A photograph portrait of Dr. Wanda Walker Hodges.

Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services

Dr. Wanda Walker Hodges strives to create a collaborative work culture by bridging the gaps between healthcare provider to provider and navigating complex relationships.

Dr. Walker Hodges previously served as the director of perioperative service for the Midtown Campus for seven years. She was instrumental in increasing the campus's surgical volume by 50%. She also expanded and developed new service lines, including otolaryngology, gynecology, neurology, orthopedic spine, robotics and a breast program.

In collaboration with colleagues, Dr. Walker Hodges was instrumental in the development of a central sterile processing training program. The program achieved a 100% graduation rate and certification. During the pandemic, she proved herself to be a leader in change management and process improvement, opening a COVID-19 response unit, personal protective equipment distribution center and testing center for patients.

Prior to her leadership roles at the UMMC Midtown Campus, Dr. Walker Hodges served as a certified nurse anesthetist with over 25 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and earned a Master of Science with a specialization in nurse anesthesia from the University of South Carolina as well as a Doctor of Nurse Practice from Capella University.

Dr. Walker Hodges has served on the Board of Nursing in South Carolina, as president of the South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthesia. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association, the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. She is active in the community and leads several faith-based initiatives related to health and wellness.