Francis O. Walker, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.6 out of 5

49 Ratings

Francis O. Walker, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Electromyography, Botulinum Toxin

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Education & Training

  • B.A., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1974
  • M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, 1978
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, U Iowa Hosps & Clinics, 1979
  • Residency, Neurology, U Iowa Hosps & Clinics, 1981
  • Fellowship, U Iowa Hosps & Clinics, 1982
  • Fellowship, Univ of Michigan Medical Sch, 1983

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine

NPI Number

  • 1639155724
Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

49 Ratings

Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Center for Public Health Genomics

Research Interests

drugs/therapeutic agents pharm, neurosciences/behavior

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Recent Publications

Arcury TA, Chen H, Mora DC, Walker FO, Cartwright MS, Quandt SA. The effects of work organization on the health of immigrant manual workers: a longitudinal analysis. Arch Environ Occup Health. 2016;71(2):66-73.

Sandberg JC, Nguyen HT, Quandt SA, Chen H, Summers P, Walker FO, Arcury TA. Sleep quality among Latino farmworkers in North Carolina: examination of the job control-demand-support model. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016;18(3):532-541.

Seok JI, Walker FO, Kwak SG. Evaluation of extensor digitorum brevis thickness in healthy subjects: a comparative analysis of nerve conduction studies and ultrasound scans. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016;127(2):1664-1668.

Cartwright MS, Yeboah S, Walker FO, Rosenbaum DA, Newman JC, Arcury TA, Mora DC, Quandt SA. Examining the association between musculoskeletal injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome in manual laborers. Muscle Nerve. 2016;51(1):31-35.

Quandt SA, Walker FO, Talton JW, Summers P, Chen H, McLeod DK, Arcury TA. Olfactory function in Latino farmworkers: subclinical neurological effects of pesticide exposure in a vulnerable population. J Occup Environ Med. 2016;58(3):248-253.

Walker FO, Koman LA, Apel PJ. Glomus tumor and the contribution of nerve ultrasound, an additional case [letter]. Muscle Nerve. 2016;():.

Laurienti PJ, Burdette JH, Talton J, Pope CN, Summers P, Walker FO, Quandt SA, Lyday RG, Chen H, Howard TD, Arcury TA. Brain anatomy in Latino farmworkers exposed to pesticides and nicotine. J Occup Environ Med. 2016;58(5):436-443.

Biglan KM, Shoulson I, Kieburtz K, Oakes D, Kayson E, Shinaman MA, Zhao H, Romer M, Young A, Hersch S, Penney J, Marder K, Paulsen J, Quaid K, Siemers E, Tanner C, Mallonee W, Suter G, Dubinsky R, Gray C, Nance M, Bundlie S, Radtke D,. Clinical-genetic associations in the Prospective Huntington at Risk Observational Study (PHAROS): implications for clinical trials. JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(1):102-110.

Lovin BD, Griffin LP, Walker FO, Baute V, Caress JB, Cartwright MS. A retrospective study of ultrasound guidance for diagnostic lumbar punctures. J Sci Med. 2016;2(1):25-30.

Walker FO, Ouvrier R. Seeing big nerves in small children [editorial]. Neurology. 2015;84(6):552-553.

Feng X, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Bargoil JH [sic] [Bargoil JM], Hu Y, Butler SG. Ultrasonographic evaluation of geniohyoid muscle and hyoid bone during swallowing in young adults. Laryngoscope. 2015;125(8):1886-1891.

Sarwal A, Cartwright MS, Mitchell E, Williams K, Walker FO, Childers MK. Guiding intramuscular diaphragm injections using real-time ultrasound and electromyography. Muscle Nerve. 2015;51(2):287-289.

Nguyen HT, Quandt SA, Summers P, Morgan TM, Chen H, Walker FO, Howard TD, Galvan L, Arcury TA. Learning ability as a function of practice: does it apply to farmworkers?. J Occup Environ Med. 2015;57(6):676-681.

Tawfik EA, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Neuromuscular ultrasound of cranial nerves. J Clin Neurol. 2015;11(2):109-121.

