McLaughlin JF, Walker WO
    Sexual functioning in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida.
    Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation , 2008 Jan. : 31-5
  • Johnson CP, Walker WO Jr, Palomo-González SA, Curry CJ
    Mental retardation: diagnosis, management, and family support.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2006 Apr, : 126-65

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Intellectual Disabilities WWAMI Visiting Lectureship Bellingham, WA Dec. 1, 2009
Bowel and Bladder Continence Programs: Improving the Quality of Life 36th National Spina Bifida Conference Orlando, FL June 1, 2009
Beyond Structure and Function: Activity and Participation in Persons with Disabilities Center for Integrative Brain Research Kick-Off Seattle Research Institute, Seattle Jan. 1, 2009

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Seattle Children’s Hospital Spina Bifida Registry Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $108,803.00 Oct. 1, 2009
The Relationship of School-Based Therapy Services on Transition to Adulthood American Physical Therapy Association $31,142.00 July 1, 2009