November 4, 2011
David Walker, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Policy Studies, Queen's University
David Walker is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, who served as the Director of the School of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's from 1999 to 2010. He was an emergency physician for 25 years until 2000 and continues as a member of the attending staff of Kingston General and Hotel Dieu hospitals in Kingston. These various experiences motivated an increasing interest and engagement in health policy. Dr. Walker chaired the Province of Ontario's Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control (2004), and the subsequent Expert Panel on the Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in the City of Toronto (2005). He has served, by order in council, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of the ONtario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario, 2007-10) and more recently served as the Provincial Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Lead in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, reporting to the Ontario Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. He currently chairs the Principal's Commission on Mental Health at Queen's University.