• KCU Board Chair Recognized as Wichita Health Care Hero

    Walker Marshall KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 18, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Board of Trustees chair, Marshall D. Walker, DO, recently received special recognition as one of Wichita’s heroes in health care by the Wichita Business Journal.

    The Wichita Business Journal awarded Dr. Walker the Health Care Hero in Education Award at a celebration to honor companies, individuals and organizations for their contributions to improving health care in Wichita and the surrounding area.

    Dr. Walker is the director of medical education for the American Osteopathic Association training programs at Via Christi Health. He also serves as a clinical professor of surgery for Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM).

    Prior to a second career as an education administrator, Dr. Walker practiced for 35 years as an otolaryngologist. He said when he retired from practice as a surgeon, he knew he wasn’t ready to set aside his passion for medicine.

    “I had the good fortune to learn from excellent faculty and attending physicians as I trained to become an osteopathic physician,” Dr. Walker said. “I wanted to continue to impact the future of medicine by helping new doctors in their graduate medical education the same way those doctors invested in me.”

    In addition to his current position at Via Christi Health and KCU, Dr. Walker also serves as adjunct clinical professor of surgery for A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and clinical assistant professor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita.

    Dr. Walker earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, now known as KCU, in 1972.

    He is a member of the Collegiate of Fellows of the American Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education and is a recipient of the KCU Robert G. Ricci, DO, Outstanding Educator Award.

    Until January 2013, Dr. Walker served on the KCU Board of Trustees and in 2012 served as its chair. From January to July 2013, in addition to his duties at  Via Christi Health, Dr. Walker served as president and chief executive officer for KCU. He has now resumed his membership on the University’s Board of Trustees and  currently serves as the chair.

    Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer for KCU, said he applauds Dr. Walker’s special passion and commitment to ensure the success of KCUMB’s graduates, the institution and its mission.

    “Dr. Walker’s support for KCU, the education of  future physicians, and the practice of osteopathic medicine has gone far beyond the normal expectations of any alumnus or physician,” Dr. Hahn said.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas. 


    Posted: 10/18/2013

    Category: Faculty, Osteopathic Medicine, General