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Kevin A. Walter, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 225-5767

Office: (585) 225-5767

Fax: (585) 276-2892

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Cancer, Neurosurgery


Dr. Walter is Chief of Neurosurgery at UR Medicine's Highland Hospital and a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree and completed neurosurgical residency training at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, where he also completed a National Cancer Institute sponsored fellowship in neuro-oncology.

Following completion of residency training he served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was named director of adult neuro-oncology, and was recruited to the University of Rochester in 2007.

Dr. Walter performs brain and spinal tumor surgeries at both Strong Memorial Hospital and Rochester General Hospital. He sees patients in clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Clifton Springs Hospital, and has special expertise in image guided neurosurgery, radiosurgery, and complex spinal surgery for tumors.

He runs an active clinical research program that is involved in evaluating experimental therapeutics for patients with brain and spinal cancer. He is particularly interested in developing therapies that not only extend survival, but that also improve the quality of life for people afflicted with these diseases. He runs a research laboratory at the University of Rochester that seeks to develop new targets for tumors.




    MD | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA)

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/1996 - 06/30/2001
    Residency in Neurological Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    07/01/1995 - 06/30/1996
    Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


    NREF Young Investigator Award
    Sponsor: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

    Blue Ribbon Presentation
    Sponsor: Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    Location: San Diego, California

    Hunterian Resident Neurosurgical Research Award
    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University
    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Outstanding Presentation
    Sponsor: 2nd International Congress of Neurogenetics
    Location: Terni, Italy

    Hunterian Medical Student Neurosurgical Research Award
    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University
    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society
    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University Chapter
    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Harry Strong Dennison Award for Medical Student Research
    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University
    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Sigma Xi, National Research Honor Society
    Sponsor: Williams College
    Location: Williamstown, MA

    John Sabin Adriance Award for Highest Rank in Chemistry
    Sponsor: Williams College
    Location: Williamstown, MA

    American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry
    Sponsor: Connecticut Valley Section

    Barry M. Goldwater National Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society
    Sponsor: Williams College
    Location: Williamstown, MA

    Georgia-Pacific Foundation Scholarship

    Tyng Fellowship
    Sponsor: Williams College
    Location: Williamstown, MA

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    Journal Articles

    Liau LM, Ashkan K, Brem S, Campian JL, Trusheim JE, Iwamoto FM, Tran DD, Ansstas G, Cobbs CS, Heth JA, Salacz ME, D'Andre S, Aiken RD, Moshel YA, Nam JY, Pillainayagam CP, Wagner SA, Walter KA, Chaudhary R, Goldlust SA, Lee IY, Bota DA, Elinzano H, Grewal J, Lillehei K, Mikkelsen T, Walbert T, Abram S, Brenner AJ, Ewend MG, Khagi S, Lovick DS, Portnow J, Kim L, Loudon WG, Martinez NL, Thompson RC, Avigan DE, Fink KL, Geoffroy FJ, Giglio P, Gligich O, Krex D, Lindhorst SM, Lutzky J, Meisel HJ, Nadji-Ohl M, Sanchin L, Sloan A, Taylor LP, Wu JK, Dunbar EM, Etame AB, Kesari S, Mathieu D, Piccioni DE, Baskin DS, Lacroix M, May SA, New PZ, Pluard TJ, Toms SA, Tse V, Peak S, Villano JL, Battiste JD, Mulholland PJ, Pearlman ML, Petrecca K, Schulder M, Prins RM, Boynton AL, Bosch ML. "Association of Autologous Tumor Lysate-Loaded Dendritic Cell Vaccination With Extension of Survival Among Patients With Newly Diagnosed and Recurrent Glioblastoma: A Phase 3 Prospective Externally Controlled Cohort Trial." JAMA oncology.. 2023 Jan 1; 9(1):112-121.

    Warren KT, Liu L, Liu Y, Strawderman MS, Hussain AH, Ma HM, Milano MT, Mohile NA, Walter KA. "Time to treatment initiation and outcomes in high-grade glioma patients in rehabilitation: a retrospective cohort study." CNS oncology.. 2020 Oct 28; :CNS64. Epub 2020 Oct 28.

    Liu Y, Strawderman MS, Warren KT, Richardson M, Serventi JN, Mohile NA, Milano MT, Walter KA. "Clinical Efficacy of Tumor Treating Fields for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma." Anticancer research.. 2020 Oct; 40(10):5801-5806.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: "Reoperative Craniotomy"
    Book Title: Operative Neurosurgery
    Author List: Walter, K. A.
    Edited By: Connolly, E. S.; McKhann, G. M.; Huang, J.; Choudhri, T. F.; Mocco, J.
    Published By: Thieme Medical Publishers 2007 in New York

    Chapter Title: "Thalamotomy for Treatment of Essential Tremor"
    Book Title: Surgery for Parkinson's disease and movement disorders
    Author List: Walter, K. A.; Lee, J.-I.; Lenz, F. A.
    Edited By: Krauss, J. K.; Jankovic, J.; Grossman, R. G.
    Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2001 in Philadelphia

    Chapter Title: "Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome"
    Book Title: Infections in neurological surgery: diagnosis and management
    Author List: Walter, K. A.; Clatterbuck, R. E.; Rigamonti, D.
    Edited By: Osenbach, R.K.; Zeidman, S.M.
    Published By: Lippincott-Raven 1999 in Philadelphia




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