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Madison Parks is pleased to begin a local chapter with Just Walk, Walk with a Doc program.

Walk with a Doc is a free program for anyone interested in taking steps for their health by enjoying a refreshing, rejuvenating walk in the park.  Walk with a Doc was founded in 2005 by Columbus, Ohio cardiologist David Sabgir, as a way to encourage healthy physical activity, with the goals of reversing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and improving the health and well-being of our country.  The Walk with a Doc program now has chapters in 19 states. The Madison Parks chapter would be the first in Wisconsin!

The organized walks will start in a Madison Park and will be led by a local doctor. The walks will be held at all times of the day: morning, afternoon, evening; weekday/weekends. 

The physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals will provide:

  • a 5 minute talk at the beginning of the event about a health topic of their choice.
  • lead the walk and answer questions from participants.

Each walk will be approximately 30-45 minutes. People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Attendees are encouraged to bring family members, friends, and neighbors to this great event. 




Walk with a Doc


Warner Park, 2930 North Sherman Avenue

Physician: Dr. James Maloney

Topic: Lung Cancer

Dr. James Maloney is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery for UW Health. He specializes in general thoracic and oncologic surgery. Dr. Maloney performs lung transplants, as well as several minimally invasive surgeries. His research focuses on aging, cancer, restoring function following chest surgery, and new treatments for end stage lung disease. In 2012, Dr. Maloney was named as the Madison Magazine Top Doctors for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Maloney will begin his walk with a brief talk about lung cancer. You will plenty of time throughout the walk to ask him more specific questions as you walk through Warner Park. Enjoy a nice, fall walk through the park, and learn more about this lung cancer from Dr. Maloney.


Walk with a Doc

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 a.m.

Cherokee Marsh North Unit, 6098 North Sherman Avenue

Physician: Dr. Lee Wilke

Topic: Breast Cancer 101

Dr. Lee Wilke is the Director of the UW Health Breast Center, and is a board certified surgeon. She specializes in benign and malignant diseases of the breast, sentinel lymph-node mapping, minimally invasive breast surgery, as well as neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer. Dr. Wilke also does research on new methods for treating breast cancer.  Her research on breast self-exams was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine in 2010.

Join Dr. Wilke for a brisk, Saturday morning walk through Cherokee Marsh North Unit! She will speak about the basics of breast cancer, with opportunities for you to ask questions while she leads the group on a walk. Don’t miss out on this informative walk with the very impressive Dr. Wilke!


Walk with a Doc

Tuesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.

Knollwood Conservation Park, 3334 Westview Lane

Physician: Dr. Dawn Ley

Topic: Hydrotherapy for a Healthy Immune System


Dr. Dawn Ley is a board certified naturopathic doctor, who cares for both acute and chronic conditions. She is the owner of Full Circle Natural Medicine in Madison. She specializes in digestive complaints, diabetes, integrative cancer care, and the management of hormonal imbalances. She utilizes nutritional analysis and physical examination in conjunction with careful review of laboratory studies to determine individualized recommendations.

Don’t miss out on Dr. Ley’s final walk for the year in her series of Walk with a Doc. This time, she will be discussing hydrotherapy for a healthy immune system. She will also be talking about the cold, flu, and general upper respiratory infections. As winter rolls around, you will want to learn how to protect yourself and cope with the upcoming flu season. Then take a walk through Knollwood Conservation Park to enjoy the brisk, Wisconsin weather and scenery.  




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Any doctors wishing to be a part of Madison chapter of the Walk with a doc program should contact


Please email Laura Whitmore at

Just Walk - A walk with a Doc Program