Dr. Jim Walton is President and CEO of Dallas-based Genesis Physicians Group, the largest independent physician practice association (IPA) in North Texas, comprising more than 1,650 physician members representing more than 70 specialties.
Joining Genesis in 2013, he led the organization to create one of the region’s first physician-led, clinically integrated accountable care organizations (ACO), providing direction and support to Genesis physicians relative to clinical care redesign and physician collaboration across specialties.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Walton held a number of executive leadership roles within Baylor Health Care System from 1996–2013, including his last role as Vice President of Network Performance for Baylor’s ACO. From 2002–2012, he provided strategic leadership and medical direction for the Dallas County Medical Society’s Project Access Dallas, a volunteer network of more than 2,000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive health care access to uninsured people throughout Dallas County. In 2009, he received the prestigious DCMS Charles Max Cole Leadership Award and was elected to serve as President of the 7,000+ physician member Dallas County Medical Society in 2015.
Dr. Walton is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas and is Board Certified by the American College of Internal Medicine. Dr. Walton earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 2009, and in 2016 joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Business. In 2016, Dr. Walton was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians.
He is married to Dr. Rhonda Walton, has four adult children. In his leisure time, he enjoys backpacking and biking. He is also an active volunteer using his business skills working with incarcerated felons in a Texas-based prison entrepreneurship program.