Dr. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, California, received her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in 1997 and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 2001. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2004, and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 2006. Afterwards, while a Harvard University Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy, she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007. Currently, on faculty at Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital, she is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Neonatologist.

In May 2009, she married Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III. As Mt. Zion’s First Lady, Dr. Stephaine—as she is fondly called—strongly believes that “to whomsoever much is given, much is required…”(Luke 14:48). Therefore, shortly after arriving in Nashville she teamed with Bishop Walker and collaborated with other visionaries in the Nashville community who share her passion for health policy, health disparities and community action to seek solutions and to improve the access to and utilization of health-related resources. Believing that finding one’s calling is about making the community in which you live better, she launched Full Circle Health Community Coalition in early 2010 to bridge the gap and bring together diverse partners to improve the health of those living in underserved communities.

In 2010, Dr. Walker, alongside her husband, founded the non-profit the Drs. Joseph & Stephaine Walker Foundation. The mission of the foundation is primarily advanced through scholarships for students, mentorship and community outreach. The foundation is committed to helping people help themselves and those in the world around them lead productive and satisfying lives. That same year, Dr. Walker, also co-authored a best selling book with her husband entitled “Becoming a Couple of Destiny” which chronicles lessons of life balance and transparency in marriage.

Targeting obesity and health literacy, actualizing the 2011 Mount Zion Vision of the House: “Healing the House in 2011,” she also committed to ChurchFit, a Mt. Zion fitness and health awareness program announced nationally in January 2011.ChurchFit was revealed by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in partnership with Full Circle to help the church’s 25,000 plus congregation revive fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote and improve overall health and wellness. In 2013, Dr. Walker was appointed Overseer of the Mt. Zion Health Care Ministry.

Needless to say, both Bishop and Dr. Walker would agree that their most joyous accomplishment to date has been the birth of their beautiful daughter, Jovanni Willow Walker, born in May of 2012.

After all, identifying your life’s purpose and through it, being able to make a positive impact on the world around you”, Dr. Walker often says, “is what life is really about!”

Dr. Walker’s goal is to be an advocate for the healthcare of all children and to develop successful programs and influence policies that will improve the health and survival of infants and children in underserved communities across the nation.

Dr. Walker’s goal is to be an advocate for the healthcare of all children and to develop successful programs and influence policies that will improve the health and survival of infants and children in underserved communities across the nation.

She has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006-2007, the Presidential Scholars Award at Harvard University 2006-2007 and the Dr. Milton Rosenbluth Fellowship at Cornell University Medical College. The fellowship through Cornell enabled her to spend two months working in Argentina in various pediatric hospital and clinical settings. She was also selected to represent BIDMC as a Fellow in the 2008 Partnership, Inc. Program.

While residing in the Northeast, her record of volunteerism included mentoring teenage girls interested in science in Boston, mentoring pregnant teens at Inwood House in New York, and teaching STD/AIDS educational programs to youth in Philadelphia and New York City schools.  While studying in the South, Dr. Walker mentored teens in Nashville’s “Lifting as We Climb” Program.

Dr. Stephaine continues to mentor numerous undergraduate, medical, dental and public health students, as well as, medical residents and fellows as they move about all over the country.