Robert Walker, MD

Walkers, MD

Robert Walker, MD, is a physician at Desert Orthopedic Center, as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery.

Dr. Walker completed his orthopedic surgery residency and internship at the University of Arizona - Phoenix, and a hand surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, in Columbus Ohio.

Dr. Walker's interests include hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder peripheral nerve surgery, along with arthroscopy, tendon and ligament injuries, arthritis, joint replacement/reconstruction, and fracture care.

Education And Training

  • 2021 – 2022

    Cleveland Clinic Hand Fellowship, Cleveland, Ohio
    Hand Surgery Fellowship

  • 2019

    Galeazzi Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery, Milan, Italy
    Hand and Upper Extremity Operating Experience International Bone and Research Association Scholarship Program

  • 2016 - 2021

    University of Arizona Phoenix College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
    Residency Training Program Orthopaedic Surgery

  • 2012 - 2016

    The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
    M.D.

  • 2007- 2011

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, President, Nanotechnology Club at the University of Michigan

  • 2007

    Cleveland Clinic School of EMS, Euclid, OH
    EMT Basic Level

Peer Reviewed Research And Publications

  • Walker R, Castaneda P, Putnam JG, Schemitsch EH, McKee MD. A Biomechanical Study of Tuberosity-Based Locked Plate Fixation Compared to Standard Proximal Humeral Locking Plate Fixation for Three Part Proximal Humeral Fractures. J Orthop Trauma [Internet]. 2020 Apr 30 [cited 2020 May 2];Publish Ahead of Print. Available from: https://journals.lww.com/jorthotrauma/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=9000&issue=00000&article…
  • Walker R, Morrison Z, Campbell M. Trends in Orthopedic Surgery Reimbursement From 2000 to 2015. Orthopedics. 2020 Feb 20;43(3):187–90.
  • Chung, A. S.,Hustedt, J. W.,Walker, R.,Jones, C.,Lowe, J.,Russell, G. V. "Increasing Severity of Malnutrition Is Associated With Poorer 30-Day Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Hip Fracture Surgery." J Orthop Trauma
  • Lloyd Champagne,1,2 Joshua W. Hustedt,1 Robert Walker,1 JohnWiebelhaus,1 and N. Ake Nystrom1,3
  • "Digital Tip Amputations from the Prospective of the Nail" Advances in Orthopedics Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1967192, 6 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1967192
  • Walker, R. Phieffer, L, Bishop, JY. "Four successive years of Trauma Based Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCE): What have we learned?." Journal of Surgical Education. Vol. 73(4), (Aug 2016): 648-54.
  •  Robert Walker , Zachary Morrison, Mark Campbell. “Orthopaedic Surgery Reimbursement Trends From 2000-2015” (Accepted for Publication)
  • Robert Walker, Ryan DiGiovanni, Lauren Nowak, Melanie Macnevin, Michael McKee, Emil Schemitsch“Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” (Submitted for Publication)
  • Robert Walker, Ryan DiGiovanni, Lauren Nowak, Melanie Macnevin, Michael McKee, Emil Schemitsch“Surgical Delay Increases the Rate of 30 Day Complications and Mortality in Lower Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures ” (Submitted for Publication)

