Dr. Valerie Williams

Valerie A. Williams, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Staff Surgeon, Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Staff Thoracic Surgeon, Cincinnati VA Medical Center Cincinnati, OH

Staff Thoracic Surgeon, West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

BUSINESS ADDRESS

University of Cincinnati Medical Center
231 Albert B. Sabin Way
PO Box 670558
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Phone: (513) 584-1387
Fax: (513) 584-1745
Email: valerie.williams@uc.edu

SPECIALTY INTERESTS

Thoracic Surgery, Cancer, Oncology, Lung cancer, Esophageal cancer, Benign Esophageal diseases, Reflux disease, Achalasia, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

EDUCATION & TRAINING
2009-2011 -- Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

2007-2009 -- General Surgery Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

2005-2007 -- Thoracic/Foregut Research Fellow, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

2002-2005 -- General Surgery Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

1998-2002 -- M.D. Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.

1994-1998 -- B.S. Biology, Chemistry Minor. The College of New Jersey, Hillwood Lakes, NJ. Magna Cum Laude

1991-1994 -- Western High School. Davie, Florida. Salutatorian

BOARD CERTIFICATION
2012 -- American Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery
2010 -- American Board of Surgery

MEDICAL LICENSURE
2011-present -- Ohio #35-097551
2005-present -- New York #235813-1

ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
2009 -- VATS Lobectomy Mini-Fellowship (Buffalo, NY)
2009 -- Aortic & Mitral Valve Workshop Training Seminar (Austin, TX)
2005 -- High Resolution Manometry (Los Angeles, CA)
2005 -- Esophageal Manometry Sandhill Scientific (Denver, CO)

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2011-present -- Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS
2011-present -- Staff Surgeon, Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

2011-present -- Staff Thoracic Surgeon, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

2011-present -- Staff Thoracic Surgeon, West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

RESEARCH
2005-2007 -- Thoracic/Foregut Surgery Research Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

1997-1998 -- Research Scientist Internship, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, Princeton, NJ

1996-1997 -- College Researcher, The College of New Jersey Department of Biology, Hillwood Lakes, NJ

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS:

1. Wiliams VA, Watson, TJ. Barrett Esophagus: Endoscopic and Surgical Treatment. In Franco and Thourani (Eds), Cardiothoracic Surgery Review. 2011; 1395-1398.

2. Williams VA, Molena D, Peters JH. Achalasia of the Esophagus. Cameron’s Current Surgical Therapy. ed. 9: 2008; 20-26.

3. Williams VA, Peters JH. Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction: Benefits of an Extended Lymphadenectomy. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America. 2006; 15(4):765-780.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

1. Williams VA, Peters JH. Achalasia of the Esophagus: A Surgical Disease. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2009; 208(1): 151-62.

2. Williams VA. Peters JH. JACS CME-1 Featured Article: Achalasia of the Esophagus: A Surgical Disease. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2009; 208: 168-70.

3. Williams VA, Watson TJ, Zhovtis S, Gellersen O, Raymond D, Jones C, Peters JH. Endoscopic & Symptomatic Assessment of Anastomotic Strictures Following Esophagectomy & Cervical Esophagogastrostomy. Surgical Endoscopy. 2008; 22(6): 1470- 1476.

4. Williams VA, Watson TJ, Herbella FH, Gellersen O, Raymond D, Jones J, Peters JH. Esophagectomy for High Grade Dysplasia is Safe, Curative and Results in Good Alimentary Outcome. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2007; 11(12):1589-97.

5. Hu Y, Jones C, Gellersen O, Williams VA, Watson TJ, Peters JH. The Pathogenesis of Barrett's Esophagus: Deoxycholic Acid Upregulates Goblet Specific Gene MUC2 in concert with CDX2 in Human Esophageal Cells. Archives of Surgery. 2007; 6: 540-545.

6. Hu Y, Williams VA, Gellersen O, Jones C, Watson TJ, Peters JH. The Pathogenesis of Barrett’s Esophagus: Secondary Bile Acids Upregulate Intestinal Differentiation Factor CDX2 Expression in Esophageal Cells. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery .2007; 11: 827- 834.

7. Williams VA, Watson TJ, Gellersen O, Feuerlein S, Molena D, Sillin L, Jones C, Peters JH. Gastrectomy as a Remedial Operation for Failed Fundoplication. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. 2007;11: 29-35.

