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Dr. Walker desires to hear your story and is excited to participate in returning you to your avocations so that you may live out your dreams. Below is a synopsis of Dr. Walker’s story, and his attempt to live out his dreams.

Dr. Edward Walker-Gallego (also known as Dr. Eddie Walker, “Walker” his father’s surname and “Gallego” (gai-ay-go) his mother’s maiden name) is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Walker grew up in San Diego, California and obtained his undergraduate degree from California Baptist University where he received the Biology Award and was in Who’s Who Among America’s College Students. Dr. Walker then spent four years working, prior to finding his calling as an orthopaedic surgeon, in various medical and academic settings that included positions as a pathology assistant, a clinical services coordinator at a hematopathology reference lab, clinical research assistant, and adjunct lab professor.

Dr. Walker attended medical school at the University of Illinois-Chicago. While in medical school he received multiple scholarships, was Urban Health student of the year, and completed his Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Upon completion of medical school Dr. Walker obtained an orthopaedic surgical residency, an honor bestowed upon the top medical students.

Dr. Walker was an orthopaedic surgical resident at the University of California San Francisco- Fresno where he obtained the Surgeon’s Award and completed several publications, to include a technical paper with NASA. Dr. Walker also created a pre-operative arthroplasty camp for patients that has continued to be a staple at UCSF-Fresno. Upon completion of residency Dr. Walker underwent an additional year of sub-specialized training in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at Houston Methodist. As a fellow, Dr. Walker worked with professional athletes to include the Houston Texans (NFL), Astros (MLB), Dynamo (MLS), and Rockets (NBA). While in Houston Dr. Walker also had the pleasure of working with NASA and caring for members of the astronaut corps.

Shortly after completing his fellowship Dr. Walker returned to southern California treating Division I athletes at California Baptist University and the University of California Riverside. Dr. Walker was then deployed to the Middle East as a Major in the United States Army where he served as a Battalion Surgeon at Camp As Sayliyah. Upon his return from deployment Dr. Walker continued caring for Division I athletes from Midwestern University, while residing in North Texas.

Ultimately, Dr. Walker had an opportunity to work with one of the most prolific orthopaedic practices in the country, OrthoCarolina, and subsequently made the transition to North Carolina. Dr. Walker is now the Orthopaedic Division Chief of Atrium Health-Lincolnton.

Dr. Walker seeks out the cutting edge in orthopaedic treatment and technology and has clinical interests in arthroscopic surgical intervention, biologics, and arthroplasty. Dr. Walker is a member of several professional organizations: American Arthroscopy Association of North America, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Cartilage and Joint Preservation Society, International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

As a husband of nearly 20 years and father of 7 children (1 girl and 6 boys) he places a high on value on family. Dr. Walker has several outside interests and is an Activity/Recreation-Enthusiast who enjoys mountaineering, SCUBA diving, surfing, skiing, and skydiving.

Dr. Walker seeks to obtain the most out of life and is passionate about partnering with his patients so that they may obtain the most out of theirs.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller


Fellowship:   08/01/2016 - 07/31/2017

  • Houston Methodist Sports Medicine Fellowship, Houston, TX

Residency:   06/01/2011- 06/30/2016

  • University of California, San Francisco-Fresno
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fresno, CA.

Medical Education:   08/01/2007- 05/01/2011

  • University of Illinois School of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford IL.
  • Doctor of Medicine

Undergraduate Education:

  • University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
    Postbaccalaureate Program
    07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006
  • California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
    Bachelor of Science, Biology and Psychology
    08/01/2000 - 05/05/2003
  • Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA
    06/01/2001 - 06/30/2003
  • Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA.
    01/01/1999 - 05/30/2000
  • University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA.
    09/01/1998 - 12/15/1998

OrthoCarolina- Lincolnton, North Carolina - 10/01/2021- Present

  • Division Chief, Atrium Health Lincolnton
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Hip and Knee Co-Management Committee

United Regional Physician Group- Wichita Falls, Texas - 06/01/2018 - 09/01/2021

  • OR Efficiency Committee

Orthopaedic Medical Group of Riverside- Riverside, California - 09/01/2017- 03/25/2018

  • Care and treatment of student athletes at California Baptist University and University of California Riverside.
  • Scuba- 08/2015
  • Ham Radio Operator License - 08/2015
  • California Fluoroscopy License - 06/2016
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 09/2016
    Burwin Institute of Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • California – Issued 09/09/2012 – Active License
  • Texas – Issued 11/30/2015 – Active License
  • North Carolina- Issued 04/29/2021- Active License

California Army National Guard, Major - 08/01/2018 - 12/10/2018
578th BEB, Camp As-Sayliyah, Qatar

  • Performed PHA’s for soldiers ensuring they are fit for duty and ensure medical readiness
  • Teach medically related courses to the medics
  • Organized MASCAL events

California Army National Guard, Captain, Field Surgeon - 11/01/2017 - 03/30/2019
40th Brigade Support Battalion, Bell, CA.

  • Performed physical exams on soldiers ensuring they were fit for duty.
  • Teach medically related courses to the medics.

Texas Army National Guard, Captain, Field Surgeon - 10/01/2016 - 11/01/2017
CCo, 536th BSB, La Marque, TX.

