Dr. Mark WalkerDr. Mark Walker is a health-care executive and current Chairman and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital. His work in research has been as an epidemiologist, public health advocate and clinical trialist. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed articles and been awarded more than $15 million as Principal Investigator in research.  As well as being a highly respected clinician and researcher, Dr. Walker has a Masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University.

His leadership roles include the previous Chairman of the Society of Investigators in Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada, the Chair of the Perinatal Health Committee of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Co-Chair of the Maternal Newborn Advisory Committee for the Province of Ontario. He is currently a Senior Scientist and the Scientific Director of the Better Outcomes Registry Network (BORN).

Dr. Walker's main research interests include health services, population health, and clinical studies in perinatology. Dr. Walker is the co-founder of the Obstetrics & Maternal Newborn Investigations (OMNI) Research Group, at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). OMNI lead research has contributed to understanding of pre-eclampsia, thrombophilia, multi-gestation, treatment of infertility and health services utilization. In 2016, Dr. Walker and Dr. Shi Wu Wen secured funding through a CIHR Foundation Grant totaling $9.7 million over 7 years. Included in the funding from this grant is the FACT 4 Child project along with many other research projects. Dr. Walker is internationally recognized for his research, medical leadership as well as health services and policy work.