Thomas J. Walker, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, who underwent extensive fellowship-training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery after his 5-year residency in Head and Neck Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) as well as by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOto).
Dr. Walker specializes in septoplasty, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), revision rhinoplasty, minimally invasive endosopic sinus surgery including balloon sinuplasty, and advanced endoscopic sinus surgery. Having acquired a unique set of skills under his fellowship mentor Dr. Dean Toriumi, a world-renowned rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Walker has the complete armamentarium to perform all ranges of rhinoplasty: primary rhinoplasty (first-time rhinoplasty), ethnic and Asian rhinoplasty, secondary rhinoplasty (revision rhinoplasty), including complicated cases such as saddle nose deformities, cocaine noses, cleft lip nasal deformities, noses damaged by implants or fillers, and septal perforations. Dr. Walker uses the least invasive technique possible to maximize the long-term aesthetic and functional outcome. If cartilage from inside the nose (septal cartilage) is either insufficient or no longer present, Dr. Walker is among the few surgeons in the country with the ability to harvest and use the patient’s own rib (costal) or ear (auricular) cartilage to reconstruct the nose.
In addition to his nose expertise, Dr. Walker specializes in the latest surgical and non-surgical procedures in facial and neck rejuvenation including endoscopic brow or forehead lifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), otoplasty (ear surgery), neck lifts, mini-facelifts and facelifts, facial implants, chin augmentation, neck liposuction, fat transfer/injection, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, Botox, and dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm. He prioritizes a natural look employing the most minimally invasive technique and skillfully concealing surgical incisions.
Dr. Walker’s reconstructive expertise includes excision and reconstruction of skin cancers and other skin lesions, skin cancer MOHs reconstruction, scar revision, keloid treatment, and facial trauma repair (bony and soft tissue).
Through his residency training at a world-renowned endoscopic sinus surgery and skull base center at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Walker is a highly talented endoscopic sinus surgeon. He treats a wide variety of paranasal sinus conditions, both medically and surgically, including inflammatory conditions such as acute or chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Walker also performs balloon sinuplasty on his patients if medically indicated.
Whether a patient has aesthetic and/or functional concerns, nasal obstruction (deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, turbinate hypertrophy, inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, polyps, nasal tumors, enlarged adenoids, allergies, etc.), acute or chronic sinus disease, nasal trauma, or nasal skin cancer, Dr. Walker is skilled to offer the best treatment possible for the vast array of nasal problems either through medical treatment or surgical treatment, which includes balloon sinuplasty, minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, septoplasty, turbinate surgery, rhinoplasty (both primary and revision), and nasal reconstructive surgery.
PATIENT CARE PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Walker’s focus on both aesthetic enhancement and reconstructive procedures underscores his belief that “form follows function” when performing plastic surgery of the face and nose. He believes in the importance of spending time with each patient in order to understand the patient’s concerns and goals, and create an individualized treatment plan, taking into consideration the patient’s gender, age, ethnic background, stature, and most importantly, the patient’s functional and aesthetic preferences.
EDUCATION AND FELLOWSHIP
Dr. Walker obtained his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan,where he majored in Biology and graduated summa cum laude. Dr. Walker subsequently attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where he was inducted into the esteemed Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Medical Honor Society during his junior year, a privilege that’s reserved to only the top 5% of medical students. After graduating from medical school with high distinction, he completed a five-year Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency program at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He was appointed Chief Resident his final year of residency by his mentors and peers.
Dr. Walker was then awarded one of the most sought after fellowship programs in the country for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (one of only 45 nationwide) sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) with Dr. Dean Toriumi, who is considered by his colleagues as one of the fathers of modern rhinoplasty. While training in Chicago, Dr. Walker also served as a clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois where he helped foster the Facial Plastic Surgery skills of the residents at UIC.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Dr. Walker’s contributions to medicine reach beyond his medical practice as a teacher, author, and researcher, culminating in multiple awards and honors throughout his medical career. Dr. Walker recently authored the chapter entitled “Philosophy and Principles of Rhinoplasty” in Dr. Papel’s textbook Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the chapter “Revision Rhinoplasty” in the textbook Cummings Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, both of which are the best selling textbooks worldwide in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, respectively. Dr. Walker is also the author of two chapters “Revision Rhinoplasty” and “Special Problems in Nasal Reconstruction” in the textbook Facial Surgery: Plastic and Reconstructive edited by professors at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walker has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed medical journals including “Comparison and Overview of Currently Available Neurotoxins” in the prestigious peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology.
Dr. Walker is committed to personal, high-quality care in a comfortable environment. Dr. Walker’s passion is evident in his personable and attentive approach to his patients while adhering to the highest level of integrity and ethics. Our patients have the security of knowing that not only are they getting a highly-qualified physician, but also a compassionate and positive experience. Dr. Walker looks forward to meeting every patient and considers it a privilege to be entrusted to help his patients achieve their goals.
Outside the office, Dr. Walker is an avid golfer and tennis player. He enjoys spending time with his wife in the kitchen, bicycling, and traveling.