Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Health Services at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in leadership development and coaching of physicians and other senior healthcare leaders, improving quality measures, and leading change in medical institutions. A seasoned physician executive and clinician, he brings together expertise in clinical systems improvement and a clinically-informed coaching style that has allowed him to assist physicians and senior executives in their journey of self-improvement and professional growth.
After completing a Masters Degree in Health Administration at the UW, Dr. Walker served as Chief Medical Officer for the UW Medical Center and as a core faculty member of the UW Master of Health Administration program. His principal community outreach continues through the Washington State Medical Association’s Center for Leadership, where he has developed evidence-based leadership development programs for senior healthcare executives and physicians.
Dr. Walker is a faculty member in the American Association for Physician Leadership, where he regularly teaches courses in Quality, and is a board member of the Washington State Physicians Health Program.
As a clinician, Dr. Walker spent 20 years as the psychiatric consultant for the UW Family Medicine Clinic and was Chief of Psychiatry at UW Med Center. His career academic research focus has been integration of mental health into primary and specialty care medical settings and the correlation of childhood maltreatment with medically unexplained physical symptoms in adulthood.