Meet the Medical Chairs of our 14th National Conference on Hydrocephalus!

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For more than 30 years, the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) has brought our community together through a variety of events including our Community Network meetings, WALKS in cities across the country, advocacy days on Capitol Hill, and at our biennial National Conference on Hydrocephalus. The Conference this year will be held June 16 – 19, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Every one of our conferences is planned with the guidance and input of our Medical Chairs. Working with HA staff, our Medical Chairs develop the agenda, brainstorm new conference sessions based on the support inquiries we receive throughout the year, and identify scientists to update our community on the latest advances in hydrocephalus research.

We are honored to have Dr. Marion Walker and Dr. Michael A. Williams chair our 14th National Conference on Hydrocephalus.

Marion Walker MDDr. Marion “Jack” Walker

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 Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery/Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Utah Health Sciences 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 recently served as Chairman of the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowships.

Dr. Walker is the Chair of the Hydrocephalus Association Medical Advisory Board, for which he has been a member for many years. He joined the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association in 2008.



Michael A. Williams NeurologistDr. Michael A. Williams

Dr. Williams is a practicing neurologist and Professor with the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

He received his M.D. 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 moved to Sinai Hospital in 2007 to become Medical Director of the Brain & Spine Institute, where he also established and directed their Adult Hydrocephalus Program through 2015.

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 significant recovery can be attained 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. With research funding from the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, he is currently investigating 2 potential noninvasive methods for measuring ICP.

Dr. Williams 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 to create the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF), hosted their first scientific conference in September 2009, and served as the president of the ISHCSF. In 2013, he was invited by the Institute of Medicine to comment on NASA’s Evidence Report on the Risk of Spaceflight-Induced Intracranial Hypertension/Vision Alterations. He also has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel to the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation.

He is actively involved in patient advocacy with the Hydrocephalus Association, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of our Medical Advisory Board, for which he has been a member for many years, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association.

Dr. Williams is also recognized in the field of biomedical ethics. He chaired the Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, was the associate editor for Ethics for Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology, and has given invited lectures at the American Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the AAAS/Dana Foundation-sponsored Judicial Seminars on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience.

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4 Comments for : Meet the Medical Chairs of our 14th National Conference on Hydrocephalus!
  1. Reply

    My husband underwent 3 times shunt he was 65 then 3 times shunt 2014 and shunt remove 2015 tolerated well when CSF clamp.On the process then he suffered meningitis,peritonitis,gallbladder explode Septicemia set in stays Hosp for months that time .I need farther management without the shunt currently stable my husband 67 yrs. old now he cannot write talk walk spastic.Your advice is highly appreciated.

    • Gloria Kohler
    • March 17, 2016

    oops, I meant Dr. Walker!!!

    • Gloria Kohler
    • March 17, 2016

    My husband, age 73, has just been diagnosed with NPH. He does not wish to undergo any surgical interventions and has been told by his Neurogolist, Dr. Chun, Everett Clinic, WA that participating in OTC and a regular exercise regimen that his symptoms “may” reduce and slow down their progression. Any comments about this recommendation? Would it be a good idea to get a second opinion from Dr. Williams. We live on Whidbey Island so if Dr Williams is still at Univ of WA the commute would be easy .

    • George Krasker
    • March 10, 2016

    I am 81 and have Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. My neurosurgeon says that a shunt is not appropriate, but I’d still like to know if there’s anything I can do to improve my gait. Can I please get the texts of the papers that will be read at the Minneapolis conference?

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