Organization: Breast Cancer Surgery Center of MD
Personal Biography: Rick was a Camper in 1964 from the State of Ohio. He was on staff from 1965 through 1969. In 1972, following his completion of his M.D. at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Rick gave his first lecture at NYSC on Cardiac Transplantation. He was able to return as lecturer in 1979 and has lectured each year since then.
Dr. Walker received his BS degree from Bowling Green State University and his MD degree from the Ohio State University. He was the 100th Halsted surgical resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Rick has a busy general surgery practice in Maryland where he specializes in breast cancer surgery. He has written many book chapters on surgical problems. He has participated in research on image-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer.
Rick is an avid cyclist and serves on the board of directors of bike4breastcancer. Dr. Walker has brought his daughters, Morgan and Abigail, to NYSC on many occasions. Morgan even helped present one of his lectures!
Lecture Topic: “Breast Cancer Genomics”
We will discuss the characteristics of a “screening” test, and how various methods, such as breast self-exam, caregiver exam, statistical modeling, mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, thermography, and cytologic screening have been used, and with what success. We will touch on how measurements are important, but how many measurements have inborn biases. Lastly, we will have a dialogue on why we may NOT want to wipe out cancer in our lifetime!