Helping kids is doctor's desire
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 18, 2013 | 968 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. James Walker is thankful for his new staff members Dianne Athey and Heather Morris.
Dr. James Walker is thankful for his new staff members Dianne Athey and Heather Morris.
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The ears, noses, and throats of children throughout the Delta are beginning to look healthier.

Dr. James H. Walker Jr. has begun working in Cleveland, Clarksdale and Indianola.

"I was familiar with this area only through music — through the blues, being sort of a music nut, as it were. Speaking with the people that recruited me, I asked them the same question, (what brought you here) and the answer was the people of the Delta," said Walker.

Originally from Birmingham, Walker and his wife Kevin recently celebrated their 40th anniversary together.

Walker has a son, James Paul, who is currently in graduate school for international relations.

Walker received his medical doctorate from University of Alabama Hospitals, where he also did his internship in general surgery and his residency in otolaryngology.

After working in Gainesville, Fla., for 25 years, Walker was recruited to the Delta and Clarksdale in particular.

It was in Clarksdale that Walker found a home.

"I felt like I had a few good years left and that I had some services that might benefit and I could try to help the kids with speech and hearing problems," said Walker.

Walker is a board certified ENT and specialized in pediatric ear, nose and throat care.

"Tubes and tonsils are mostly what I do," said Walker.

Walker felt it was important he come to the Delta because of a need for an ENT specialist.

"Knowing this was an underserved area and with the medical issues that we have in the Delta, I felt like there probably were quite a few kids with ear, nose, and throat problems and primarily hearing and speech concerns," said Walker.

Walker is in Cleveland on Tuesday and Friday, Indianola on Wednesday, and Clarksdale on Monday and Thursday.

Walker has been working in Clarksdale for around 18 months and has had the practice in Cleveland for almost two weeks.

Since his arrival to Cleveland, Walker has worked to ensure that other doctors in the area know he is available and can see pediatric patients.

"I've been around to the pediatricians here and Delta Health in Mound Bayou so they are all beginning to send patients," said Walker.

As the numbers continue to grow, Walker hopes to be able to get more equipment to better access hearing problems.

As Walker's office continues to see more and more patients, he plans to work hard to ensure the best ENT care he can provide.