Friday, April 29, 2011

Oral Surgery Community Mourns Passing of OMS Icon

Dr. Robert V. "RV" Walker, 1924-2011

Dr. Robert V. "RV" Walker, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, passed away yesterday following a battle with cancer. 

Dr. Walker was a son of Texas, having spent his career at the University of Texas Southwestern after receiving his DDS at Baylor College of Dentistry and completing a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Parkland in 1956.  He served as professor and chairman of OMS at UT Southwestern from 1956 to 1984, then remained on the faculty until 1997 when he was awarded the title Professor Emeritus.  He is known for contributing to the understanding and treatment of disorders of the temporomandibular joint.  During his distinguished career, Dr. Walker was a leader in organizations across Texas, nationally, and internationally, including leadership of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Trauma Society, the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Ireland.  Among his many awards, Dr. Walker was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAOMS.

Dr. Walker served as the first MGH OMS Residency Visiting Professor in 2005 and was scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the upcoming MGH OMS Bicentennial Alumni Celebration, June 17-18, 2011.

The MGH Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers its deepest condolences to Dr. Walker's family, including his wife Emily and his three children, Robert V. Walker, III, Jo Ann Walker Cosgrove, and Ben Judd Walker.

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