LUMBERTON – Radiation oncologist Dr. Thomas Walden Jr. was named the 2022 UNC Health Southeastern MD during a surprise presentation at the UNC Health Southeastern Medical Staff Christmas Party on December 9th. DE Ward Jr. Named Provider of Excellence.
Established in 2017, the award is presented annually to a provider who shares the qualities of the late Dr. Was best embodied.
“DR. Walden has worked tirelessly to build the radiation oncology program from inception through expansion, including work on the certificate of need with the state and post-fire stabilization and recovery,” said Dr. Joe Roberts, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UNC Health Southeastern, “He supports this hospital system through generous donations both financially and with his time. According to a Gibson Cancer Center teammate, he has compassion for every member of the team and his car can be found at the Gibson Cancer Center every weekend, to ensure his patients are prepared for treatment.”
Walden joined the UNC Health Southeastern medical staff in 1999 and was a full-time radiation oncologist for UNC Health Southeastern’s Gibson Cancer Center. He is certified in therapeutic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Walden moved to North Carolina as a teenager and attended schools in Raleigh. He received a bachelor’s degree from NC State University. He received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1979 and his doctorate in radiation biology in 1983. As a research associate at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, he conducted basic research on the biological effects of radiation before transferring to Georgetown University, where he received his medical degree in 1993. In 1997 he completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda.
Walden felt comfortable with Lumberton because of the opportunity of private practice and working with Dr. attracted Hugh Bryan of Fayetteville. He is associated with medical oncologist/haematologist Dr. Gail Leget is married and lives in Lumberton.
the dr DE Ward Jr. Provider of Excellence Award honors Ward’s 58 years on the medical staff of UNC Health Southeastern and his tireless commitment to providing the best possible care to his patients and his continued efforts to improve the healthcare system and community improve. Previous winners are Dr. John Rozier, Robin Peace, Samuel Britt, and Obiefuna Okoye.