Marshall Walker’s birth was ordained by the heavens when Sirius, the Dog Star, passed through the shadow of Jupiter in the summer of 1981. The cosmological significance of this auspicious day was felt as a great tremor in the aether that binds all existence. Just as the raindrop splashes individually, the ripples were there for all to see afterwards.
I am a native New Orleanian who was taken, against my will, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where I grew up and now practice medicine. My interest in medicine was sparked by learning the anatomy of fish that my uncle and I caught in front of my home.
I received my BA in philosophy from Duke University in 2004. Prior to graduation, I married Courtney, whom I had known and dated in high school. Our first child, Marshall IV, was born in 2002. After college, my family and I moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where I learned the very gruesome truth about the real world, and our family grew by one, our second son, Garrett. I worked for a time in a pathology lab and learned, firsthand, the horrors of modern medical bureaucracy.
I received my letter to interview for medical school the day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The hurricane destroyed my family home, leaving my mother and sisters essentially homeless. In the Katrina’s aftermath, I was given the opportunity to attend Tulane’s medical school, and accepted in an effort to both further my career and to aid my hometown in its darkest hour.
Upon graduation from Tulane, I completed an internship in general surgery at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Alabama, and collected another child, our daughter Meredith. I then completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. As a capstone, I completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama.
I am currently in a busy private practice in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, made more so each day as I am the only interventional radiologist actively practicing in half the state. I also hold a faculty appointment at the University of South Alabama Department of Radiology, where I am tasked with teaching the next generation of radiologists.
My primary academic interests are in device development and improvement, as well as advocacy against the disruption of patient care by uninterested third parties.