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

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4.7 out of 5

120 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

4.7 out of 5

120 Ratings

Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Professor, Neurology

Research Interests

Ultrasonography; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Peripheral Nerves; Median Nerve; Muscle, Skeletal
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Recent Publications

Effects of renal transplantation on patient with Huntington's disease [abstract]. Holder L, Sweeney E, Walker F, O'Neill C.. Neurotherapeutics. 2018;15(1):249.

Quality of life in Huntington's disease: critique and recommendations for measures assessing patient health-related quality of life and caregiver quality of life. Mestre TA, Carlozzi NE, Ho AK, Burgunder JM, Walker F, Davis AM, Busse M, Quinn L, Rodrigues FB, Sampaio C, Goetz CG, Cubo E, Martinez-Martin P, Stebbins GT.. Mov Disord. 2018;33(5):742-749.

Ultrasonography in the early diagnosis of diabetic lumbosacral radiculoplexus neuropathy [letter]. An JY, Bae DW, Walker FO.. J Clin Neurol. 2018;14():e29.

Neuromuscular ultrasound in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and normal nerve conduction studies. Aseem F, Williams JW, Walker FO, Cartwright MS.. Muscle Nerve. 2017;55(6):913-915.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of coenzyme Q10 in Huntington disease. McGarry A, McDermott M, Kieburtz K, de Blieck EA, Beal F, Marder K, Ross C, Shoulson I, Gilbert P, Mallonee WM, Guttman M, Wojcieszek J, Kumar R, LeDoux MS, Jenkins M, Rosas HD, Nance M, Biglan K, Como P, Dubinsky RM, Shannon KM,.. Neurology. 2017;88(2):152-159.

Measuring disease activity and clinical response during maintenance therapy in CIDP: from ICE trial outcome measures to future clinical biomarkers. Katzberg HD, Latov N, Walker FO.. Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2017;7(2):147-156.

Ultrahigh-frequency ultrasound of fascicles in the median nerve at the wrist. Cartwright MS, Baute V, Caress JB, Walker FO.. Muscle Nerve. 2017;56(4):819-822.

Re: comments on "neuromuscular ultrasonography of cranial nerves": the authors respond [letter]. Tawfik EA, Walker FO, Cartwright MS.. J Clin Neurol. 2017;13(2):214.

Diagnostic ultrasound of the vagus nerve in patients with diabetes. Tawfik EA, Walker FO, Cartwright MS, El-Hilaly RA.. J Neuroimaging. 2017;27(6):589-593.

The use of ultrasound in neuromuscular diagnoses. Hommel AL, Cartwright MS, Walker FO.. Neurol Clin Pract. 2017;7(3):266-273.

Olfactory function in Latino farmworkers over 2 years: longitudinal exploration of subclinical neurological effects of pesticide exposure. Quandt SA, Walker FO, Talton JW, Chen H, Arcury TA.. J Occup Environ Med. 2017;59(12):1148-1152.

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

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

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

Examining the association between musculoskeletal injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome in manual laborers. Cartwright MS, Yeboah S, Walker FO, Rosenbaum DA, Newman JC, Arcury TA, Mora DC, Quandt SA.. Muscle Nerve. 2016;54(1):31-35.

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

Glomus tumor and the contribution of nerve ultrasound, an additional case [letter]. Walker FO, Koman LA, Apel PJ.. Muscle Nerve. 2016;54(3):514-515.

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

Clinical-genetic associations in the Prospective Huntington at Risk Observational Study (PHAROS): implications for clinical trials. 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,.. JAMA Neurol. 2016;73(1):102-110.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies. 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.. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]. Norbury JW, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Mandel S, Moore DP.. Pract Neurol. 2013;Jan/Feb():14-18.

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

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Professor, Neurology

Clinical Interests

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

Francis O. Walker, M.D.

Professor, Neurology

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Dr. Walker is the reason we use WF. 10 out of 10 rating


Dr. Walker is the best. He has been my neurologist for 20+ years.


The treatment has been doing very significantly. Not many physicians can do it.


Excellent provider


Dr. Walker was very friendly and informative.


*Dr. Francis Walker continues to be exceptional.


I have been seeing *Dr. Walker over 20 yrs. he is #1.


Very vague about my problem.


Would like for him to have taken my situation a little more seriously.


Excellent provider.


I have been Dr. Walker's patient for many years, and have utmost confidence in his skill as a neurologist.


Dr. Walker and his staff are excellent

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