Dr. Walton Appointed to Endowed Professorship

Dr. Walton

R. Christopher Walton, MD, MHA, has been named to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Clinical Professorship in Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the College of Medicine. Dr. Walton, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, subspecializes in uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases. He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority in ophthalmology. Dr. Walton is also known for his commitment to Graduate Medical Education and has been the recipient of multiple awards given by residents over the years.

"Dr. Walton's extensive clinical skills as a physician and ophthalmic surgeon, broad academic experience as a clinician educator, and significant medical management training and experience have been invaluable to our department and UTHSC," said Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, Hamilton Professor and chair of Ophthalmology. "Additionally, as director of Ophthalmology at the Memphis Veterans Administration, he has dramatically improved care for our nation's veterans.

"His leadership in the Department of Ophthalmology was critical to developing the design of the UT Hamilton Eye Institute and its clinical, educational and public health initiatives," Haik added. "The 930 Madison building that houses the Hamilton Eye Institute was a gift to UTHSC from Baptist Memorial Hospital in 2001. With the establishment of this professorship, the leadership of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation has provided further support for the Hamilton Eye Institute's mission to help patients with vision-threatening disorders, and we are deeply grateful."