Tawfik EA, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. A pilot study of diagnostic neuromuscular ultrasound in Bell's palsy. J Neuroimaging. 2015;25(4):564-570.

Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ultrasound in neurolymphomatosis: the rise of the machines [editorial]. Neurology. 2015;85(9):746-747.

Cartwright MS, Griffin LP, Dowlen H, Bargoil JM, Caress JB, Li ZJ, Defranzo AJ Jr, Wiesler ER, Tuohy CJ, Balakrishnan N, Molnar JA, Baute V, Koman LA, Poehling GG, Walker FO. A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.

Nguyen HT, Kritchevsky SB, Foxworth JL, Quandt SA, Summers P, Walker FO, Arcury TA. A pilot study of gait function in farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina. J Agromedicine. 2015;20(4):427-433.

Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Newman JC, Schulz MR, Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Mora DC, Chen H, Eaton B, Quandt SA. One-year incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Latino poultry processing workers and other Latino manual workers. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(3):362-369.

Arcury TA, Cartwright MS, Chen H, Rosenbaum DA, Walker FO, Mora DC, Quandt SA. Musculoskeletal and neurological injuries associated with work organization among immigrant Latino women manual workers in North Carolina. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(4):468-475.

Edmondson M, Lo D, Dawson S, Walker F, Scott B, Keelean-Fuller D, Canning J, Bolton LW, Holder L. HD reach: a collaborative model of healthcare delivery for Huntington's disease patients and families [abstract]. Neurotherapeutics. 2014;11(1):225.

Grant PA, Walker FO, Kincaid JC. Choosing wisely: highest cost tests in outpatient neurology [letter]. Ann Neurol. 2014;75(3):454.

Sarwal A, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Mitchell E, Buj-Bello A, Beggs AH, Childers MK. Ultrasound assessment of the diaphragm: preliminary study of a canine model of x-linked myotubular myopathy. Muscle Nerve. 2014;50(4):607-609.

Arcury TA, Nguyen HT, Summers P, Talton JW, Holbrook LC, [sic] [Holbrook LG], Walker FO, Chen H, Howard TD, Galvan L, Quandt SA. Lifetime and current pesticide exposure among Latino farmworkers in comparison to other Latino immigrants. Am J Ind Med. 2014;57(7):776-787.

Seok JI, Kim JW, Walker FO. Spontaneous spinal accessory nerve palsy: the diagnostic usefulness of ultrasound [letter]. Muscle Nerve. 2014;50(1):149-150.

Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Newman JC, Arcury TA, Mora DC, Haiying C, Quandt SA. Muscle intrusion as a potential cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2014;50(4):517-522.

Stone SL, Cartwright MS, Panea OR, Vann RC, Magruder JL, Walker FO. Neuromuscular ultrasound findings in polyneuropathy secondary to disulfiram. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2014;31(6):e18-e20.

Cartwright MS, Kwayisi G, Griffin LP, Sarwal A, Walker FO, Harris JM, Berry MJ, Chahal PS, Morris PE. Quantitative neuromuscular ultrasound in the intensive care unit. Muscle Nerve. 2013;47(2):255-259.

Sarwal A, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Neuromuscular ultrasound for evaluation of the diaphragm. Muscle Nerve. 2013;47(3):319-329.

Walker FO. Measuring severity and dolor almighty [editorial]. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013;124(3):435-436.

Cartwright MS, Mayans DR, Gillson NA, Griffin LP, Walker FO. Nerve cross-sectional area in extremes of age. Muscle Nerve. 2013;47(6):890-893.

Cartwright MS, Demar S, Griffin LP, Balakrishnan N, Harris JM, Walker FO. Validity and reliability of nerve and muscle ultrasound. Muscle Nerve. 2013;47(4):515-521.

Kieburtz K,Landwehrmeyer GB, Cudkowicz M, Dorsey ER, Feigin A, Hunt V, Kayson E, McDermott M, Noonberg S, Seitz W, Soliver P, Walker F. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of latrepirdine in patients with mild to moderate Huntington disease. JAMA Neurol. 2013;70(1):25-33.

