Cheryl Ashville Walters, MD is a graduate of Cornell University (click to view Cornell alumna profile featured in the October 2011 quarterly magazine, "Olin Hall News") and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a fellowship trained general internist who completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College and clinical fellowship in advanced diagnostic skills at The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Walters is a Member of The New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She has served on the clinical faculty of Cornell University Medical College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Walters is an education activist supporting merit based scholarships and diversity. She is a Faculty Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (click to view a photo gallery of the CBE Advisory Council) and as an alumna mentor for the Leadership Program in the College of Engineering at Cornell University.

Dr. Walters has been recognized by the US Department of Education, American College of Physicians (ACP), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as an expert in the assessment and teaching of clinical skills and in program development and assessment. She has developed a model program for the assessment and teaching of clinical skills which has been widely disseminated to medical, pharmacy, nursing and law schools.


National recognition includes invitations to chair the Subcommittee on Curriculum for the ACP's Task Force on Office Based Teaching, to lead SGIM's Task Force on the Clinician Educator (representing a constituency of approximately 3,500 academic general internists) and to present workshops and half to full day precourses on clinical skills at numerous medical schools and at the annual meetings of the ACP, SGIM, AAMC, and US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant recipients. International recognition includes invitations to present a plenary talk, chair a plenary panel and moderate a session of research presentations on assessment of competence in medicine and the health professions at the Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence.


Dr. Walters has served as an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital (click to watch a video clip of her medical credentials) for 15 years. She is best known for making difficult diagnoses and has received the highest ''Art of Medicine'' ratings across all specialties for seven years. She has directed the Physical Exam Training Program for ten years (syllabi available electronically) and established the Clinical Skills Assessment Program, a graduation requirement, at Yale University School of Medicine (click to view the article, "The Lost Art of the Physical Exam").


Dr. Walters' leadership style is values based, encompassing her personal values of altruism, caring, parity, quality and collaboration. As an activist, administrator, policy maker, service provider and researcher she has supported equity and quality of care for the underserved in the Hartford, Farmington, New Haven, Cheshire and Bridgeport communities and across the state of Connecticut for twenty years. Community outreach activities include partnering with patient advocates with physical disabilities, the State of Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities in Hartford and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Disabilities in Farmington to script and produce a film series to document disparities in care and present standards and training vignettes for equity and quality of care for persons with disabilities, ā€œSpecial Considerations for the Physical Examination of Patients with Physical Disabilities - Part 1 and 2 (click to watch the film series),ā€ and volunteering at Columbus House Shelter soup kitchen in New Haven, Wednesday Evening Clinic in the Primary Care Center at Yale New Haven Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine ā€“ a student led free clinic, co-chair for the Medical Tent at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Cheshire, and Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Serving CT. The NKF recognized her leadership and work at free NKF KEEP screenings across CT with the 2010 KEEP Volunteer Leadership Award (click to watch a public service announcement with NKF volunteers and staff). Currently, she volunteers as attending preceptor for monthly free health screenings at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine student led Bobcat Community Health Alliance in partnership with Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic in Bridgeport (click to view the Bobcat CHA Newsletter), and moderator of an online prayer fellowship of 222 members, supporting persons with COVID-19 and other pressing concerns.