Dr. H. Kenneth Walker, MD is Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University and Deputy Chief of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. For more than a decade, he has served as co-director of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Healthcare Partnership, a collaborative effort between institutions in the newly independent nation of Georgia and their Atlanta counterparts, which include the Emory University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Established in 1992, the Partnership contributes medical expertise, manpower, and supplies to Georgia, whose healthcare and medical education systems have been devastated by civil war and economic crisis since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Under Dr. Walker’s leadership, over twenty teams of Emory faculty and staff have traveled to Georgia to assess and address health inequities, and dozens of Georgian medical students have come to train at Emory’s School of Medicine. Among the Partnership’s many accomplishments are the establishment of a National Information Learning System, which provides Georgian healthcare professionals internet access to medical books and journals, the opening of an Emergency Medical Services Training Center, and the development of a core nursing curriculum. Dr. Walker served in the United States Air Force During Vietnam as a Combat Medic.