Andrew William Walker, MD
1933 - 2011
Andrew William (Andy) Walker, MD, of Charlotte, NC, Past President of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, died September 25, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, at age 78 after a lengthy illness. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1960, and was a strident supporter of Commodores athletics teams, as well as the medical school and university at large, later serving as president of the Vanderbilt alumni association and chairman of the university's major gifts programs in western North Carolina. He held residencies in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, in hand surgery at the University of Louisville, Ky., and an NIH fellowship in cancer at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital in Columbia, Mo. In 1969, Andy joined the practice of Drs. William Berkley and Hal Chaplin, which later became Charlotte Plastic Surgery, where he performed Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery until his retirement in 1996, and served as Medical Director of the Charlotte Surgery Center, one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the city. He was vice-chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center and chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital. He also held a clinical professorship with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Andy was moved to become a Plastic Surgeon because of the devastating cancers he saw during his fellowship at Ellis Fischel. As president of the Charlotte chapter of the American Cancer Society he instituted a free skin clinic, enabling members of the community to have worrisome skin condiŽtions examined by a volunteer staff of doctors. He traveled as a volunteer to third-world countries, including Jordan, China, and Tibet, with medical relief agencies to perform surgeries on needy patients. He also was a member of the first Charlotte surgical team to reattach fingers. Andy held leaderŽship positions with the Southeastern Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (president), the North Carolina Society of Plastic, Maxillofacial & Reconstructive Surgeons (president), the Mecklenburg County Medical Society (president), the North Carolina Medical Society, the American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (examiner). He was committed to physician education and initiated the Berkley Lecture series, in honor of Dr. William Berkley, and the Southeastern Society's Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, now in its 281hyear.
William Mullis, MD