Dr. Victoria Walker
Victoria Walker, MD, CMD, joined the Good Samaritan Society family in September 2013 as the organization’s first Chief Medical Officer. She grew up in rural Northern Iowa, where she volunteered at the local nursing home as a “sunshine girl.” She was fortunate to live close to a large, extended family. Through their example, she learned the rewards of hard work, service to others and faithfulness.
Dr. Walker earned a double major in biology and chemistry at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, S.D. She attended medical school at the University of South Dakota, where she was honored by election to the elite Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA). The motto of AOA is to be “worthy to serve the suffering,” an ongoing goal.
She was drawn to the multigenerational and holistic approach of family medicine, and completed residency at the Washington Hospital Family Medicine program in Washington, Pennsylvania. The Walker family enjoyed the beautiful, rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, but was drawn back to the wide-open plains and extended family in the Midwest.
The hallmark of Dr. Walker’s approach to patient care is to listen, strive to understand and work collaboratively. She has worked to be “worthy to serve the suffering” in a variety of medical settings, including emergency, primary care, hospice, psychiatry and skilled nursing. In addition, Dr. Walker spent a year working as a physician in Australia.
Dr. Walker says that it’s a privilege to be able to help people feel loved, valued and at peace through the work of the Society.
When not at work, Dr. Walker enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and kayaking on the Missouri River.