Dr. Walker completed a fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology following her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Her current research interests bridge epidemiology and basic science principles to study three areas: 1) the impact of the gestational environment on fetal risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, 2) the effect of gestational age and maternal physiology on extra-fetal hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell populations and, 3) costs and risks associated with early births, with the goal of using evidence-based principles to reduce avoidable early deliveries, including those resulting from elective induced labors and cesarean deliveries.
Dr. Walker is an investigator on a number of research projects at the Center for Children’s Environmental Health and the M.I.N.D. Institute here at UC Davis. Dr. Walker’s clinical interests are in general obstetrics & gynecology, infectious diseases, and family planning, and her practice is with the Department of Health and Human Services through Sacramento County.
Maternal Fetal Medicine
M.D., UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco CA 1985
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1989
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco CA 1991
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1991
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Social Health Association
Infectious Disease Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Honors and Awards
Graduated cum laude with honors in history, 1980
Graduated cum laude with honors in history, University of California, San Francisco Chapter, 1980