Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH
Senior research fellow
HealthPartners Medical Group title
Medical Director, HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center; Staff Physician, HealthPartners Center for International Health
Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director, Global Health Pathway, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Joined the Institute
MD, Mayo Medical School; Residency in Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine; Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Certificate in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Certificate in Travel Health, International Society of Travel Medicine; Bush Foundation Medical Leadership Fellowship in Clinical Tropical Medicine, Thailand
Dr. Walker has been a clinician and medical educator focused on refugee and immigrant health care since 1979. She is internationally recognized for her work in defining the body of knowledge that encompasses refugee and immigrant health care. From 2002 to 2004, she chaired the State of Minnesota Immigrant Health Task Force, a group of 70 experts who developed best practices in care for refugees and immigrants in Minnesota that are being shared internationally. Dr. Walker has published multiple clinical articles, invited commentaries and book chapters on refugee and immigrant health and co-edited a 2007 medical textbook, Immigrant Medicine. She has received more than 16 grants totaling more than $1.5 million, focused primarily on defining best practices in culturally competent care and disseminating them in HealthPartners and nationally. She has served on HealthPartners Equitable Care Sponsor and Oversight Groups since their inception and helped lead the subgroup that defined HealthPartners demographic data collection, which is critical to reducing health disparities. She also led the design for the current Equitable Care Fellows Program at HealthPartners. She is currently president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her work was profiled in the Lancet in February 2017. Dr. Walker speaks Thai and Cambodian.
Her career focus has been "globally mobile populations," defining and implementing best practices in care and developing medical education interventions, all to reduce health disparities. Her areas of expertise include refugee and immigrant health care, travel and tropical medicine, globally mobile populations, health disparities and culturally competent/humble health care.