June 24, 2019
Congratulations to London Health Sciences Centre’s Dr. Robin Walker, who has been recognized nationally for his exceptional dedication and contributions to child health. Just days before his retirement, he was awarded the 2019 Paediatric Academic Leadership Clinician Practitioner Award from the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC).
The award recognizes a clinician whose clinical practice has served as an outstanding environment for the education of trainees and the advancement of practice through knowledge translation and dissemination, and leadership within the discipline. Recipients of this award are remarkable role models for medical trainees as they have led an exemplary professional life as a true advocate for child health, both within an academic and community setting, says the PCC.
In being named a recipient, Dr. Walker is recognized for his leadership roles as Director of Perinatal Paediatrics at The Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick, Chief of Neonatology at Queens University in Kingston, Medical Director of Critical Care at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Vice-President of Medicine at the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre in Halifax, and Integrated Vice President Medical Affairs and Medical Education in London. Throughout all these academic appointments Dr. Walker has been a fully active clinician, researcher, and educator.
Dr. Walker is the former President of the Canadian Paediatric Society, another testament to his well-versed and wide impact regarding the issues in the field of pediatrics in Canada, says the PCC. He was the first Chair of Health Canada’s Paediatric Expert Advisory Committee created in 2009, and was also the Chair of the Canadian Institute of Child Health from 2006-2011.
Outside of his daily work, Dr. Walker has been an active advocate for the health needs of children and youth for more than three decades. He was at the helm of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth (CCCY) as President when the CCCY, with three other organizations, made the public declaration that led to Campaign 2000, Canada’s national public awareness movement to end child poverty. He was later awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee for his “commitment to the right of all children to a healthy start in life”.
Similarly, on Canada Child Day in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Dr. Walker was cited as a “Luminary, who gives profound meaning and power to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child”.
Since 2007, the PCC has promoted the development of excellence and leadership within specific career paths through its Paediatric Academic Leadership Awards. The organization believes the health of children and youth is dependent on leadership in each of the roles of clinician practitioner, clinician educator, clinician investigator and, in association with these roles, the provision of administrative leadership. Throughout his career, Dr. Walker has been a true advocate for child health both in the academic environment and in the community, says the PCC.
Dr. Walker retired from his vice president role on June 19. He continues his clinical practice part-time seeing children at the Developmental Follow-up Clinic at Children’s Hospital at LHSC.