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Kevin A. Walter, M.D.

Cancer, Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Acoustic Neuroma; Brain Tumors; Complex Reconstruction; Cranial Surgery; Glioblastoma, Metastatic, Clinical Trials; Herniated Discs, Stenosis, Back Pain; Meningioma, General; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; Neuro-Oncology, Brain & Spine Cancer; Neurosurgery - Brain; Spinal Surgery; Spinal Tumors; Spine Oncology

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 225-5767

Office: (585) 225-5767

Fax: (585) 276-2892

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Faculty Appointments


Dr. Walter is Chief of Neurosurgery at UR Medicine's Highland Hospital and an Associate 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.



  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


BA | Williams College

MD | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

07/01/1995 - 06/30/1996
Internship in General Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Office of Registrar


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

Milano MT, Okunieff P, Donatello RS, Mohile NA, Sul J, Walter KA, Korones DN. "Patterns and timing of recurrence after temozolomide-based chemoradiation for glioblastoma." International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics.. 2010 Nov 15; 78(4):1147-55. Epub 2010 Mar 06.

Liu Y, Carson-Walter EB, Cooper A, Winans BN, Johnson MD, Walter KA. "Vascular gene expression patterns are conserved in primary and metastatic brain tumors." Journal of neuro-oncology.. 2010 Aug 0; 99(1):13-24. Epub 2010 Jan 09.

Milano MT, Johnson MD, Sul J, Mohile NA, Korones DN, Okunieff P, Walter KA. "Primary spinal cord glioma: a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database study." Journal of neuro-oncology.. 2010 May 0; 98(1):83-92. Epub 2009 Nov 07.

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 Publishers2007 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 & Wilkins2001 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: Lipincott-Raven1999 in Philadelphia




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