Dr. Walner was born and raised in the Chicago area. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School, a general surgery internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and an otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) residency at the historic University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Walner then completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the prestigious Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.
Dr. Walner has expertise, experience, and has given numerous lectures on pediatric airway and pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders. These include problems involving the tonsils and adenoids, larynx and trachea, in addition to pediatric sinusitis and ear disease. He has been featured on NBC 5 News, WGN TV News, and CBS TV News, Wall Street Journal, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Pioneer Press newspapers. Dr. Walner was named a Chicago area Top Doctor 2008; and listed among America’s Top Surgeons and Top Physicians in 2010.
In addition to Dr. Walner’s private practice, he holds a teaching appointment at Rush University Medical Center where he is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Dr. Walner is board certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He is an active member of the following organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, American Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons. He is co-director of the Pediatric Airway Center of Chicago.
Dr. Walner is on staff at Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital / Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Rush University Medical Center, NorthShore University Hospitals (Skokie, Highland Park, Evanston, and Glenbrook), and the Golf Surgical Center.
I met Dr. Walner when my 4 year old son was having chronic fevers and malaise monthly for a year. We sat and discussed possible diagnoses and decided on a tonsillectomy to see if that cured his syndrome. And I’m happy to say it did! Dr. Walner was patient and understanding of the stress our family and our son were going through after having this illness for over a year. He talked to my son with compassion and calmed any fears he had. My son has been illness free for almost 4 years now and I can’t thank him enough! He is truly a wonderful man and doctor. – Jennifer P., Google Reviews
My son has seasonal allergies and i was suspecting he might have a sinus infection, after taking antibiotics and him not feeling any better as well as taking allergy medicine i decided maybe i should take him to a pediatric ENT specialist. And im glad i did. The Dr Walner addressed all my concerns and put them to rest, he was thorough and precise and even cleaned my babies ears from excess wax. Mind you this was a friday late afternoon right before the holidays, yet he gave us all the attention and time, no rush no dismissal of our concerns. I’ll definitely follow up and recommend him to all my friends and family. – Maha A., Google Reviews
I took my 3 mo to visit Dr. Walner, he was easy to talk with and was gentle with my little one. The office was easy to get in and out of, both with scheduling and with parking the day of. – Shawn F, Google Reviews