Presentations

  • “A Biomechanical Study of Tuberosity-Based Plate Fixation Compared to Standard Proximal Humeral Locking Plate Fixation for Three Part Proximal Humeral Fractures” September 2019 Podium Presentation at Orthopaedic Trauma Association 
  • “Biomechanical Comparison of Flexor Digitorum Profundus Avulsion Repair” September 2019 Electronic Poster at ASSH 
  • “Orthopaedic Surgery Reimbursement Trends From 2000-2015” September 2019 Electronic Poster at ASSH
  • “A Biomechanical Study of Tuberosity-Based Plate Fixation Compared to Standard Proximal Humeral Locking Plate Fixation for Three Part Proximal Humeral Fractures” August 2019 Presentation at Western Orthopaedic Association
  • “A Biomechanical Study of Tuberosity-Based Plate Fixation Compared to Standard Proximal Humeral Locking Plate Fixation for Three Part Proximal Humeral Fractures” March 2019 Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
  • “Orthopaedic Surgery Reimbursement Trends From 2000-2015”August 2019 Presentation at Western Orthopaedic Association
  • “Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” Presentation March 2019 AAOS
  • “Surgical Delay Increases the Rate of 30 Day Complications and Mortality in Lower Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures ” Poster March 2019 AAOS
  • “Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” Presentation October 2018 Arizona Orthopaedic Society
  • “Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” Poster October 2018 Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • “Surgical Delay Increases the Rate of 30 Day Complications and Mortality in Lower Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures ” Poster October 2018 Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • “Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” Presentation August 2018 Western Orthopaedic Association
  • “Surgical Delay Increases the Rate of 30 Day Complications and Mortality in Lower Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures ” Presentation August 2018 Western Orthopaedic Association 
  • “Development and Implementation of a Hand and Plastic Surgery Supply Cart” April 2018
  • Quality Improvement and Safety Poster Day Banner University Medical Center Phoenix 
  • “Early Mortality Triples in Atypical Femur Fractures” May 2018 Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix 
  • “Surgical Delay Increases the Rate of 30 Day Complications and Mortality in Lower Energy Femoral Shaft Fractures ”May 2018 Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
  • "Digital Tip Amputations from the Perspective of the Nail" May 2017 Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
  • “Four successive years of Trauma Based Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations: What have we learned?” June 2015 CORD Conference 128th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association Providence, Rhode Island
  • “Four successive years of Trauma Based Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations: What have we learned?” April 2015 The Ohio State Trainee Research Day Winner of Top 20 Poster Award
  • “Probe and Endoscope Based Confocal Laser Microscopy in Surveillance of Barrett’s Esophagus” April 2014 The Ohio State Trainee Research Day
  • “Nanovector Induced Apoptosis” University of Michigan Symposium April 2009: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • “Nanovector Induced Apoptosis” University of Michigan Symposium April 2008: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Hiram College Azotobacter Genome Project March 2005-2007 Poster presentation on mapping process of Azotobacter genome

Conferences And Courses

  • 2021

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand

  • 2019

    Arizona Orthopaedic Society

  • 2019

    Orthopaedic Trauma Association

  • 2019

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand

  • 2019

    Western Orthopaedic Association

  • 2019

    Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

  • 2019

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 2018

    Arizona Orthopaedic Society

  • 2017

    Resident Research Day University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

  • 2015

    The Ohio State Trainee Research Day Winner of Top 20 Poster Award

  • 2015

    CORD Conference

  • 2014

    The Ohio State Trainee Research Day Winner of Top 20 Poster Award

  • 2014

    Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • 2013

    Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program Ann Arbor, Michigan

International Health

  • 2007, 2008

    Quito, Ecuador

  • 2011-2016

    Kani, Kenya

  • 2016

    Santa Cruz, Guatemala

  • 2016

    Milan, Italy

Volunteer Experience

  • March 2015

    Arnold Classic, Medical Team: Columbus, OH.

  • 2014

    Emergency Disaster Drill: Columbus, OH

  • 2012-2016

    Columbus Free Clinic: Columbus, OH

  • 2011-2016

    Kani Africa, Sustainable education in rural African schools: Aurora, OH

  • 2011

    Robinson Memorial Hospital Patient Care Coordinator: Ravenna, OH

  • 2008-2010

    Delta Kappa Epsilon, Philanthropy Chair: Ann Arbor, MI

  • 2008-2010

    Nanotechnology Club Inner City Outreach: Ann Arbor, MI

  • June 2007, June 2008

    Medical Mission Outreach, Translator and Triage: Quito, Ecuador

  • 2006, 2007

    AIDS Walk: New York, NY

  • 2006

    Genome Mapping Project at Hiram College, Student Instructor: Hiram, Ohio

Professional Memberships

  • 2019

    American Society for Surgery of the Hand - Resident Member

Languages

  • English Native Speaker
  • Spanish Conversational
  • Italian Basic

Professional Experience

  • 2014-2016

    Health Coach

  • 2011-2016

    MCAT and ACT Instructor, Kaplan Test Prep Services, Inc.

  • 2008

    EMT Team Leader, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Awards And Honors

  • 2019

    ASSH Resident Scholar: Las Vegas, NV

  • 2018

    AOFAS Resident Scholar: Boston, MA

  • 2015

    Honors: Psychiatry

  • 2015

    Letters: Internal Medicine

  • 2015

    Letters: Neurology

  • 2014

    Nominated for Gold Humanism

  • 2013

    Intramural Research Scholarship (Rosselar)

  • 2013

    Letters: Endocrinology, Reproduction

Hobbies And Activies

Fly Fishing, Certified SCUBA Diver, Skiing, Avid Hockey Player, Guitar Player, Chess

  • american orthopaedic association
  • american medical association
  • cleveland clinic
  • state university of new york