Prof Walker is a Neurosurgeon specialising in surgical treatment of conditions of the brain and spine. He has been associated with BrizBrain and Spine since its foundation in 2005. Prof Walker has a special interest in brain tumours, especially surgery for low grade gliomas, and has been practicing at the Wesley since 2004.
Prof Walker completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland. He then studied for a doctorate PhD at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research on the Molecular Genetics of Astrocytomas (brain tumours) before undertaking advanced neurosurgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Prof Walker was a Neuro-Oncology Fellow at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA and was also appointed a position at Harvard University during this time. In the United States he underwent advanced neurosurgical training in the management of brain and pituitary tumours.
Since returning to Brisbane in 2001, he has worked as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, and has now been in full-time private practice since 2009. His major areas of clinical expertise continue to be in Brain and Pituitary Tumours, as well as in treatment of degenerative spinal conditions using minimally invasive techniques.
Prof Walker has developed an extensive research program in brain tumours, and is Managing Director of the NEWRO Foundation, which conducts brain tumour trials in collaboration with other institutions such as the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the University of Queensland. He regularly presents his work at national and international meetings and continues to publish in peer-reviewed journals.