8. Stassen NA, Williams VA, Gestring ML, Cheng JD, Bankey PE. MRI in Combination with Helical CT Provides a Safe and Efficient Method of Cervical Spine Clearance in the Obtunded Trauma Patient. Journal of Trauma. 2006;60: 171-177.

PRESENTATIONS - ORAL
2010 -- High Grade Dysplasia of the Esophagus: Controversies in Treatment Surgical Grand Rounds, Rochester, NY

2007 -- Endoscopic & Symptomatic Assessment of Anastomotic Strictures Following Esophagectomy & Cervical Esophagogastrostomy. SAGES: Annual Scientific Session Las Vegas, NV

2006 -- Gastrectomy as a Remedial Operation for Failed Fundoplication. DDW/SSAT Plenary Session and SSAT Resident and Fellow Research Symposium Los Angeles, CA.

2006 -- Case Presentation: Scleroderma of the Esophagus 1st Annual Rochester Conference on Diseases of the Esophagus & Foregut Rochester, NY

2006 -- Case Presentation: Dysplasia in Barrett’s Esophagus Medical & Surgical Aspects of Esophageal and Foregut Disorders Course Maui, HI.

PRESENTATIONS - POSTER
2009 -- Management of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax: Should VATS be Performed for an Initial Episode? STS, San Francisco, CA.

2008 -- Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Associated with Barrett’s Esophagus: Survival Benefit? DDW/SSAT, San Diego, CA.

2007 -- Esophagectomy for High Grade Dysplasia is Safe, Curative and Results in Good Alimentary Outcome. DDW/SSAT, Washington D.C.

1998 -- The Presence of the PAR-1 Thrombin Receptor on Cultured Mastocytoma Cells and its Upregulation by Thrombin. College of New Jersey Research Day, Hillwood Lakes, NJ.

1997 -- Extraction and Purification of Corn Snake DNA for a Population Genetics Study. College of New Jersey Research Day, Hillwood Lakes, NJ.

PRESENTATIONS - OTHER
2007 -- STS University Hands-on Course: Endoesophageal Therapies Lab Instructor for Barrx ablation system. San Diego, CA.

EDITORIAL
2012-present -- Reviewer, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
2012-present -- Women in Thoracic Surgery
2010-present -- Society of Thoracic Surgeons
2006-present -- Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract
2005-present -- SAGES
2004-present -- American College of Surgeons

HONORS & AWARDS
2012 -- AATS Leadership Academy, San Francisco, CA
2010 -- Paul Schloerb MD SICU Award, University of Rochester, NY
2009 -- James T. Adams Resident of the Year Award, University of Rochester, NY
2006 -- SSAT Resident and Fellow Research Travel Award. Los Angeles, CA
2005 -- W. G. Stuber Research Fellowship Award, University of Rochester, NY

COMMITTEES

International:

2012-2014 -- Member-at-Large Board Member - Women in Thoracic Surgery

Local:

2012 -- West Chester Hospital Cancer Committee Member
2005 -- Blue 100 Redesign Hospital Committee Member
2008 -- PGY 5 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee
2007 -- PGY 4 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee
2005 -- PGY 3 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee

MENTORSHIP
2012 -- Medical student mentor, Thoracic Surgery clerkship

ACTIVITIES

RESIDENCY:
2009 -- Wet Lab Preparation, URMC / Thoratec® CentriMag® VAD Training Course
2008 -- Wet Lab Preparation, URMC / Thoratec® CentriMag® VAD Training Course
2006 -- Oral Examiner, Third-year medical student Comprehensive Assessment Exam
2005 -- Blue 100 Redesign Hospital Committee Member
2008 -- PGY 5 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee
2007 -- PGY 4 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee
2005 -- PGY 3 Representative, GME General Surgery Resident Committee
2004 -- Volunteer, Kessler Burn Trauma ICU Wine Auction Fundraiser

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
2001 -- Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant, Penn State College of Medicine
2000 -- President, Emergency Medicine Society, Penn State College of Medicine
1999 -- Vice-President, Emergency Medicine Society, Penn State College of Medicine
1999 -- Organizer, Caring Fund Benefit 9th Annual Road Rally at Hershey Medical Center

COLLEGE:
1996-98 -- Treasurer, Biology Society, College of New Jersey, NJ
1995-98 -- Microbiology Lab Technician, College of New Jersey, NJ
1994-98 -- 2nd Chair French Horn, College of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJ

OTHER INTERESTS
Biking, Racquetball, French Horn