Elizabeth H. Walkowiak, MS, GNP-BC

Elizabeth Walkowiak

Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Michigan Medicine
3552 Taubman Health Care Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5338
Telephone: (734) 936-8550
Fax: (734) 936-9294


  • Brain malignancies
  • Caregiver stress
  • Quality of life promotion in patients with brain malignancies.
  • Continuity of care in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative settings.

Elizabeth Walkowiak is a gerontological nurse practitioner by training, and has spent her professional career thus far in the U-M Department of Neurosurgery, caring for the specialty population of patients with brain malignancies, including primary brain tumors, and brain tumor metastasis. Her chief role is helping patients navigate the journey of a newly diagnosed brain tumor in the preoperative and postoperative settings. In addition to perioperative responsibilities, she aides in the coordination and management for radiosurgery treatments. Given the aging population, the job affords her the opportunity to care for elderly patients in a very specialized environment.


One of Ms. Walkowiak’s passions  is the utilization of the intervention of nursing presence in the perioperative and radiosurgery environments for patients with newly diagnosed brain tumors, as well as their caregivers. She has spoken about this topic at the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons Conference in June 2010, in a presentation entitled, “Care, Coordination, and Multidisciplinary Management of Brain Tumor Patients” as well as to operating room nursing staff at the University of Michigan in July 2010.   She enjoys teaching through the form of these presentations, as well as mentoring new nurse pracitioners in her work setting, undergraduate, and graduate students. 

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau 2003-present
  • Member, Michigan Nurses Association 2003-present
  • Member, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) 2005-present
  • Member, Gerontological Advanced Practice Association (GAPNA), 2005-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • John Hartford Scholarship, 2003
  • Angell Scholar Award, University of Michigan, 2001-2005


  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2005
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003

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