Joan Walter, JD, PA

Joan Walter, JD, PA

Director, Scientific Programs, Integrative Health Programs

Joan Walter joined the Samueli Institute in 2005 as the Samueli Institute’s Director of Military Medical Research Programs and later served as its Chief Operating Officer from 2010-2017. she transitioned to the Integrative Health Programs team in 2017. Trained as Physician’s Assistant and Lawyer, her professional career spans 4 decades in clinical care, medical research, and organizational management. She held previous medical care and research management positions at Yale University and Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and was a program manager at Colgate-Palmolive R&D and International Flavors and Fragrances.

In her current role, Joan is responsible for directing innovative R&D programs with academic and corporate partners, to advance integrative health practices and products into the mainstream.