Bruce D. Walker
After graduation from the University of Colorado, Bruce Walker attended Case Western Reserve Medical School and did his internship and residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He specialized in HIV/AIDS at the time the global crisis was just being recognized. While he treats HIV infections, he spends the majority of his time researching how the body defends itself against chronic viral infections. His laboratory was the first to define key elements of the immune response to HIV that are critical for vaccine development, which was highlighted in the PBS Nova program “Surviving AIDS.”
Walker’s recent efforts focus on rebuilding immune responses to the AIDS virus in persons already infected. In addition, he has been involved in collaborative research in Africa for over 15 years and has spearheaded efforts to provide HIV treatment in resource-constrained settings. Current efforts in KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa include establishment of a comprehensive care and treatment clinic for persons infected with HIV, which provides the anti-HIV drug cocktail through funds obtained through philanthropic support.
Walker is a member of the America Association of Immunologists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is the recipient of a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Professorship and a Merit Award from the NIH. He has recently been named a Howard Hughes Investigator. He has been a member of the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1980 and has been affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for the same period.