Walter selected to serve on national council to combat catastrophic injury among young athletes

February 17, 2014
MILWAUKEE  – Kevin Walter, MD, program director, Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and associate professor of Orthopedics at the Medical College of Wisconsin has been selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) to direct Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS), a two-year initiative to combat the incidence of catastrophic injury among young athletes. The council, led by David Satcher, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General, will review existing research, explore alternative solutions, and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of national guidelines on youth sports safety.

Walter heads up the only sports medicine program in Wisconsin that is just for young athletes. Its goal is to make sure kids are healthy — and can get back to the activities they enjoy — as soon as possible, and works closely with parents, coaches and other specialists to provide care plans that fit each child's specific needs.  

Walter was a key leader in a statewide coalition of stakeholders that advocated in support for concussion legislation - a bill to promote education and awareness of concussion among athletes, parents and coaches. The passage in 2012 of the Youth Sport Concussion legislation, Assembly Bill 259 (companion bill to Senate Bill 243), makes a positive difference for our kids.  

Walter also received the recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for his outstanding leadership in the passage of the Sideline for Safety concussion legislation and subsequent drafting of educational materials used by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

"Dr. Walter's dedication to the goal of improving the quality of care for student athletes, and willingness to go beyond the clinic setting to advocate for the best practice policy, models the influence of our expert members to make positive changes in health care for children and adolescents," said James A. Meyer, MD, FAAP, president, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He is most noted for treating children and adolescents with concussion and non-operative orthopedic problems, such as traumatic and overuse musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Walter lectures to local, regional and national audiences and has published articles about various sports medicine topics, especially concussion. He is an editor of the recently published book, Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion: Diagnosis, Management and Outcomes. In addition, he co-authored a 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report on sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. Dr. Walter is a member of the sports medicine advisory committees for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and National Federation of High School Athletic Association.

Walter received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency and was a chief resident at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Walter completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and ranked in 9 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2012, Children’s Hospital invested more than $117
million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin
The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state’s only private medical school and health sciences graduate school.  Founded in 1893, it is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 1,200 students are enrolled in the Medical College’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee.  New regional medical education campuses are opening in Green Bay in 2015, and in Central Wisconsin in 2016, with each recruiting initial classes of 15-20 students.  A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin.  In FY 2012-13, faculty received approximately $160 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes, of which approximately $144 million is for research.  This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Annually, College faculty direct or collaborate on more than 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,350 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 425,000 patients annually.