Arthur K. Walling, M.D.

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“I have had the privilege of caring for my many patients to the extent that I am now treating their next generations."

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Dr. Walling is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery as well as musculoskeletal oncology. He was director of the Orthopaedic Residency training program at the University of South Florida and Full Professor until 1989 when he became a founding member of Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Walling received his medical education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Florida. He completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal pathology at the University of Florida and a preceptorship in foot and ankle surgery in California.

Dr. Walling serves as the Director of the Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship Program at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Walling has presented lectures and research at more than 100 national and international meetings and educational forums. He has been Chairman of the AO North America Foot and Ankle Courses since 1999. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and abstracts and has been the recipient of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Roger A Mann, M.D. Award for outstanding clinical study on two occasions. He is an original member of the FDA study on the S.T.A.R. total ankle replacement, and continues to be active in numerous ongoing research projects. He served as an original Cancer Committee member of The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Sarcoma Program Leader.

Dr. Walling is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. . Dr. Walling is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He has been a member of the AAOS  Education Committee and has written for both the Orthopaedic in-training examinations as well as the ABOS board certification exams. He is currently Chairman of the AAOS  Foot and Ankle Evaluation Subcommittee.

Credentials

  • Medical Degree, Creighton University Medical Center
  • Residency, Creighton University Medical Center, General Surgery
  • Residency, University of South Florida Affiliated Hospitals, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, University of Florida, Musculoskeletal Pathology

Testimonials

When I arrived at Dr. Walling's office I had over 7 surgeries on my left ankle and it still wasn't working correctly. Pain was a constant reminder of the initial accident (falling down a wheelchair ramp), and if I did too much; I was literally down off my ankle for at least one day.

After meeting with Dr. Walling, getting a new MRI done and another office visit it was determined I needed an ankle fusion. Things just weren't working right and the pain was just going to get a lot worse. I liked Dr. Walling's no non-sense approach and I knew he would not just operate because he liked it. After the surgery, I cried and I cried the pain was over the top, but Dr. Walling and his Associates assured me that all went well and I would soon recover. Over the next 6 months as I healed and learned to function a different way, the staff especially Ann Marie helped this process so much. I even teased Dr. Walling about his bedside manner (matter of fact) I loved his dry sense of humor. Recently, I had to go see Dr. Walling about my right ankle as I had fractured it and I would see none other that Dr. Walling. Once you have been treated by the best you simply don't see anyone else.

Thanks F.O.I. Dr. Walling and staff. I am a patient for life.

Wanda Hargrove

I am a new patient who in 2 visits has experienced wonderful results in my journey to wellness. Through some unique treatments I have gotten back feeling & reflex in the foot, ankle and other joints. I can do some walking now and have reduced pain in arthritic ankle.  While I have a way to go, in 2 visits he accomplished much more than I have received from other physicians over 10 years. I look forward to what is in store for me next. 


Judi Fox

Recently I had the privilege to be a patient of Dr. walling. I say this because after my visits with him prior to surgery, I felt completely at ease about my upcoming surgery. My surgery was complex, my pain after surgery was the worst I could imagine but Dr. Walling and his staff demanded that I take drugs that would manage that pain. I being the control freak thought I could do it without any.(ha..I am probably one of the few patients who need drugs and didn't want them) they reassured me that I would not become addicted and monitored me carefully. Now here is the best part of FOI, her name is Ann Marie. She is Dr. walling's secretary. She has to take calls from all of the ailing, failing, drugged, unmedicated, overmedicated patients. She has to listen to why they are sure they are dying, wondering if they are becoming neurotic, to those who are obviously irritated and all the while, she is courteous, sweet, kind , empathetic while maintaining a professional demeanor. It was her reassurance that put my fears to rest! I hope Dr. Walling knows what a fabulous asset Ann Marie is to FOI. I will be there a lot over the next three months, I hope my entire experience is as positive as the one I have had so far.

Sandra A. Ray

I am alive and active because of Dr. Walling. In 1987, at the rambunctious and invincible age of 14, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) of my tibia (lower leg bone) and I have been his patient ever since. I was not the most compliant patient; In fact, I was probably one of the most misbehaved to say the least. All the while, Dr. Walling handled me with genuine care, honesty, and compassion regardless of my antics. Dr. Walling & Dr. Bernasek did a total knee replacement with a tibia cadaver replacement one week after I turned 18. Now, I am a 40 year old registered nurse working in oncology in St. Petersburg, Florida and I am still walking on the same total knee and cadaver bone Dr. Walling and Dr. Bernasek did for me 23 years ago. Yes, 23 YEARS! Dr. Walling, to this day, has been the most frank and honest doctor I have ever known personally and professionally. I am privileged to be his patient!

Bonnie Gill, R.N., B.S.N. (Oncology nurse)