William Walsh

Assistant Professor


I originally trained and worked as an artist and my surgical career has been devoted to using those artistic skills to restore peoples’ faces. Whether it is a subtle concern or reconstructing an entirely missing part of your face, I look forward to getting to know you and discussing a customized surgical plan that is best for you.


  • facial plastic and reconstructive surgery 

  • septoplasty

  • rhinoplasty

  • otoplasty and microtia reconstruction


Undergrad:  University of Notre Dame
Med School: Northwestern University
Internship: Northwestern University
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Louisiana State University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Board of Certified Medical Illustrators

Professional Associations

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research Summary

Dr. Walsh is also a research fellow with the Minnesota Design Center in the School of Design at the University of Minnesota. Using his design training, Dr. Walsh partners with people who have experienced homelessness to promote the health of the unsheltered community. Together they research and design grassroots solutions to address homelessness. 


  • Shulka DM, Walsh WE, Grande SW. Barriers to housing in a grass-roots support group of individuals experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Housing and Society. 2021; doi- 10.1080/08882746.2021.1952388.
  • Olsen C, Grande S, Walsh WE. Program evaluation and improvement by a homeless community using a Human Centered Design approach. J of Participatory Research Methods. Accepted for publication September 2023.
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?sort=pubdate&term=Walsh+WE&cauthor_id=22250268 



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