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June 24, 2019

Arkana Physician Spotlight: Dr. Walker

Patrick D. Walker is the founder of Arkana Laboratories and has more than 40 years of experience in the interpretation of native kidney and renal allograft biopsies. Before founding Arkana Laboratories, Dr. Walker was Chief of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Hospital, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1991-2002), and on faculty in the Department of Pathology at Tulane University (1978-1991).
 
Dr. Walker has a passion for advancing the understanding of disease and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles. He has been the principal investigator or co-principle investigator on more than 20 research grants, published multiple book chapters, lectured and participated in grand rounds and conferences in the United States and internationally, and has received numerous teaching, research and service awards. Despite his extensive academic endeavors, he has remained actively committed to clinical work, interpreting biopsies and communicating patient results to our nephrologists daily.
 
Dr. Walker is a leader and a coach at Arkana, generously sharing his expertise and knowledge with our staff pathologists, fellowship trainees, and visitors. He epitomizes servant leadership and consistently leaves everyone he interacts with better than he found them. For those of us lucky enough to work with Dr. Walker, we can attest that he cares enough to challenge you to your full potential but is also willing to help you walk the road to get there. At conferences and in meetings Dr. Walker doesn’t shy away from productive conflict and has even been known to play “devil’s advocate” in order to arrive at the most well thought out conclusion. While he has a lot of fight in him, anyone that has been around him for long knows he has even more heart. One would be hard pressed to find a more caring, generous human.
 
We are deeply, deeply grateful to Patrick Walker. Besides founding and nurturing Arkana in a way that allows us to utilize our knowledge and gifts daily to impact our patients and the world, he has also happily taken to nurturing us. He has led by extraordinary example pushing us all to find our balance, live our best work and home lives, and to seek out the places where our strengths and curiosity meet.