8/11/10 Walker elected President of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

These promotions represent recognition of long-sustained excellence in academic endeavors. The department is fortunate to have such  outstanding faculty members. Please join me in congratulating them.

George A. Keepers, M.D.
Carruthers Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Paul Leung, Clinical Professor

Dr. Nancy Winters, Professor

Dr. James Hancey, Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Esther Freeman, Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Daniel Storzbach, Associate Professor

Dr. Sahana Misra, Associate Professor

P. Silk Walker, One Sky Center

Immediate Past President, Melvina McCabe, MD, transfers the Association of American Indian Physician’s Presidential leadership role to incoming President, R. Dale Walker, MD at the 39th Annual Conference of the organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

R. Dale Walker, M.D. a psychiatrist from the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma became the Association of American Indian Physician’s 40th President at the Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico August 6th through 9th, 2010.  Dr. Walker joined the organization in 1978 and has twice - 1989 and 2009 - received their Physician of the Year Award for outstanding service to American Indians.  A 1972 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, with residency training in Psychiatry at the University Of California School Of Medicine in San Diego, Dr. Walker is Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the One Sky Center (www.oneskycenter.org) at Oregon Health and Science University.  One Sky Center, a National resource center for American Indian Health, Education and Research, provides expert consultation and technical assistance, and facilitates strategic planning sessions for optimal health service.  It also provides program evaluation, training and dissemination of evidence-based, culturally appropriate best practices as well as training of program staff to provide two of the best practices - Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 

His career includes research grants and scores of publications and presentations related to substance abuse and mental health issues in Indian Country.  He has held numerous national leadership roles, including Speaker of the American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly, scientific program coordinator for the AAIP Coeur D’Alene meeting in 2008, Director of the Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment for the Seattle VAMC program at the University of Washington, Founding President of the First Nations Behavioral Health Association, Director of the One Sky Center and Director of a NIDA and NIAAA funded National Mentorship program for American Indian students interested in addictions research. He is dedicated to and advocates for quality medical and mental health services for American Indian people.  His mentorship and advocacy efforts include mentorship for fellow psychiatrists, primary care physicians, mental health workers from all disciplines, State and Federal policy makers and Tribal Government leaders.