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Geriatrician, Associate Dean Pacific
Department of Medicine (Dunedin)
Research summary
Healthy ageing, geriatrics, Pacific Island health, medical education
  • MICN 2-6: Pacific Island mentor and tutor
  • MICN 4: Clinical teaching, lectures, tutorials and examiner
  • MICN 6: Clinical teaching, lectures and tutorials
  • Associate Dean Pacific
  • Pacific Island Curriculum Committee
  • Medical Admissions, Alternative Category Committee
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • World Medical Association
  • Chair, Kiwi Leadership Network USA
  • Geriatrician and Internal Medicine Consultant
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health


Xaviour Walker is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School and is triple American Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

He completed his post graduate medical training from Harvard, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also received his Master’s in Public Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and University of California, Irvine.

He lectures internationally on healthy ageing, preventive medicine and public health. He has research interests in healthy ageing, geriatrics, tropical medicine, Pacific Island health and workforce and medical education.

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Honors and Prizes

  • 2014 - International Resident Leadership Award (Inaugural recipient) Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada
  • 2014 - David Patton Scholarship in Preventive Medicine Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2012 - Dr. Robert B. Ullian Award, Commitment to Exemplary Medical Service and Patient Care, Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2012 - David Frommer M.D. Award, Senior Medical Resident who Exemplifies Traits of Dr. David Frommer Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2006 - Deans Prize for Greatest Contribution to the Medical Faculty, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2006 - Top Trainee Intern Teacher, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2006 - Certificate for Outstanding Service and Contribution Pacific Island Health Student Professional Students’ Association


Cheung, G., Beyene, K., Chan, A. H. Y., Drayton, B. A., Jamieson, H., Lyndon, M., … Walker, X., & Rivera-Rodriguez, C. (2024). Falls risk in long-term care residents with cognitive impairment: Effects of COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 25, 182. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2023.11.006 Journal - Research Article

Scoon, C., Walker, X. J., Gale, J. T., Gerrard, D., Peddie, M., Russell-Camp, T., Waters, D. L., Osborne, H., … Vlietstra, L. (2023). The physical function of retired elite athletes compared to the general population: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Sport & Exercise Science, 7(4), (pp. 134). doi: 10.36905/jses.2023.04.01 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

March de Ribot, F., March de Ribot, A., Walker, X., Jamieson, H., & Cheung, G. (2023). Dementia and cataract surgery in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 42, 450-454. doi: 10.1111/ajag.13208 Journal - Research Article

Whitehead, J., Blattner, K., Miller, R., Crengle, S., Ram, S., Walker, X., & Nixon, G. (2023). Defining catchment boundaries and their populations for Aotearoa New Zealand's rural hospitals. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(1), 14-23. doi: 10.1071/hc22133 Journal - Research Article

Walker, X. (2022, September). Equality for our Pacific elders: Using interRAI to understand older Pacific people in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Pasifika Medical Association Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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