Walter R. Wilson, M.D. '67
Dr. Walter Wilson is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also has practiced as an infectious disease consultant for more than four decades. He is one of the world’s leading experts on infectious endocarditis, and his development of an experimental model of endocarditis has resulted in numerous critical studies on prevention and treatment for this condition.
An outstanding scientist, educator and leader, he earned the Mayo Clinic’s Teacher of the Year Award on multiple occasions and eventually was elected to the Clinic’s Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame. He also is a recipient of the Edward C. Rosenow, III, M.D., Professorship in the Art of Medicine and the Mayo Distinguished Clinician Award.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Wilson was invited to present at Baylor’s first Raymond Pruitt Lectureship. He has served on dozens of medical and scientific committees at the Mayo Clinic and around the world. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, followed by a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. After serving in the United States Navy, he completed his residency in internal medicine and two fellowships, both in infectious diseases and microbiology, at the Mayo Clinic.