Suk JI, Sigur CM, Walker FO. Superficial fibular neuropathy: complementary role of ultrasound [letter]. Muscle Nerve. 2013;47(5):778.

Rejeski JJ, Morris JC, Walker FO, Balakrishnan N. Clinical reasoning: a 35-year-old woman with acute seizures and behavior change. Neurology. 2013;81(9):e55-e59.

Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Blocker JN, Schulz MR, Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Mora D, Chen H, Marin AJ, Quandt SA. Ultrasound for carpal tunnel syndrome screening in manual laborers. Muscle Nerve. 2013;48(1):127-131.

Suk JI, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ultrasonography of peripheral nerves. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2013;13(2):328.

Norbury JW, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Mandel S, Moore DP. Interventional neuromuscular ultrasound: the favorable cost profile of ultrasound compared with MRI makes it a valuable tool for obtaining anatomic information in patients with neuromuscular problems [editorial]. Pract Neurol. 2013;Jan/Feb():14-18.

Walker FO. Huntington's disease: the road to progress [comment]. Lancet Neurol. 2013;12(7):624-625.

Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Location, location, dislocation [editorial]. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013;124(8):1490.

Walker FO, Cartwright MS, Blocker JN, Arcury TA, Suk JI, Chen H, Schultz MR, Grzywacz JG, Mora DC, Quandt SA. Prevalence of bifid median nerves and persistent median arteries and their association with carpal tunnel syndrome in a sample of Latino poultry processors and other manual workers. Muscle Nerve. 2013;48(4):539-544.

Cartwright MS, Walker FO. Neuromuscular ultrasound in common entrapment neuropathies. Muscle Nerve. 2013;48(5):696-704.

Kieburtz K, McGarry A, McDermott M, Kayson E, Harrison M, Marder K, Walker F. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pridopidine in Huntington's disease. Mov Disord. 2013;28(10):1407-1415.

Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Blocker JN, Schulz MR, Arcury TA, Grzywacz JG, Mora D, Chen H, Marin AJ, Quandt SA. The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Latino poultry-processing workers and other Latino manual workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2012;54(2):198-201.

Mayans D, Cartwright MS, Walker FO. Neuromuscular ultrasonography: quantifying muscle and nerve measurements. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2012;23(1):133-148.

Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Neuromuscular ultrasound as a complement to the electrodiagnostic evaluation In: Aminoff MJ, ed. Aminoff's electrodiagnosis in clinical neurology. 6th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Saunders;2012: 367-384.

Strowd RE, Scott B, Walker FO. Black widow spider envenomation, a rare cause of Horner's syndrome. Wilderness Environ Med. 2012;23(2):158-160.

Walker FO, MacDonald JA. Electrically silent muscle visible by ultrasound. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2012;13(3):159-161.

Dorsey ER, Walker F, O'Neill C, Hunt V, et al. Characterization of a large group of individuals with Huntington disease and their relatives enrolled in the COHORT study. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(2):e29522.

Cartwright MS, Hobson-Webb LD, Boon AJ, Alter KE, Hunt CH, Flores VH, Werner RA, Shook SJ, Thomas TD, Primack SJ, Walker FO. Evidence-based guideline: neuromuscular ultrasound for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2012;46(2):287-293.

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Professor, Neurology

Clinical Interests

Electromyography, Botulinum Toxin
Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Professor, Neurology
Center for Public Health Genomics

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Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

Francis O. Walker, M.D.49 Ratings


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Both *Dr. Walker and his resident were very courteous and explained things extremely well.


He has not bedside manners to her family.


*Dr. Walker was most personable, kind and took time to explain everything about my treatment to my satisfaction.


*Dr. Walker keeps excellent notes in my medical records this is essential to document my disability with PD.


Good wait understanding.


Very good doctor.


*Dr. Walker kept meticulous medical records, and sent the records to my LTD insurer and SSDI (applications approved).


Very good care provider.

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