Bruce Franklin Walker, MD, Anatomic & Clinical Pathologist with Piedmont Healthcare

Get to know Anatomic & Clinical Pathologist Dr. Bruce Franklin Walker, who serves patients in Atlanta and Fayette, Georgia. 

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Walker is a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist who currently serves as the Laboratory Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also affiliated with Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayette, Georgia, where he served as the Founding Laboratory Medical Director from 1997 until 2014. 

Both Piedmont Atlanta Hospital and Piedmont Fayette Hospital are a part of Piedmont Healthcare, which is a not-for-profit, community health system comprised of 11 hospitals, over 2,200 medical staff personnel, and more than 22,000 employees. For more than a century, the community health system has been a recognized leader in delivering expert care. 

A 1985 graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Walker went on to complete both his internship in internal medicine and his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Shortly after, he became board-certified in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology, whose mission is to serve the public and advance the profession of pathology by setting certification standards and promoting lifelong competency of pathologists.

The doctor is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. His professional interests include general anatomic pathology, laboratory administration, continuous value improvement, and practice management.

Pathology is the study of the causes and effects of disease or injury. An anatomic pathologist plays a critical role in determining an accurate diagnosis, while a clinical pathologist is involved in conducting and overseeing laboratory tests on body fluids, such as blood. The main difference between clinical pathology and anatomical pathology is that the latter deals with tissue samples from an organ.  

In Dr. Walker’s expert opinion, the attributes that are most important in anyone choosing this specialty is excellent analytic and diagnostic skills, exceptional customer service and responsiveness, good judgment, as well as the ability to work well with others. 

Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling and doing physical activity. 

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