Dr. Frank Walter, M.D.

Divine Savior Wellness Center
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SPECIALTIES

Orthopedics

EDUCATION

Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin

Internship
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

Residency
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery

LOCATION

Divine Savior Wellness Center
2815 New Pinery Rd, Portage, Suite 3

MY STORY

"I try hard to give my patients everything I can at every encounter. I focus on trying to put myself into their shoes and see things from their point of view, treating them the way that I would hope to be treated. I want a chance to meet my patient as a whole and get a better understanding of how their particular disability at that moment is affecting their life."

— Dr. Frank Walter

 

 

Dr. Frank Walter is an Orthopedic Surgeon who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He currently serves as the Chief of Medical Staff at Divine Savior Healthcare and is President on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Orthopaedic Society.

He completed his residency and internship at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center of Detroit, Michigan. He also completed an additional fellowship in Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

"I love the demand of surgical life; being ready at a moment's notice to be able to deal with anything," Dr. Walter tells us.

It's a lesson he may have learned from his father, who had served in the Marine Corps, while growing up in Fullerton, CA and Libertyville, IL. The cohesiveness and closeness of a small town like Portage is something that he was not used to growing up. Despite this, Dr. Walter feels blessed to have had many excellent life teachers- from his parents to friends to surgical mentors.

"If I wasn't a surgeon, I may have been a teacher" very engaged like my high school math teacher. He had this energy not just to teach us but to inspire us. He found ways to get into our lives and connect. That's what I try to do with my patients. I teach them in a language that they understand," Dr. Walter says.

Dr. Walter is proud of the high level of professionalism and expertise at Divine Savior Healthcare, along with the access to the latest emerging technology. But he is most known for staying close to a patient's recovery with a very ordinary, everyday tool: the telephone.

"A surgical mentor of mine called his patients at home. I do the same thing. I really want to know how my patients really feel. Are they doing what I asked them to do? How do they really feel? Patients can get intimidated in a hospital. At home, they are truly themselves. A phone call instantly lets me know about them, their situation, and their recovery. I can hear it in their voices," Dr. Walter says.

Dr. Walter really believes in the mission which Divine Savior Healthcare provides to our community. "At Divine Savior Healthcare, we offer the opportunity for people living in our community to have access to top-notch, cutting edge healthcare without the hassle of being in the big city. This comes along with a slower pace and an opportunity for patients to really get to know their physicians in a more comfortable environment, thus enhancing the entire experience for patient and physician," he says.

"A surgeon must focus in on the moment. Focus on the family and the decision they may have to make about a loved one. Put your own life aside and focus on the patient. You'll never hear me say "I've done everything I can." I never give up on my patients."

In his free time, Dr. Walter and his family like to cook, entertain and find new things to explore around Wisconsin. "I am most proud of my family," he tells us. "They are great. Nothing I have ever accomplished would have been possible without their love and support."

Learn more about hand care from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand at http://www.assh.org/handcare/.