Dr. Walter Gilbert received his undergraduate degree from Emory University. He then earned his doctorate in medicine at Duke University, where he was elected to A.O.A., the medical honor society. He was selected to participate in the Research Training Program for Clinical Investigators at Duke, where he did medical research in the field of molecular biology. He interned for one year on the Osler Medical Service of Johns Hopkins Hospital and, for the next three years, did his ophthalmic surgery residency training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He next performed a year of post-residency fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami before beginning practice in Jacksonville. He served for three months as a volunteer eye surgeon for Care Medico in Africa and has published scientific papers in numerous medical journals. His practice has specialized in small incision cataract surgery with lens implants since 1974, and he has performed more than 37,000 of these operations.

Dr. Gilbert is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds memberships in numerous medical and ophthalmological societies.

In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time in the country, hunting, fishing, traveling and enjoying his family.