Professor David Walker

Dr David WalkerTel: 020 7691 2303

University College Hospital

Colorectal cancer, Critical care, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Professional background

David trained in medicine, anaesthesia and critical care in Wessex, Oxford, London and Toronto. After completing a period of research at UCL he was appointed consultant and now divides his clinical time between Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care. David is the director of the UCL Masters Programme in Perioperative Medicine and Clinical Lead for the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit at UCH Westmoreland Street. David has co-developed a Perioperative Physician model of care and is currently undertaking it's Health Foundation sponsored clinical evaluation. As associate editor of the journals Perioperative Medicine and the British Journal of Hospital Medicine commissions articles which promote both perioperative care and quality improvement science which is complemented by his role as chair of the trust's Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement Committee (CAQIC) and is a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Task and Finish Group on Perioperative Medicine.

Research interests

The management of the high-risk surgical patient.


The high-risk surgical patient: a role for a multi-disciplinary team approach?

Whiteman AR, Dhesi JK, Walker D. Br J Anaesth. 2015 Nov 3. pii: aev355.

End of life decision planning in the perioperative setting: the elephant in the room? Blackwood D, Santhirapala R, Mythen M, Walker D. Br J Anaesth. 2015 Jul 6. pii: aev209. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26152340

International sepsis guidelines: The big message remains. Whittle J, Walker DA. Brit J Hosp Med 2016 In Press

Guneratne M, Mythen M, Walker DA. Perioperative medicine, interventions in surgical care: The role of replacing the late-night review with daytime leadership. Future Hospital Journal 2016. Vol 3, No 1: 58–61

Barriers to focused echocardiography education. Gillon S, Walker D, Jones N. Eur J Emerg Med. 2016 Feb;23(1):75-6.

GMC/GDC number: 4364944