American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Board of Trustees

walker.jpgBarbara E. Walker, DO
Trustee
Kure Beach, North Carolina

Barbara E. Walker, DO, of Kure Beach, North Carolina, is an AOA board-certified family physician. She currently is a contracted family physician with the family medicine residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Prior to that, she spent more than 14 years teaching medical students and performing various administrative roles at the family medicine residency program, ultimately serving as program director of the osteopathic family medicine residency. Dr. Walker also held numerous other academic appointments, including an associate professorship in family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an associate professorship in family medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, and an adjunct clinical professorship at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A member of the AOA’s Board of Trustees since 2007, Dr. Walker has served in numerous capacities, including chair of the Bureau of Membership and chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research. At the state level, Dr. Walker is President Emeritus of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) and a recipient of the NCOMA Distinguished Service Award in 2008. Dr. Walker was recognized as a Great Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine by the American Osteopathic Association in 2012.

Dr. Walker served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Campbell University, site of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, North Carolina from 2012-2015. In 2013, Dr. Walker was appointed to the North Carolina Medical Board and was elected Secretary/Treasurer of that board in 2016. She served on the nominating committee for the Federation of State Medical Boards from 2014-2016.

After earning her osteopathic medical degree from what is now the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, Dr. Walker entered the Army and completed an internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas, followed by a residency in family practice at Womack Army Community Hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dr. Walker has had a distinguished military career spanning more than 20 years in the U.S. Army She served active duty in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia. She was attached to the 307th Medical Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division and has the distinction of being the first female physician ever to deploy with the 82nd Airborne Division (and the only grandmother physician in the 82nd Airborne in Desert Shield/Desert Storm). Dr. Walker retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 with the rank of Colonel.