Dr. G. Ross Walker, Associate DeanDr. Ross Walker was appointed Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine for an initial term from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013.
Following receipt of his MD from the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Walker completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at Queen's University. He subsequently undertook a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York and returned to Queen's in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the Department Surgery. Dr. Walker was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and he has served in the role of Special Advisor to the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education since September 2009.
In addition to maintaining a busy surgical practice where he has served as Service Chief for General Surgery since 1995, Dr. Walker has been actively involved with the education of medical students and residents. He served as the Core Surgery Program Director from 1991 to 1997 and, since 1997, he has been the General Surgery Program Director. In this role, he has successfully guided the general surgery program through successive accreditation reviews by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Recognized nationally for his contributions to clinical education, Dr. Walker served as Chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee for the Canadian Association of General Surgeons from 2002 to 2005 and he has been the Executive Secretary of the Royal College General Surgery Examination Board since 2004. At a provincial level, he has served as the General Surgery Lead Program Director of the Centre for Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad. In 2006 Dr. Walker was the recipient of the Residency Program Excellence Award from the Professional Association of Internes and Residents and in 2008 he received the Certificate of Merit Award from the Canadian Association of Medical Education.