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Christopher Shawn Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Education and Training
  • Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)
  • VICC Special Staff Investigator
  • Staff Physician, VA Health System

Phone

615-322-3642

Email

christopher.s.williams@vumc.org
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Gastroenterology Division
1030-C Medical Research Building IV
Nashville, TN 37232-0252

Christopher Shawn Williams, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Dean, Physician-Scientist Education and Training
  • Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition)
  • VICC Special Staff Investigator
  • Staff Physician, VA Health System

615-322-3642

christopher.s.williams@vumc.org

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Gastroenterology Division
1030-C Medical Research Building IV
Nashville, TN 37232-0252

Profile

Christopher Williams, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, and the Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Education and Training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and holds an Endowed Directorship in Physician-Scientist Development. He has directed the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) since 2016, and before that, he ran the Harrison Society (PSTP/ABIM Research Pathway). Dr. Williams is co-PI of Vanderbilt's R38-STaRR program and the associate director of the Burroughs Welcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Program. He was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2015 and has been active in the AAMC, ASCI, AAIM, and APSA in developing programming supporting physician-scientist careers, recently leading the ASCI Working Group on Physician-Scientist Training. He currently co-chairs the ASCI Physician-Scientist Development Committee, chairs the AAIM Research Committee and the AAMC Training Opportunities for Physician Scientists Committee, serves as a member of the AAMC GREAT MD/PhD Training Section Steering Committee, the National Association of MD/PhD Directors Steering Committee, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for the American Physician-Scientist Association. His clinical interests are in managing inflammatory bowel disease and preventing IBD-related complications, specifically colitis-associate carcinoma. His research program is focused on intestinal injury response/repair programs to understand how these epithelial integrity programs are perturbed in the pathogenesis of IBD and, more importantly, in the progression to malignancy with the overarching goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets or biomarkers in this disease. Dr. Williams received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University before matriculating to Vanderbilt University as an MSTP trainee. He was selected for the ABIM Research Pathway Residency and received sub-specialty training in gastroenterology. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2007.

Education

  • M.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (2002)
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (2000)
  • B.Sc., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (1992)

Research Emphasis

Research Description

Publications

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