For more than 20 years, the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) has been bringing families and professionals together at the National Conferences on Hydrocephalus. The 2012, 12th Conference: Getting to the Heart of Hydrocephalus is no exception.
This year we are thrilled to have Drs. Marion L. Walker and Michael A. Williams chairing the conference. Both have been great supporters of HA and the hydrocephalus community.
Dr. Walker received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University and Mississippi College. He received his M.D. degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine in 1969. An internship in General Surgery at Latter-Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, 1969-1970, was followed by residency training in General Surgery from 1970-1971 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He completed his neurosurgery residency training between 1971 and 1976 at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He also completed a 12-month fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Walker is Professor of Neurosurgery in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery/Department of Neurological Surgery and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center and the Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. His research interests are hydrocephalus and spasticity. He is a former Chairman of the Pediatric Section of the AANS, the Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He has served as President of the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery and is a past Editor of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. He is a founding member of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and has served as the Chairman of that organization. He is currently Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships. Dr. Walker has been a member of the Hydrocephalus Association Medical Advisory Board for many years and currently serves as Chairman of the MAB. He joined the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association in 2008.
He received his MD and Neurology training at Indiana University Medical Center, finishing in 1989. After a fellowship in Neurosciences Critical Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he joined the Department of Neurology faculty in 1991 where he was an NCCU attending physician and also established the Adult Hydrocephalus Center. He served on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee from 1992-2007, and was Co-Chair from 1999-2007. He was on the JHU Bioethics Institute Faculty from 1996-2007. He moved to Sinai Hospital in 2007 to become Medical Director of the Brain & Spine Institute, where he also established and directs their Adult Hydrocephalus Program.
Dr. Williams’ research and publications in hydrocephalus represent the systematic analysis of specialized clinical care, and include demonstration of best methods for diagnosing normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), evidence that there is significant recovery with treatment; descriptions of new syndromes such as SHYMA, the use of physiologic monitoring to diagnose hydrocephalus and related disorders, and demonstration of the national economic impact of treating or not treating NPH. He co-chaired the first-ever NINDS Workshop on hydrocephalus in 2005, and was on the steering committee for the 2009 NINDS and Hydrocephalus Association supported conference, “Improving outcomes in hydrocephalus: Bridging the gap between basic science and clinical management”. In 2008, he helped create the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF), hosted their first scientific conference in September 2009, and is currently the President-elect of the ISHCSF. He has either taught or been director for courses related to hydrocephalus and disorders of intracranial pressure at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting for many years. He is actively involved in patient advocacy with the Hydrocephalus Association, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation.
While Chair of the AAN’s ELHC, he led the development of updated AAN guidelines for the physician expert witness, an AAN position statement on laws and regulations concerning life-sustaining treatment, including artificial nutrition and hydration, and the addition to the AAN Code of Professional Conduct of a prohibition against neurologist participation in legally authorized executions. Since 2005, he has been the Associate Editor for Ethics for Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology’s self-study continuing medical education publication. Dr. Williams has served on advisory committees for the Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the United Network for Organ Sharing. He has given invited lectures at the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and at AAAS/Dana Foundation-sponsored Judicial Seminars on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience.
Stay tuned for more details about the conference in future announcements!