Valencia P. Walker, MD

Valencia Walker

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Dr. Valencia P. Walker serves as the Associate Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she holds joint appointments as Associate Division Chief of Health Equity and Inclusion for the Division of Neonatology and Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

A practicing neonatologist, she champions the elimination of health inequities for pregnant people and their infants. She also advocates for gender equity and speaks extensively throughout the country on intersectionality, microaggressions and anti-racist praxis in science, engineering and medicine/medical education. A physician leader within organized medicine, Dr. Walker is a member of the Executive Committee for the AAP’s Section on Minority Health Equity and Inclusion, in addition to her current position as Program Chair for the Section. She is also the Central Region Representative for the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion.

Previously, she served as president for the Association of Black Women Physicians, a nonprofit organization dedicated to diversifying the physician workforce, advocating for under-resourced communities and promoting health equity. Dr. Walker completed undergraduate studies at the HBCU, Florida A&M University, and received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She finished a Pediatrics residency at UT Memphis and a Neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s Hospital, she served as an inaugural Assistant Dean of Equity and Diversity Inclusion for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and obtained a MPH in Health Policy from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public

Academic and Clinical Areas
  • Neonatology
    Physician Team
  • Primary Department
  • Primary Section
Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Top Doctor Award, Los Angeles Magazine, 2020
  • Career Contribution Award, Graham's Foundation, 2020
  • Dean's Scholar Prize, Gender Violence, Social Justice, and Law at Harvard Law School, 2018
  • 36 Women Physician Leaders to Know, Becker’s Healthcare Spine Review, 2017
  • Sunshine Honoree, Reed for Hope Foundation, 2017
  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 08/01/2020

Board Certifications
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Date Completed: 06/30/2006
Residency LeBonheur Children's Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/2003
Medical School Emory University School of Medicine Date Completed: 05/05/2000
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