Change Agent

Alonzo Walker, MD

Dr. Walker is the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology and professor of surgery at MCW.

Alonzo Walker, MDDr. Walker is an expert in the diagnosis and management of breast diseases and the treatment of infections in general surgery. He also is a world-class breast cancer surgeon. Within these specializations, Dr. Walker has published more than 80 research publications, chapters and abstracts.

Dr. Walker has received many accolades throughout his career regarding his clinical service. He has been deeply involved in community engagement and has served on many boards and committees throughout Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. Dr. Walker was chief of staff at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital (2002-2005) and since 2000, has been clinical associate professor, department of physician assistant studies, at Marquette University College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Walker joined the MCW faculty in 1983 and has served in many important leadership roles, including chief, department of surgery, division of general surgery (2005-2011); senior associate dean for faculty affairs and diversity (2011-2016); and interim chief diversity and inclusion officer (January-December 2016).

– Samantha Zimmerman

What Drives You?

I am driven by the desire to provide the best clinical care possible for the patients who seek care for a breast disorder – particularly breast cancer.

What Has Been the Highlight of Your Career?

The highlight of my career has been the role I have played in the establishment of a comprehensive clinical breast program at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

What Do You Still Hope to Accomplish Over Your Career?

Being a clinician, I hope that the "model of care" that we provide can be changed such that it is truly patient- and family-focused. Economic considerations should not be the primary driver of the quality of care that we provide to our patients in our health systems.

What Would You Like Your MCW Legacy to Be?

I would like for my MCW legacy to be my willingness to work within the system and with leadership to bring about the necessary changes to enhance the image of MCW in the State of Wisconsin.

What One Piece of Advice Would You Like to Share With Your Colleagues?

It has been previously stated by many that with change, it is not always an issue that one initiates change, but rather how one initiates change. I strongly believe that when initiating change, one must sincerely value all individuals, regardless of his or her status.

Change Agent highlights a Medical College of Wisconsin faculty or staff member who has had significant impact on the institution's mission to be a leading innovator in transforming healthcare and advancing the health of our communities.

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