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Jeffery Williams, Hopkins’ Neurosurgeon, Dies at 50

Posted on: 05/30/2002

Jeffery Williams, Hopkins’ Neurosurgeon, Dies at 50

Jeffery A. Williams, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology, and director of stereotactic radiosurgery at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, died suddenly on Saturday, May 26. He was 50.

Williams collapsed and could not be revived while exercising at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine fitness center.

A resident of Baltimore, Md., Williams was one of the world’s foremost radiosurgeons, specializing in the precise delivery of radiation to brain tumors and vascular lesions while sparing the surrounding healthy brain. He was the only physician to be certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Radiation Oncology.

"He developed an entirely new system of implantable brain tumor treatments with radiation therapy which is now FDA approved and being used around the world," said Henry Brem, M.D., professor and chair of neurosurgery at Hopkins. "This is an important alternative to more invasive methods for treating many brain tumors."

"Dr. Williams was an essential member of our faculty. He was always available for patients, students and other physicians," said Brem.

Williams was born Aug. 7, 1951, in Vallejo, Ca. He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1973, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1977. He completed fellowships in Nuclear Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and at Hopkins. He completed a residency in Radiation Oncology from Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, New York, Ny., in 1986, and from Johns Hopkins in 1989. In 1993, he completed a residency in neurosurgery from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Ok.

Williams began his full-time career at Hopkins in August 1993 as instructor of neurosurgery and oncology. In July 1994, he was promoted to assistant professor of neurosurgery and oncology and to associate professor in February 2000. Since July 1994, he was director of stereotactic radiosurgery.

Williams was the author of numerous scientific papers and held 7 patents for innovative brain tumor treatments. Among his many awards, he received the Clinical Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health in 1996, and the Clinician Scientist Award from Johns Hopkins in 1994. He was a member of several professional societies and advisory committees, and was a founder and chairman of the medical advisory board for Proxima Therapeutics, Inc.

Williams is survived by his father, Marvin Williams, a sister, Jan Kernan, and a niece and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in Hurd Hall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made in memory of Dr. Jeffery A. Williams, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurosurgery, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 414, Baltimore, Md., 21201 Attention: Kathleen Hider.
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