Special Recognition / Awards
Dr. Alonzo Walker appointed Interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Diversity
This memo is from Jonathan I Ravdin, MD, Dean and Executive Vice President
March 1, 2010 College News - I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alonzo Walker has agreed to serve as the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. Dr. Walker is the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology, Chief of the Division of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program and Chairman of the Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee. This appointment is effective March 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.
Later this Spring, the College will initiate a national search for a Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity; however, Dr. Walker will immediately begin the critical assessment of our current Faculty Affairs and Diversity activities and, based on the recommendation of the Self-Study and External Review undertaken last year, begin to implement needed programmatic and organizational improvements.
Dr. Walker will work with Dr. Alan David, who will continue to serve as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs until July 1, 2010, thus providing needed continuity. I wish to acknowledge the tremendous service to the College that Dr. David has provided since 2006 in this capacity. His sage leadership and advice have been much appreciated.
Dr. Walker is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, trained in Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Maryland, where he served as Chief Resident, and joined the Medical College in 1983 as Assistant Professor of Surgery. He rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 2002 and was named the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology and Chief of General Surgery in 2005.
Dr. Walker has provided tremendous service to Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC), most recently as Director of the Froedtert Breast Care Center (1996-present), Chief of Staff of Froedtert Hospital (2002-2005) and also as the Chair of the MCW Credentialing Committee (1998-present).
Dr. Walker has received many honors for his clinical service and leadership in minority affairs and medical education, including National Defense Service Medal for his service in the U.S. Army Reserve during Desert Storm (1991); Black Excellence Award in Health from the Milwaukee Times (1995); Appreciation Award from the Med-Prep Program, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1996); Outstanding Surgical Educator awarded by the College’s medical students, Medical College of Wisconsin (1998); “Local Hero” honor from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and BMW of North American: “The Ultimate Drive” (2006); Distinguished Achievement Award, Milwaukee Academy of Medicine (2006); and Black History Month Recognition Award, Medical College of Wisconsin Chapter of Student National Medical Association (2009).
He also has a long record of community engagement, including service to the Milwaukee Comprehensive Community Health Board of Directors (1985-1989); Cancer in Black Americans Committee, Milwaukee Division-American Cancer Society (1984-1985); American Cancer Society-Wisconsin Division, Board of Directors (1994-1998); Rainbow Community Health Centers, Board of Directors (1996-1998); and the Milwaukee Affiliate-Susan G. Komen Foundation, Board of Directors (1999-2006).
Dr. Walker is an expert in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, the treatment of infections in general surgery and is a world-class breast cancer surgeon. He has more than 80 research publications, chapters, and abstracts in areas of his expertise. Most importantly, he has a tremendous commitment to faculty affairs, leadership and diversity; he has provided great wisdom and leadership in many roles over his 25 plus years at the Medical College. Al is enthusiastic about this opportunity to help further improve our community of learners and faculty.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Al Walker. I look forward to working closely with him.