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Dilys Walker, MD
Dilys Walker, MD


Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
and of Global Health Sciences

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Contact Information
Mailing Address: 1001 Potrero Avenue, Ward 6D-11
San Francisco, CA 94110
Academic Phone: (628) 206-3636
Academic Fax: (628) 206-3112

Clinical Specialties
Family planning, general obstetrics and gynecology.

Research/Clinical Interests
Global women’s reproductive health, emergency obstetric training in resource limited settings, inter-professional team training, maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, family planning, cultural humility, disrespect and abuse during childbirth, quality of care, implementation science, unplanned pregnancy.

Year Institution & Location Degree Field of Study
1982 University of California, Berkeley BS Zoology
1987 University of California, San Diego MD Medicine
1987-1991 University of Pennsylvania Hospital Residency Ob/Gyn
1991-1993 University of California, San Francisco Fellowship Family Planning
Achievements & Recognition
Year Major Honors
1991 Faculty Development Award, UCSF
1992 Serious Games Competition, Silver Medal for Home Birth Game
2012 Co-Founder PRONTO International, NGO whose mission is to optimize care during birth. PRONTO develops and implements innovative simulation-based training strategies for health care providers that act as a catalyst for individual, team, and system change.

Selected Publications:

Smid M, Campero L, Cragin L, Gonzalez Hernandez D, Walker D Bringing two worlds together: exploring the integration of traditional midwives as doulas in Mexican public hospitals. Health Care Women Int 2010 (31):475-98.

Campero L, Walker D, Atienzo EE, Gutierrez JP.A quasi-experimental evaluation of parents as sexual health educators resulting in delayed sexual initiation and increased access to condoms. J Adolesc 2011 Apr;34(2):215-23.

Sosa-Rubi S; Walker D; Servan E; Bautista-Arredondo; Learning effect of a conditional cash transfer programme on poor rural women's selection of delivery care in Mexico. Health Policy Plan. 2011 Nov;26(6):496-507.

Dayananda I, Walker D, Atienzo EE, Haider S. Abortion practice in Mexico: a survey of health care providers..Contraception. 2012 Mar;85(3):304-10.

Walker DM, Cohen SR, Estrada F, Monterroso ME, Jenny A, Fritz J, Fahey JO. PRONTO training for obstetric and neonatal emergencies in Mexico.Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Feb;116(2):128-33.

Walker D, DeMaria LM, Suarez L, Cragin L; Evaluating Alternative Models of Obstetric Care in Mexico Research Team. Skilled birth attendants in Mexico: how does care during normal birth by general physicians, obstetric nurses, and professional midwives compare with world health organization evidence-based practice guidelines?J Midwifery Womens Health. 2012 Jan-Feb;57(1):18-27.

Fahey JO, Cohen SR, Holme F, Buttrick ES, Dettinger JC, Kestler E, Walker DM. Promoting cultural humility during labor and birth: Putting theory into action during PRONTO obstetric and neonatal emergency training. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2013 Jan:27(1):36-42.

Kestler E, Walker D, Bonvecchio A, de Tejada SS, Donner A. A matched pair cluster randomized implementation trail to measure the effectiveness of an intervention package aiming to decrease perinatal mortality and increase institution-based obstetric care among indigenous women in Guatemala: study protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 Mar 21;13:73. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-73.

Suárez-López L, Campero L, De la Vara-Salazar E, Rivera-Rivera L, Hernández-Serrato MI,
Walker D, Lazcano-Ponce E.
Sociodemographic and reproductive characteristics associated with the increase of cesarean section practice in Mexico. Salud Publica Mex 2013;55 suppl 2:S225-S234.

Lazcano-Ponce E, Schiavon R, Uribe-Zuñiga P, Walker D, Suárez-López L, Luna-Gordillo R, Ulloa-Aguirre A. Coverage for birth care in Mexico and its interpretation within the context of maternal mortality. Salud Publica Mex 2013;55 suppl 2:S214-S224.

Walker D, DeMaria L, Gonzalez-Hernandez D, Padron-Salas A, Romero-Alvarez M, Suarez L. Are all skilled birth attendants created equal? A cluster randomised controlled study of nonphysician based obstetric care in primary health care clinics in Mexico. Midwifery. 2013 Oct;29(10):1199-205

Fahey JO, Cohen SR, Holme F, Buttrick ES, Dettinger JC, Kestler E, Walker D. Promoting cultural humility during labor and birth: putting theory into action during PRONTO obstetric and neonatal emergency training. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2013 Jan-Mar;27(1):36-42.

Darney BG, Weaver MR, Sosa-Rubi SG, Walker D, Servan-Mori E, Prager S, Gadidou E. The oportunidades conditional cash transfer program: effects on pregnancy and contraceptive use among young rural women in Mexico. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Dec;39(4):205-14.

Bertozzi E, Krilov L, Walker D. Successful game development partnerships between academics and physicians: two case studies. Inter. J of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, July-Sept. 2013:5(3)97-107.

Walker D, Cohen S, Fritz J, Olvera M, Lamadrid-Figueroa H, Cowan J, Hernandez D, Dettinger JC, Fahey JO. Team training in obstetric and neonatal emergencies using highly realistic simulation in Mexico: impact on process indicators. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Nov 20;14(1):367.