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A. Earl Walker, M.D. Professorship in Functional Neurosurgery

School of Medicine

Established in 2008 through commitments made by Agnes Walker, Dr. and Mrs. Irving Sherman, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jennison, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Jennison, Mr. and Mrs. H. Leland Murphy, and an anonymous couple in memory of Dr. A. Earl Walker

WalkerEarlA. EARL WALKER, M.D., earned his medical degree in 1930 from the University of Alberta, completed his internship at Toronto Western Hospital and his residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Chicago. One year after moving to the University of Iowa in 1934 to become an instructor in neurological surgery, he was selected as a Rockefeller Fellow and studied at Yale University, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

Dr. Walker returned to the University of Chicago in 1937 as an instructor in neurological surgery and was promoted to professor during his ten-year stay. From 1945-1946, he was appointed as a major in the Medical Corps of the United States Army and held the position of chief of neurological section at Cushing General Hospital in Massachusetts.

Dr. Walker came to Johns Hopkins in 1947 where he was both neurological surgeon-in-charge and professor of neurological surgery. He established the first neurosurgery residency program and emphasized research training during residency. It was his vision of the academic neurosurgeon as a researcher that kept neurosurgery within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) programs. Dr. Walker remained at Johns Hopkins until 1972 when he moved to the University of New Mexico as a research and teaching professor in the departments of neurology and surgery.

Dr. Walker’s contributions in research, teaching, and patient care had a tremendous influence on the field of neurosurgery.

Held by William S. Anderson

WILLIAM S. ANDERSON, Ph.D., M.D., is a professor of neurosurgery and biomedical engineering. He provides comprehensive treatments such as including deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies for movement disorders including, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.

Dr. William Anderson is also a member of the Epilepsy Surgery team, and performs both resectional procedures such as temporal lobectomy, diagnostic procedures such as implantation of monitoring grids and depth electrodes, and therapeutic neuromodulation using vagal nerve and cortical stimulation. Procedures for pain and spasticity performed include intrathecal baclofen therapy and spinal cord stimulation therapy.