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Gynecologic Cancers

Joan Walker, MD

Professor, Section of Gynecologic Oncology

Joan Walker, MD is a professor in the section of gynecologic oncology and has been a faculty member since 1990. She holds the Louise and Clay Bennett Chair in Cancer and is also a George Lynn Cross Research Professor, a prestigious faculty award.

Dr. Walker has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and given almost 300 presentations . In addition, she has contributed material to 16 different medical textbooks for chapters on gynecologic oncology.

As part of the gynecologic oncology group of the National Cancer Institute, she coordinates research as the co-chair of the Cancer Control and Prevention Committee. This committee works to enroll gynecologic cancer patients in clinical trials to increase understanding what causes these cancers. 

She also mentors female medical students through a women in medicine mentoring program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Walker is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology, and palliative care medicine.


Fellowship: University of California, Irvine, Orange, CA
Residency: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Honors and Awards:

Oklahoma’s Top Doctors, 2016
Elected Council Member for the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 2008
George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, 2008
Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists, President, 2003
Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professorship, May 2002
Council on Resident Education of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, 1999
“The Best Doctors in America” Woodward/White, Inc., 1999
Appointment: Oklahoma Genetics Advisory Council, 1998
Presidential Professorship, April 1998
“401 Best Doctors for Women” article in Good Housekeeping, August 1997

Professional Associations:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Oklahoma City Obstetrics and Gynecology Society
Oklahoma County Medical Society
Oklahoma State Medical Association
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists