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Faculty Detail    
Associate Professor of Neurology
Medical Director for Surgical Movement Disorders
Campus Address SC 339 Zip 0017
Phone  205-934-0683
Other websites Selected Publications
DBS for Parkinson's Disease: Video Case Study
DBS for Movement Disorders: Continuing Medical Education Lecture

Undergraduate  Birmingham-Southern College    1997  Music 
Medical School  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2001  MD 
Residency  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2005  Neurology 
Fellowship  University of Alabama at Birmingham    2007  Movement Disorders 

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology  2008 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Neurology   Neurology Chair Office Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Associate Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Associate Professor
Center  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Ctr for Exercise Medicine Associate Professor
Center  Neurology   Ctr Neurodegeneration & Exp Ther (CNET) Associate Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Originally from Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Walker graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 1997 with a BA in music. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Following medical school, Dr. Walker pursued his neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Neurological Association 
Movement Disorders Society 
Society for Neuroscience 

Research/Clinical Interest
Deep Brain Stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is more effective than medications and other conventional therapies for motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor, yet its therapeutic mechanism is unknown. Dr. Walker's lab investigates how deep brain stimulation works using a multimodal approach that integrates electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and behavioral measurement in patients with movement disorders. Better understanding how the therapeutic mechanism of DBS relates to clinical outcomes can be applied to optimize care in established indications and guide innovation as DBS is investigated more broadly in neurology and psychiatry.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
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deep brain stimulation, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, essential tremor