VA Southeast Network (VISN7)
VA Southeast Network (VISN 7) Appoints New Network Director
June 11, 2021
Duluth, GA — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Walker, MD, as the Network Director, VA Southeast Network (VISN 7). In this role, Dr. Walker will serve as the senior leader responsible for overseeing the delivery of health care services to more than 1.2 million Veterans living within the states of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
“We are excited to bring Dr. Walker on board as the new Network Director of the VA Southeast Network,” said Ms. Renee Oshinski, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Operations. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care network, the employees, volunteers and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will arrive at the medical center within the next 30 days to begin his appointment.”
Dr. Walker is currently the Acting Network Director for the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network (VISN 9) since January 2021 and was previously the Director for the GV (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics (GVMVAMC) in Jackson, MS, since December 2015.
Dr. Walker is board certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has served as president of the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association. Dr. Walker graduated from the military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, completed a United States Air Force (USAF)/civilian psychiatry training program and a subsequent forensic psychiatry fellowship training program at the University of South Carolina. As a USAF forensic psychiatrist, he helped reestablish the service-wide Wilford Hall Medical Center Air Force Forensic Psychiatry Evaluation Service.
Dr. Walker completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS in 1987, a Doctor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD in 1991 and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) in 2012 at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
The VA Southeast Network, Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) 7 includes eight VA medical centers, three of which are 1A-complexity level facilities, and numerous outpatient clinics throughout Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
With an operating budget of $4.5 billion, VISN 7 fourth largest health care network in VHA with over 1.2 million Veterans living in its geographic area with a projection of having the second largest Veteran population within the next few years.