Prof David Walker

BMedSc, MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Prof David Walker is a neurosurgeon, specialising in surgical treatment of conditions of the brain and spine. He has been associated with BrizBrain & Spine since its foundation in 2005.

Prof Walker completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland. He then studied for a doctorate PhD at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research on the Molecular Genetics of Astrocytomas (brain tumours) before undertaking advanced neurosurgical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Prof Walker was a Neuro-Oncology Fellow at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA and was also appointed a position at Harvard University during this time. In the United States he underwent advanced neurosurgical training in the management of brain and pituitary tumours.

Prof Walker has a special clinical interest in:

  • Neuro-oncology, especially surgery for low grade gliomas
  • Spinal surgery

He remains active in research, both at the clinical and basic science level through his links with the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Newro Foundation.

He continues to advance his skills in all areas of neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

Prof Walker is also a Professor in the Faculty Medicine at the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Bond University.

Professional memberships:

Dr David Walker consults at:

  • The Wesley Hospital
  • St Andrew’s Hospital
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
  • Lismore

Selected Publications

Robinson, G., Biggs, V. & Walker, D. (2012). Cognitive assessment in Brain Tumour. Asia-pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(Suppl. 2), 65-66.

Baird, A., Walker, D.G., Biggs, V., & Robinson, G. (2014). Selective preservation of the beat in apperceptive amusia: a case study. Cortex, 53, 27-33.

Robinson, G., Cipolotti, L., Walker, D.G., Biggs, V., Bozzali, M., & Shallice, T. Verbal suppression and strategy use: A role for the right lateral prefrontal cortex? (submitted to Brain).

Robinson, G. Walker, D.G., Biggs, V. Cognitive Screening in Brain Tumours: Short but sensitive enough? (abstract accepted for special issue of Frontiers in Oncology, Neuro-Oncology Research Topic: Psychosocial advances in Neuro-Oncology).

Robinson, G. Walker, D.G., Biggs, V. & Shallice, T. Does use of a strategy overcome a suppression failure? Evidence from two left frontal brain tumour cases. (in preparation for Cortex).

Robinson, G. Walker, D.G., Biggs, V. Dissociations in apathy following a large left frontal meningioma: A longitudinal study. (in preparation for Neuropsychologia).

Conference Presentations (Oral and Poster)

Robinson, G. Walker, D.G., Biggs, V. (2012). Cognitive assessment following brain tumour resection. Platform paper presented at the Cooperative Group for Neuro-Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, Australia. ***Won prize for Best Abstract***

Robinson, G., Walker, D.G., Cipolotti, L., Biggs, V., Bozzali, M., & Shallice, T. (2014). Prefrontal contributions to initiation, suppression and strategy: A neuropsychological study of focal frontal patients. Poster presented at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Brisbane, Australia.

Robinson, G. Walker, D.G., Biggs, V. Cognitive Screening in Brain Tumours: Short but sensitive enough? Oral presentation accepted for the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders Biennial Meeting in Hong Kong (November, 2014).

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