  • Equal Opportunity Leader
  • Teach medically related courses to the medics.

California Army National Guard, Captain, Field Surgeon - 05/01/2012 - 06/30/2016
Medical Detachment, 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, Clovis, CA.

  • Performed physical exams on soldiers ensuring they were fit for duty.
  • Teach medically related courses to the medics.

Illinois Army National Guard, Active Duty, 2 nd Lieutenant - 08/01/2018 - 12/10/20112/01/2008 - 05/01/2011
Army Medical Department Student Recruiter, Alsip, IL.

  • Performed blood draws, drug screens and physical exams for soldiers throughout the state of Illinois.
  • Teach medically related courses to the unit.
  • Discussed with medical student’s various scholarship opportunities that the National Guard can provide as a student.
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine - 12/2021 - Present
  • International Cartilage and Joint Preservation Society - 12/2021- Present
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - 12/2020 - Present
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine - 10/2016 – 07/2017
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons - 09/2013 - Present
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America - 08/2013 - Present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - 06/2011 to Present
  • Surgeon’s Award, UCSF-Fresno 2016
  • American Society of Surgery of the Hand Military Scholarship Recipient, 09/2014
  • Urban Health Student of the Year, University of Illinois Chicago 2011
  • Hispanic Scholarship Finalist, 2010, University of Illinois Chicago COM
  • Received the grade of Outstanding in Surgery, OB/GYN, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry and Clinical Outstanding in Medicine and Pediatrics, 2009 – 2010, University of Illinois Chicago COM
  • Recipient of Dr. Monash Scholarship, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010, University of Illinois Chicago COM
  • Recipient of Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship, 12/2009, University of Illinois Chicago COM
  • Recipient of San Diego Police Officer Association Scholarship, 06/2008 – 06/2010
  • Dean’s List 2000 – 2003, California Baptist University
  • Student Leadership Recognition as a Resident Assistant 2003
  • Biology Award 2003, California Baptist University
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students, Who’s Who, 03/2003, California Baptist University

Military Awards

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Ribbon
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Service Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • California Federal Service Ribbon
  • California Drill Attendance Service Ribbon with Silver Star
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
  • California Baptist University Biological Sciences Chair’s Council for Excellence - 2021- Present
  • California Baptist University College of Health Science, Preceptor 2018
  • Lincolnton High School - 12/2021- Present
  • California Baptist University, NCAA Division I - 09/2017 - 03/2018
  • Houston Rockets, National Basketball Association - 08/2016 -7/2017
  • Houston Astros, Major League Baseball - 08/2016 - 07/2017
  • Houston Dynamo, Major League Soccer - 08/2016 - 07/2017
  • Houston Texans, National Football League 08/2016 - - 07/2017
  • Rice University, NCAA Division 1 - 08/2016 - 07/2017
  • Manvel High School, Alvin, TX. - 08/2016 – 07/2017
  • Fresno Unified School District, Varsity Football - Fall 2013

American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand - 10/2013

  • Awarded for anatomic research of the periosteal vascular of the volar distal radius.

Visible Health Inc., Draw MD - 02/2013

  • Awarded two iPads to complete study on enhancement of patient education.

Peer Reviewed

  1. Huang JS; Donohue M; Golnari G; Fernandez S; Walker Gallego E; Galvan K; Briones C; Tamai J; Becerra K. Pediatrician’s weight assessment and obesity management practices. BMC Pediatr. 2009;9:19.
  2. Huang JS; Becerra K; Oda T; Walker Gallegos E; Xu R; Donohue M; Chen I; Curbelo V; Breslow A. Parental ability to discriminate the weight status of children: Results of a survey. Pediatrics. 2007;120(1):e112-e119.
  3. Huang JS; Becerra K; Walker E; Hovell MF. Childhood overweight and orthodontists: Results of a survey. J Public Health Dent. 2006.66(4):292-294
  4. Knedel M; Walker Gallego ER; Gerardi J; Husak LE; Altebarmakian M. Pediatric femur fractures: Single incision intramedullary fixation technique. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015: 35(7): 657-60
  5. Walker Gallego ER; Burk T; Horvai Andrew, Link T; Luke A; O’Donnell R. Patellar Coccidioides immitis osteomyelitis: Case report and literature review. Current Orthopedic Practice. 2016: 27(3): 330-335
  6. Jernick, Michael; Walker Gallego, Edward; Nuzzo, Michael. Retrospective Analysis of the Accuracy of Ultrasound-Guided Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram Injections of the Hip in the Office Setting. The Orthopaedic Journal of Sport Medicine. 2017 5(12): 1-4.

Technical Paper

  1. Walker Gallego, ER; Kerstman E; Shah RV. Approach to musculoskeletal injuries. NASA Human Research Program, Exploration Medical Capability. June 2015

Poster Presentations

  1. Walker Gallego, E; Baysal, D; Husak, L; Nazarian, A; Brown, D; Garcia, G; Satisfaction with patient education in arthroplasty patients. Poster presented at CRMC/UCSF Fresno Quality Improvement and Innovations Symposium. May 2016; Fresno, CA.

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Edward Walker, MD