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Faculty Detail    
Professor of Neurology
Medical Director for Brain Stimulation
Campus Address SC 339 Zip 0017
Phone  (205) 934-0683
Other websites Selected Publications
Human Neuromodulation Laboratory
DBS for Parkinson's Disease: Video Case Study
DBS for Movement Disorders: Continuing Medical Education Lecture
DocTalk Live interview
American Parkinson's Disease Association webinar series
Magic City Medcast podcast series
Neuroengineering as a career choice
NIH BRAIN Initiative
Michael J. Fox Foundation
github link to analysis tools

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  2018 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Neurology   Neurology Chair Office Professor
Center  Civitan International Research Center  Civitan International Research Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Ctr for Exercise Medicine Professor
Center  Neurology   Ctr Neurodegeneration & Exp Ther (CNET) 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
Dr. Walker is an expert on deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders. DBS is more effective than medications and other conventional therapies for motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. Emerging DBS technologies have substantial potential to improve a variety of patient outcomes. However these devices are increasingly adaptable and complex, and we lack robust tools to fully realize their therapeutic potential. Dr. Walker's lab investigates how deep brain stimulation works with electroencephalography, electrocorticography, single unit recordings, neuroimaging, and behavioral assessment in patients with movement disorders. Our goal is to obtain new knowledge about the therapeutic mechanism of DBS and apply these findings to guide technological innovation, both for established indications and for emerging indications in neurology and psychiatry. Currently his research is supported by grants from the NIH BRAIN Initiative and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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