Our Physician Profile series features different medical professionals in the One to One Personal Physician Network so you can get to know the doctors and nurses who care for our area’s employees and families.
This month, just in time for spring allergy season, we chatted with Dr. Russell Walker from The Allergy & Asthma Group.
Q: What is your area of specialty?
A: Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Q: In what medical group or practice do you work?
A: The Allergy & Asthma Group
Q: Why did you become a doctor/ why did you choose your area of specialty?
A: I always wanted to be an engineer or a doctor, so when I went to UTK my first quarter, I took an engineering course and pre-med courses. My engineering course was at 6:00 at night and had a professor that no one could stand. Needless to say, that class steered me toward medicine. So I should thank that professor for my career decision!
Q: What’s the one thing you wish all your patients knew?
A: I believe that after I see my patients, they know I treat them as a friend. I value their time but will do whatever it takes to help them. I treat patients as I would want to be treated.
Q: What’s your favorite form of exercise?
A: Water skiing and hiking
Q: What is your top recommendation for nutrition/ or healthy lifestyle changes?
A: Healthy meal choices, smaller portions, and some form of exercise for 30-60 minutes 3-5 times per week. I don't believe in fad diets.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: I don't read; I go to movies and love popcorn.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about Chattanooga?
A: Its natural beauty and abundance of ways to enjoy these natural surroundings
Q: How would you describe your personality in three words?
A: Empathetic, passionate, and caring
Q: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
A: Only a few people know, but I'm a HUGE University of Tennessee sports fan. Also, while in the Air Force, I was taken up on a flight in a T-37, which is the first training jet that pilots in the Air Force fly. The instructor let me steer the jet and do a super loop and rolls. I almost passed out from G forces at the bottom of the super loop but managed to hold it together and not puke in his plane.
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