Walker, Patricia F., MD
Senior Research Investigator
About

HealthPartners Medical Group title: Department Chair, HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center.

Joined the Institute: 2011

Education and training: 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.

Overview/research interests: 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.

Current research activities and funding: Dr. Walker works to translate best practices in refugee and immigrant health care to useful electronic medical record tools for clinicians. Projects include:

  • University of Minnesota CTSI grant: Culturally Competent Cancer Screening: Utilizing Granular Demographic Data and Point Of Care Provider Educational Interventions to Improve Identification Of and Care for Foreign-Born Hepatitis B Carriers (The “Global Health Wizard”)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Refugee Center of Excellence
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reduction of Malaria in US Residents Returning From Overseas Travel
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EpiAid investigation: B12 deficiency in Bhutanese Nepali refugees
  • Impact of global health residency training on medical knowledge of immigrant health
  • Practicing medicine in the global village: Use of guidelines and virtual networks
  • Vitamin D deficiency in refugees
  • Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: the GeoSentinel experience
  • Chikungunya: acute fever, rash and debilitating arthralgias in a returning traveler from Haiti
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with zika virus infection in a traveler returning from Guyana
Publications
selected publications
Journal Article
  • Cancer screening in refugees and immigrants: a global perspective
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2022
  • Improving care for patients with chronic hepatitis B via establishment of a disease registry
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2022
  • Global is local: does formal resident global health medical education improve clinical care in the United States?
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2021
  • Hepatitis B evaluation and linkage to care for newly arrived refugees: a multisite quality improvement initiative
    Journal of immigrant and minority health. 2021
  • The cost of global connectivity: faster and more efficient spread of antimicrobial resistance by international travelers - a controversial commentary
    Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2021
  • The value and interpretation of race and ethnicity data in the era of global migration: a change is in order
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2021
  • Travel arrangements in chronic hemodialysis patients: a qualitative study
    Hemodialysis international. International Symposium on Home Hemodialysis. 2021
  • A best practice alert for identifying hepatitis B-infected patients
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2020
  • Barriers to malaria prevention among immigrant travelers in the United States who visit friends and relatives in sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional, multi-setting survey of knowledge, attitudes, and practices
    PloS One. 2020
  • COVID-19 and dexamethasone: a potential strategy to avoid steroid-related strongyloides hyperinfection
    JAMA. 2020
  • Evaluation of a program to improve linkage to and retention in care among refugees with hepatitis B virus infection - three U.S. cities, 2006-2018
    MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2020
  • Case report: epididymo-orchitis due to mycobacterium tuberculosis
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2019
  • Migration medicine: notes on a young science
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2018
  • Prescription drug-dispensing limits in the USA-implications for malaria chemoprophylaxis among VFR travellers
    Journal of Travel Medicine. 2018
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with Zika virus infection in a traveler returning from Guyana
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016
  • Partnerships that facilitate a refugee's journey to wellbeing
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016
  • Chikungunya: acute fever, rash and debilitating arthralgias in a returning traveler from Haiti
    Journal of Travel Medicine. 2014
  • Culturally competent cancer screening
    Minn Physician. 2014
  • Pre-exposure rabies vaccination among US international travelers: findings from the global TravEpiNet consortium
    Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 2014
  • Effect of country of origin, age, and body mass index on prevalence of vitamin d deficiency in a US immigrant and refugee population
    Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2013
  • Lost in translation: a simple lesson about our emergency system might have saved a life
    Minnesota Medicine. 2013
  • Spectrum of illness in international migrants seen at GeoSentinel clinics in 1997-2009, part 1: US-bound migrants evaluated by comprehensive protocol-based health assessment
    Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2013
  • Spectrum of illness in international migrants seen at GeoSentinel clinics in 1997-2009, part 2: migrants resettled internationally and evaluated for specific health concerns
    Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2013
  • Characteristics and spectrum of disease among ill returned travelers from pre- and post-earthquake Haiti: the GeoSentinel experience
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2012
  • Global TravEpiNet: a national consortium of clinics providing care to international travelers--analysis of demographic characteristics, travel destinations, and pretravel healthcare of high-risk US international travelers, 2009-2011
    Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2012
  • Colleague interview: a conversation with Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H
    MetroDoctors. 2011
  • Impact of global health residency training on medical knowledge of immigrant health
    American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2011
  • Practising medicine in the global village: use of guidelines and virtual networks
    CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2011
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency in resettled Bhutanese refugees--United States, 2008-2011
    MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2011
  • A surveillance source of tobacco use differences among immigrant populations
    Nicotine & tobacco research. 2010
  • Disparities in tobacco cessation medication orders and fills among special populations
    Nicotine & tobacco research. 2010
  • Neglected tropical disease: challenges, progress, and hope
    Minnesota Medicine. 2008
  • Role of immigrants and migrants in emerging infectious diseases
    Medical Clinics of North America. 2008
  • Seasonality, annual trends, and characteristics of dengue among ill returned travelers, 1997-2006
    Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2008
  • Tobacco-use prevalence in special populations taking advantage of electronic medical records
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008
  • Maltreatment of strongyloides infection: case series and worldwide physicians-in-training survey
    American Journal of Medicine. 2007
  • Medical problems in returning travelers
    Audio-Digest Fam Pract. 2007
  • When global is local: the culturally competent organization
    Creative Nursing. 2007
  • When the market fails, the poor pay
    Minnesota Medicine. 2007
  • Strongyloides hyperinfection presenting as acute respiratory failure and gram-negative sepsis
    Chest. 2005
  • Biliary liver flukes (Opisthorchiasis and Clonorchiasis) in immigrants in the United States: often subtle and diagnosed years after arrival
    Journal of Travel Medicine. 2004
  • Travel medicine considerations for North American immigrants visiting friends and relatives
    JAMA. 2004
  • Cutaneous tuberculosis in three HIV-infected patients
    Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. 2000
  • Predominance of slow acetylators of N-acetyltransferase in a Hmong population residing in the United States
    Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1996
  • Comparison of the prevalence of the poor metabolizer phenotype for CYP2D6 between 203 Hmong subjects and 280 white subjects residing in Minnesota
    Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 1995
  • Health care of Indochinese refugees
    Minnesota Medicine. 1984
  • Care of Cambodian refugees
    JAMA. 1980
  • Review
  • Where was my patient born? The Intersection of tropical medicine and migrant health [review]
    Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 2021
  • Screening of international immigrants, refugees, and adoptees [review]
    Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 2002
  • Refugee and immigrant health care [review]
    Medical Clinics of North America. 1999
  • Book
    presentations
    Presentation
  • Addressing health disparities in migrant populations: beyond access to health care [presentation], Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM)
  • Asian clinical tropical medicine [presentation]
  • Best practices in managing migrant health [presentation], Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM)
  • Cambodian refugees [presentation]
  • Chronic diseases in Hmong refugees from Wat Tham Krabok, Thailand [presentation], HealthPartners Celebration of Research Annual Conference
  • Components of graduate medical training associated with improved global health knowledge [presentation]
  • Cross cultural health care [presentation]
  • Displaced persons and the diseases that follow [presentation]
  • Emerging stealth infections in refugees and immigrants [presentation], African Refugee Health Best Practices Conference
  • Essentials of running a global health center, sharing programs from all stages [presentation], Albert Einstein College of Medicine Global Health Conference
  • Ethical conundrums in refugee health [presentation], North American Refugee Health Conference
  • Factors influencing emerging infectious diseases in the southeastern United States [presentation]
  • Fever after travel [presentation]
  • Global health threats [presentation], GHIT Conference 2016
  • Globally mobile populations: the Minnesota perspective [presentation]
  • Honoring choices across cultures: teaching interprofessional and multicultural approaches to advance care planning and end-of-life care [presentation], Collaborating Across Borders V (CAB V) Conference
  • How to avoid being lost in translation: best practices in cross cultural communication [presentation]
  • Impressions from a trip to Myanmar [presentation]
  • Infectious disease challenge in immigrant populations [presentation], Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Conference
  • Infectious diseases in immigrant patients: common concerns [presentation]
  • Liver flukes in a Karen refugee [presentation]
  • Medical education in refugee health: translating knowledge into action [presentation], North American Refugee Healthcare Conference
  • Medical education in the global village: health care providers need the proper tools to successfully care for globally mobile populations [presentation], University of Minnesota Global Health Education Conference
  • Migration medicine: notes on a young science [presidential address]
  • Neurotoxic shellfish poisoning: clinical case [presentation]
  • Non-schistosomiasis fluke infection [presentation]
  • Post-migration screening of immigrants and refugees [presentation]
  • Practicing medicine in the global village: our response as educators and clinicians. Refugee health screening guidelines [presentation]
  • Preparation for international travel [presentation]
  • Providing high-quality primary care to refugees and immigrants--cancer screening in immigrants: case studies [presentation]
  • Refugee and immigrant health care 2011 update [presentation]
  • Refugee and immigrant health care--where have we been and where are we going [presentation]?
  • Refugee and immigrant health care: practicing medicine in the global village [presentation]
  • Refugee health [presentation], Emerging Infections Conference
  • The (International) American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: advocacy in action [presentation]
  • The global is local: medical education in a global village [presentation], Global Health Conference
  • The ill returnee from Latin America [presentation]
  • What's new in immigrant health [presentation]
  • Contact
    primary email
  • Patricia.F.Walker@HealthPartners.Com
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