Serving people in need has always been a core principle for Dr. Jim Walton. It's one reason he chose medicine as his vocation, believing in the power of the personal physician relationship to improve the well-being of the community, one patient at a time.
Just last year, Walton, 57, took the helm of Genesis Physicians Group, a 1,400-member independent physician association in Dallas. But for the previous 12 years, he served as medical director of the Dallas County Medical Society's Project Access of Dallas, working to improve healthcare access for the working poor, who still face hurdles in gaining access to quality healthcare. He led the volunteer service program, which included more than 2,000 physician volunteers across all specialties—as well as hospitals and other provider organizations—serving more than 3,000 uninsured in the county. Changes in Medicaid funding forced the program to fold in 2012.