Matthew Walker, III, PhD

Vanderbilt University


Dr. Matthew Walker III holds the full-time faculty Position of Associate Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering Vanderbilt University Engineering School and Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Associate Director of the Medical Innovators Development Program Vanderbilt University Medical School.  Dr. Walker teaches, develops and implements an innovative biotech design curriculum across departments within the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and the biotechnology/medical device industry. He leads the biomedical engineering design program which requires him to create 32 to 40 projects each year, his teams have consistently won first place in the engineering school wide design competition.  He co-created the Engineering Grand Rounds Program that closes the gap between industry and academic models of biomedical innovation. He is Associate Director of the new Medical Innovators Development Program (PhD to MD) at the medical school. Dr Walker is a faculty member of Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Center of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Medical School Alliance.  He is the coauthor of transinstitutional grant that focuses on integrating social, and innovation activism.  Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, and after being selected as 1 of 12 in the nation in the annual Merck Fellowship program, Dr. Walker worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals for 10 years and led cardiovascular ultrasound imaging which led him to co-develop 3 blockbuster drugs (Vytorin, Januvia, and Candesarten). While at Merck, he also led the novel technologies adoption team.  He was also the founder of the Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows.  Dr. Walker's research includes unveiling systems level orthogonal biomarkers at the structure/function interface of disease using novel 2D-3D-4D-imaging (Consulting, Phases I-IIB, IV).   Dr. Walker was a mechanical/biomedical engineer with NASA-Houston, TX , prior to receiving his doctorate at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Walker completed his training in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Walker has served the Boston Symphony Orchestra Board, Merck Fellow’s Board, Board of Oberon Theater Company (New York, New York) and others.