Dr. Walz, originally from Colorado, fell in love with Alaska during a high school visit with his grandparents. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Baylor University followed by combined osteopathic medical school and public health degrees at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as well as a pre-doctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Manual Medicine. He proceeded to complete a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis after which he moved to Fairbanks to practice full spectrum inpatient and outpatient internal medicine and pediatrics in a tribal health setting for a little more than a half-decade. Over the last 3 years he was the Director of Osteopathic Education at the Montana Family Medicine Residency, completed advanced training in wilderness medicine, tropical medicine and HIV/AIDS care. He is delighted to return to his favorite state to practice as a full-time hospitalist.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, swimming, music, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing and playing board games with friends and family.