Dilys Walker, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Walker works jointly in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global Health Sciences Departments at UCSF. Dr. Walker is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was Associate Director for the Center for Global Women Adolescent and Child Health. Dilys is also a visiting Professor in Reproductive Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, where she worked from 1998- 2009.

Her principal research interests are maternal mortality and morbidity, abortion, family planning, and adolescent reproductive health with a focus in Latin America. Dr. Walker and her team developed a novel approach to emergency obstetric training, PRONTO, using highly-realistic low-cost simulation and team training to improve both obstetric and neonatal outcomes. Dr. Walker is president and co-founder of PRONTO International, an NGO dedicated to making birth safer for mothers, infants and their providers. Dr. Walker collaborates with partners in Mexico, Guatemala and Kenya. She is collaborating with Care India on a mentor training program using simulation and team-training for midwives throughout the state of Bihar, India.


Areas of interest:

  • Maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Global Health
  • Inter-professional training
  • Implementation science



  • University of California, San Diego, Medical Doctorate
  • University of Pennsylvania, Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Family Planning