Ed Walker is founding director of the University of Washington Healthcare Leadership Development Alliance and the Cheryl M. Scott/Group Health Cooperative professor of health services and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Walker is nationally recognized for expertise in coaching and developing physician and senior health care leaders, improving quality measures and leading change in medical institutions. The alliance is an interdisciplinary research and training center that uses evidence-based leadership development concepts to aid professional development of health care leaders.
Walker served as chief medical officer for the UW Medical center from 2002-2008 and is a nationally recognized leader in the development of innovative physician leadership education to increase performance and effectiveness. He directs the University of Washington Certificate in Medical Management program and is a board member of the Washington Physicians Health Program.
In addition to maintaining his clinical practice, Walker is a core faculty member of the UW master’s program in health administration. He designs and provides professional development programs to the Washington State Medical Association as well as governance education for the Washington State Hospital Association.