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Janet Walker

Janet L. Walker, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English

Janet Walker, M.D., is an attending surgeon at Shriners Children's Lexington and a professor of orthopedics at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of clinical expertise and research include lower extremity deformities, congenital limb deficiencies, clubfeet and amputations in children. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and completed her undergraduate, medical school and orthopedic residency at the University of South Florida. She trained in pediatric orthopedics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Ontario, Canada with Dr. Mercer Rang and traveled to Kurgan, Russia for special training in the Ilizarov method of limb lengthening.

After two years as the only pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Texas Tech University, Dr. Walker joined the team at the Shriners Children's Lexington. She came here to be part of a collaborative group of professionals providing world-class orthopedic care, exclusively to children. Unlike an academic medical center, or even a children’s hospital, at the Shriners Children's Lexington, Dr. Walker gets to work with nurses, care managers, surgical teams, radiological technologists, therapists, social workers and other staff who are totally focused on orthopedic conditions in children. The knowledge, expertise and efficiency of these teams allow her patients to undergo long and difficult treatments with rapid and exceptional recovery. Some children require a short but intense intervention. Others are followed from birth until they are 18 years old. Dr. Walker has enjoyed being at Shriners Children's Lexington long enough to care for the second generation in some of her patients' families.

One example of the collaborative care at Shriners Children's Lexington is the prosthetics clinic, where Dr. Walker cares for children who have amputations. Professionals in orthotics and prosthetics, physical and occupational therapy, care management and social work staff the clinic and give input into the treatment alternatives for each child, depending on their needs, wants and desires. Dr. Walker can then prescribe the appropriate treatment and determine if surgery can improve the child’s function. Her goal is to help every child achieve his or her full potential.

In addition to membership in national pediatric orthopedic organizations, Dr. Walker has spearheaded a research-focused workgroup of surgeons throughout the Shriners Children's network. Their goal is to use a multi-centered approach to determine best treatments for children with lower limb deformities and deficiencies. Using the vast clinical expertise throughout the Shriners Children's system, this workgroup will allow the study of a large number of children with these uncommon conditions, collecting enough information to make evidence-based recommendations.

While there is little free time, caring for her two children and two grandchildren, Dr. Walker likes to travel, hike, do arts and crafts, embroidery, knitting and crocheting.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Tampa, FL

Polyclinic Medical Center
Harrisburg, PA

Polyclinic Medical Center
Harrisburg, PA

University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Tampa, FL

Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON

Academic Positions and Locations

University of KY
Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics), full Tenure

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2000-Present: Clinic Chief, Shriners Children's Lexington, Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics
  • 2012-2013: Program Committee Chair, Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics
  • 2001-Present: Chair, Infection Control Committee, Shriners Children's Lexington
  • 1993-1994: President, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Editorial Positions
  • 2019-Present: Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
  • 2011-Present: Reviewer, Current Orthopaedic Practice
Awards and Honors
  • 2016-Present, Top Doctor in Lexington, Kentucky, International Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Leading Physicians of the World
  • 2015-Present, America's Best Physicians
  • 2003-Present, American Orthopaedic Association
Providers Academic Works And Presentations Accordion Title
  • Presentation: Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics Annual Meeting (virtual) - Challenging Case: Growing Up Means Getting Up Off of the Floor (04/2021)
  • Eposter: American Orthopaedic Association, Charlotte, North Carolina, Obesity and Idiopathic Genu Valgum in Children and Adolescents (06/2017)
  • Presentation: 1st Annual Combined Meeting of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Barcelona, Spain - Ponseti Treatment of Clubfeet Results in Less Foot Size Asymmetry Than Comprehensive Surgical Releases (05/2017)
  • Presentation: 1st Annual Combined Meeting of the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Barcelona, Spain - Pediatric Forearm Fractures Are Effectively Immobilized with a Sugar Tong Splint Following Closed Reduction (05/2017)
  • Presentation: Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics Annual Meeting, Broomfield Colorado - Upper Extremity Anomalies Associated With Femoral and Fibular Deficiency (04/2016)


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