About Me

I am an anaesthesiologist who has morphed into author and freelance writer. I have always enjoyed writing, but it was only when I retired from a hectic life in hi-tech medicine that I was able to take it seriously. I have had articles published in Joy! Magazine, (a national Christian mag), Your Family, SA Country Life and the Weekend Argus magazine section. My other writing can be viewed at  Faithwriters.com

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but trained in medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and specialised in anaesthetics at Groote Schuur Hospital. Most of my professional career was in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and in the United Arab Emirates, where I was Head of Department at Tawam Hospital, Al Ain.

I now live in Howick, KwazuluNatal with Dorelle, my wife.


26 thoughts on “About Me

    • Hi Sharon. Great to hear from you. The writing was the easy part. Getting it out there is a different story, but I am sure the Lord wants it well distributed. It has already brought such encouragement to those who have read it — to His glory!

  1. Hi Dave. Wolf forwarded your web address to me. Looking forward to reading your book & remembering the good times in the Cranio-Facial theatre at Greys! Regards, Shirley Hooker

  2. Hi Dave
    I was forwarded your link by Wolf yesterday. It was a great joy to hear what you are up to having known and respected you at a distance as a student nurse at Greys. I responded to Wolf and then found your blog…I am happy to be able to encourage you and communicate directly with you! Please read my reply to Wolf below, and know you have been an inspiration to many…..I look forward to reading your book now.
    Sarah Boustred ( née Sevenoaks)

    “It was So special for me ( Sarah ) to read about Dave Walker. I remember him so very well from my ” old Grey’s & St Anne’s  days ” where as a very young, impressionable student nurse finding my place in the medical world, I felt such respect and admiration for the way this amazing anesthetist conducted himself as a follower of Christ. He was always such an example to us student nurses, and we all loved him dearly. I remember his quiet, gentle spirit in the OR and around the hospital, and the way he treated everyone with kindness. I particularly remember and appreciated his post op orders….always so legible, since he spent a good amount of his time practicing his calligraphy while his patients were under anesthetic :))) We would bemoan all the other Dr’s illegible scrawl!  I have often referenced him as a role model during those years of my life in Natal. So it is no great surprise to see the title of his book, and know where his passion stems from. I think I will have to get this book! Thanks for sharing this. I wish I could tell him just how much he was appreciated and encouraged many. If you are ever intouch with him, please convey that. ( I’m sure he would never remember insignificant Sarah Sevenoaks!)”

  3. Dr Walker how wonderful it was when my brother forwarded this to me.You probably won’t remember me (Jossie Bright ) but I had the privilege of working with you at Old Greys and St Annes. I am sure you will remember my sister-in-law (Mel Bright ) I have very fond memories of how wonderful you were to my Dad when he was dying, of you visiting him at home and the great comfort you gave him with the tapes of your sermons that you left for him to listen to, I wish you all the luck in the world and hope that your book is an enormous success. I have thought of you often over the years and wondered where you were and what you were doing and am so pleased to know you are well and enjoying retirement with Much Love Jossie PS is your book available on Amazon ..I live in Australia now and would love to purchases a copy

    • Hi Jossie. What a lovely surprise to hear from you. I have to admit that I do remember Mel a bit more clearly. I also remember visiting your dad.
      Yes, God in the ICU is available from Amazon in both Kindle and as a paperback. I believe, from other Australian friends, though, that the paperback is quite costly to ship, as it is to South Africa. You might try Smashwords, which is possibly cheaper. Otherwise, as you can see from a recent post on my blog, I am investigating a print on demand printer who might deliver to you more reasonably. I’m having a series of book launches in Pietermaritzburg, which are going very well indeed. Then I’ll be in Johannesburg for 10 days. As soon as I get back to Cape Town I’ll investigate the printer and post something on my blog. I’d love some feedback when you’ve read the book.

      • Dave for anyone that is interested I have just ordered your book on The Book Depositary …it is a really good site in the UK and there is no postage fee
        I saw someone in New Zealand asking about ordering you might like to let them know I have ordered a number of books from them and pay via Pay Pal and have never been disappointed …..Am excitedly awaiting my copy

  4. Dear Dr Walker – when i read your name on the facebook page – i clearly saw your image in my minds eye and it was such a lovely memory! I remember you clearly and worked with you in Greys and St Annes theatre….I loved working with you as everything always went in a calm orderly fashion and you had a serenity about you which had a positive effect not just on our patient but also on us, the staff working with you. I also remember the long days in theatre 9 Greys…. I would love to have a copy of your book and lives in New Zealand (and is at the moment in Fiji with my husband for three years). I still work, but nowadays in Research investigating cardio biomarkers and will be in NZ for two months coming…there are quite a few nurseswho have worked with you in NZ that would love to have your book too – i am sure…Take care and will watch your webpage for more details as to the easiest way to get a copy of your book…

    • Hi Deirdre. Lovely to hear from you. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out what is the most cost-effective way to get a book to you. I presume you want a paperback. If you want an e-book, it’s available from Amazon, Smashwords or Faithwriters.

