Dr. Melanie Walker is Director of the President’s Delivery Unit and Senior Advisor to President Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank Group. She joined the Group from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director for Special Initiatives, a team charged with exploring cross-disciplinary interventions and incubating new foundation programs across both health and development. Prior to this she worked in variety of different roles at the World Health Organization related to macroeconomics and health. In addition to her role at the World Bank Group, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and maintains a hospital-based practice at Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. Walker graduated summa cum laude from the honors program at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Robert Wood Johnson Pre-Medical Scholarship at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, she returned to her home state to matriculate at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where she was awarded a medical doctorate with an honors thesis outlining a novel statistical methodology for analysis of functional MRI. Dr. Walker went on to complete post-doctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology concurrent with postgraduate surgical training at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She also completed a neurology residency and cerebrovascular disease fellowship at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine and the Palliative Care Practice Program at Harvard Medical School, where she was named a faculty scholar.
She has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and frequently lectures on topics related to her clinical interests. She was recently awarded the Hoffman Endowed Lectureship by the American Academy of Pediatric Neurosurgery and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.