David Walton, M.D.

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, David Walton entered Harvard Medical School in 1998 where he became research assistant for Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, an organization whose mission is to bring health care and social justice to the poor of the world.

Despite 16-hour workdays, a steady diet of rice and beans and cold-water bucket showers, Walton's first trip to Haiti in 1999 set the stage for an ongoing commitment to the poorest country in the hemisphere.  Receiving his medical degree in 2003, Walton took a year off to work in Haiti before beginning a special residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), which allowed him to alternate months between Boston and Haiti.  In June 2007, Walton was one of the first graduates of the Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine.  He recently completed a Harvard School of Public Health master of public health program, and is currently on the staff of Brigham's Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, spending up to nine months a year in Haiti.

Walton has extensive experience in delivering HIV/AIDS care in resource-poor settings.  His research has included emerging infectious diseases in Latin America and the resurgence of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union.  He has contributed to numerous articles on AIDS and tuberculosis.