Tameeka Law Walker didn’t always dream of being a doctor, but she knew she wanted to serve others. Sadly, she had two cousins pass away when they were young. One died from lupus; the other committed suicide. “From then on, I knew my purpose in life was to provide hope and comfort to others, and advocate for them as they dealt with the uncertainties of life,” says Law Walker, 43.
She went on to earn a degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech and serve as a medical officer with the U.S. Navy for more than a decade. In 2013, Law Walker left military life and joined Georgia Perinatal Consultants as a maternal-fetal medicine physician. In that role, she’s dedicated to helping high-risk pregnancies have a successful outcome. “My career is rewarding because I’m able to be a part of such a special life event,” she says. “I bask in the joy my patients have when seeing their baby on ultrasound for the first time, but I also cry with them when it’s bad news.”
Besides her work in the office, Law Walker contributes her time and expertise to various community service organizations. She’s on the board of directors for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. “I’m a child survivor of domestic violence, and there are times when this situation has affected my patients,” she says. “I want to help women and children.” Law Walker is also active in the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Leadership Atlanta, and programs at Georgia Tech that demystify perceptions around gender and leadership. “I don’t want to restrict myself to just being a physician,” she says. “I also strive to contribute as a community leader.”