Richard Walker, MD

Started Practice: 1983

Joined Scripps Clinic Medical Group: 1983

Scripps Clinic & Scripps Green Hospital Leadership Roles:

  • Chairman, Department of Surgery, Scripps Clinic Medical Group
  • Member, Board of Directors, Scripps Clinic Medical Group
  • Chairman, Compensation Committee, Scripps Clinic Medical Group
  • Vice-President for Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Radiology Services, Scripps Clinic
  • Member, Executive Management Team, Scripps Clinic
  • Chief of Staff, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Scripps Clinic
  • Member, Chief-of-Staff Nominating Committee, Scripps Green Hospital
  • Member, Bylaws Committee, Scripps Green Hospital
  • Past Chief of Staff, Scripps Green Hospital
  • Past Chairman, Department of Surgery, Scripps Green Hospital
  • Past Team Physician, San Diego Padres, Scripps Clinic Medical Group

Teaching Role:

  • Co-Director, Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellowship, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Scripps Clinic

Professional Societies:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
  • International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty
  • Western Orthopedic Association (Past President, San Diego Chapter)
  • California Orthopedic Association
  • California Medical Association
  • San Diego County Medical Association
  • La Jolla Academy of Medicine

Board Membership:

  • Thornburg Medical Research Foundation, San Diego, California

Honors & Awards:

  • American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education, 1980-present
  • Who’s Who in the World, in America, in Science & Technology, in Medicine & Healthcare, and in the West, 1996-present
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Nicolas Andry Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, 1997
  • Best Doctors in America, 2001-present
  • California Medical Association Honor Roll, 2004
  • Scripps Health Values in Leadership Award, 2005

Research Focus:

  • Total hip and knee replacement outcomes
  • Total hip and knee replacement biomechanics and techniques
  • Thromboembolic disease prevention after total hip and knee replacement

Clinical Interests Within Specialty:

  • Hip and knee arthritis and total joint replacement

Clinical Interests Outside Specialty:

  • Minimally invasive surgery applications for total hip and knee replacement
  • Computer navigation applications for total hip and knee replacement
  • Prevention of thromboembolic disease/deep venous thrombosis after orthopedic surgery


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise

  • Joint Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1985

Medical Education

  • University of Chicago, MD, 1977


  • University of California, Los Angeles, Internship, General Surgery, 1978


  • Stanford University Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery, 1983
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Residency, General Surgery, 1979