      • Hi Deirdre
        I have done some investigation. You can order the book from The Book Depository. Their price is almost the same as Amazon and they give free delivery worlwide. I was worried that they were a pirate company, but they are above board. They buy the book from Amazon’s publishing arm and pass it on from there.

  5. i heard about your book on radio and i am looking forward to reading it. I’m still in high school, i would love to study medicine, but i enjoy writing more. I’m not really sure what career to follow up, because i really don’t want to make a mistake. I was just wondering if you had any advise for me, seeing that you have experienced both careers first hand. I would really appreciate it. 😉

    • Hi Sugrun
      So glad to get your question.
      It’s a hard one for me to answer. I don’t think they are mutually exclusive.
      I certainly would choose medicine again, but I would write about my experiences and keep a diary for future reference.
      We had a physician in Pietermaritzburg who also had a highly successful colulmn in the paper.
      I hope this is a help.
      God bless

  6. Hi Dr Walker. A medical Rep who had worked with you in Grey’s told me about your book and I found it on the internet. I devoured it over the last 3 days. As an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist I have had so many opportunities to pray with my patients and have also had many wonderful experiences of blessing. But your experiences have been truly inspirational and a role model for Christian doctors and nurses. I have recommended your book to all my professional acquaintances, even as far as the USA and Aus.
    There is a statement by a Christian writer I hold in high regard: “There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God. All who consecrate body, soul, and spirit to His service will be constantly receiving a new endowment of physical, mental, and spiritual power. The inexhaustible supplies of heaven are at their command.” (Ministry of Healing p 159, by EG White).
    Thank you for sharing of yourself, and showing us how to do it. God bless. Dave Glass

    • Hi Dave
      Great to hear from you and to get such positive feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I so want God to get the glory for the way He impacts lives when we pray.
      I was also blessed to hear that you pray for your patients.If we can influence others to pray, I’m sure we’ll see so much more healing — true healing, not just of the bodies — in the medical field.

  7. Dear Dr Walker,
    Not sure if you’ll remember me, I am Viv née Rethman, now Alborough, I had the honour and joy of working with yourself and Dave Hurrell in the Grey’s craniofacial theatre, many years ago now….such happy memories! I look forward to tracking down and reading your book.

  8. Hi Viv
    Great to hear from you.
    Of course I remember you. Where are you living now?
    There is a list under “About my Book” of where you can get a copy of my book. If you’re out of South Africa most people seem to be getting it from Smashwords or Amazon. It’s also available on Kindle.
    If you’re still in South Africa I could send you a copy (and sign it if you like). Just email me.

  9. Dear Dr Walker

    I don’t know if you’ll remember me. My name is Jennifer, if I remember correctly, you were someone that was present when I had my tonsils removed when I was around 5 years old. I went absolutely hysterical when someone (I’m unsure if it was you) tried to put the mask over my face and my mother, Avon, had to be escorted out of the room. We were talking about you recently, and that I could still remember your concerned face as the last thing I saw before I went under. She sent me the link to this blog last night as well as telling me about the book you published. It’s so wonderful, I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your writing, as I’m a writer now myself. As well as still being terrified of anesthesia at 24 years old! 🙂
    I wish you all the best! Good luck on any future endeavors.

    • Hi Jennifer
      Oh dear! So sorry to be responsible for your fear of anaesthetics.I came across so many patients who had been ‘smothered’by the anaesthetist as children and the fear stayed with them. I shudder to think that I was also responsible.
      I’m so glad to hear, firstly, that you like my writing (have you read my book?– I’m currently about to publish a revised version of Prayer, Medicine and Miracles) and secondly that you’re writing. I look forward to reading it on your blog. Have you written a book?

      • Hi Dr Walker

        You were definitely not the cause of it! That I can promise you 🙂 I think I just had a fear of it for some other unknown reason.
        I have not read your book as yet, but I’d really love to. I should be finishing up my own book shortly yes. 🙂

  10. Dr. Walker,

    In this past week I have read both Prayer, Medicine and Miracles and Crisis in the Chldren’s ward. I am not one who generally would post to a blog. I was touched so deeply by both books and as a nurse here in America I found your faith your faith reflected in your stories encouraging and prayer provoking. I plan to start God in the ICU soon. It is difficult at times to remember God is with us always we just need to give ourselves to him. Your books have encouraged me to follow Him more earnestly and to listen His direction to my own wants or desires.

    Thank you for your writing it is a wonderful gift and blessing.

    God Bless you.

    • Thank you so much, Priscilla, for your encouragement. It is my heart’s desire that people come to see how close God is and how ready to respond to us when we pray. I have just been praying for you, that the Lord will lead you into all the things He has planned for you. After all, you are His poiema — His poetry — created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for you to do. (Eph. 2:10). Poetry paints pictures of reality that bring out its beauty. That’s what He has prepared for you. Blessings.

    • Priscilla, if you are so inclined, won’t you leave a review for my books on Amazon and Smshwords. Just do a search for my book on their website and there will be a link for you to write a review. I’d so appreciate it as it gives it more exposure for other readers to find.

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