Theresa Williamson, MD

Education

Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 2014
Yale College, BS, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • National Neurotrauma Spinal Presentation Award (2019)
  • Neurocritical Care Society Distinguished Poster Award (2018)
  • Duke Neurosurgery Clinician Award (2017)
  • National Neurotrauma Society/AANS Resident Poster Award Nominee (2017)
  • Duke GME Innovation Grant (2017)
  • Nomination for Duke University Resident Teaching Award (2016)
  • Miriam Kathleen Dasey Award given to student with promise to fulfill the ideal of a compassionate physician (2014)
  • Peter Granuum Prize presented to an outstanding African American Yale medical student graduate (2014)
  • NIH and NINDS Diversity Supplement Grant (2012-2013)
  • Yale Women’s Varsity Soccer Most Improved Award (2006)
  • Yale Women’s Varsity Soccer Participant in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (2005)

Hobbies

Volunteering, teaching, mentoring; soccer; contributing writer for O magazine (2015-2016)

Publications

Williamson T, Abd-El-Barr M.  Book Review: Surgical Care of the Painful Degenerative Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Decision-Making, Technique.  World Neurosurgery.  2019 Aug; 128; 189-190.

Howell E, Williamson T, Karikari I, Abd-El-Barr M, Erickson M, Goodwin M, Reynolds J, Sciubba D, Goodwin CR.  Total en bloc resection of primary and metastatic spine tumors.  Annals of Translational Medicine.  2019 May 10; 226.

Elsamadicy AA, Lubkin DT, Sergesketter AR, Adil SM, Charalambous LT, Drysdale N, Williamson T, Camara-Quintana J, Abd-El-Barr M, Goodwin CR, Karikari I.  Rate of instrumentation changes on postoperative and follow-up radiographs after primary complex spinal fusion (five or more levels) for adult deformity correction.  J Neurosurg Spine. 2019 Jan; 30(3); 376-381.

Williamson T, Painter B, Howell EP, Goodwin CR.  Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Spinal Tumors.  J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan 22(1):84-89

Elsamadicy AA, Ren X, Kemeny H, Charalambous L, Sergesketter AR, Rahimpour S, Williamson T, Goodwin CR, Abd-El-Barr M, Gottfried ON, Xie J, Lad SP.  Independent Associations With 30- and 90-Day Unplanned Readmissions After Elective Lumbar Spine Surgery: A National Trend Analysis of 144 123 Patients.  Neurosurgery. 2019 Mar 84(3) 758-767.

Corley J*, Williamson T*. Women in Neurosurgery: A Final Frontier of the Career Women’s Movement. World Neurosurgery. 2018 Mar 111; 130-131. *Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript

Williamson T, Grant RA, Bulsara KR. How I do it: Resection of Lateral Temporal Lobe Arteriovenous Malformations. Acta Neurochirurgica. Aug 2013 155(8).

Ediriwickrema A, Williamson T, Hebert R, Matouk C, Johnson MH, Bulsara KR. Intracranial Stenting as Monotherapy in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. March 2013 5(2).

Muller Smith K*, Williamson T*, Schwartz ML, Vaccarino FM. Impaired Motor Coordination and Disrupted Cerebellar Architecture in FGFR1 and FGFR2 Double Knockout Mice. Brain Research. June 2012 1460. *Both authors contributed equally to this manuscript

Kuzmik GA, Williamson T, Ediriwickrema A, Andeejani A, Bulsara KR. Flow diverters and a tale of two aneurysms. Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. July 2013 5(4).

 

In Submission

Williamson, Theresa, Ryser, Marc, Abdelgadir, Jihad, Lemmon, Monica, Barks, Mary Carol, Zakare, Rasheedat, Ubel, Peter. The Impact of Prognostic Estimates on Surgical Decision Making in the Setting of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of Neurosurgeons.

 

Abstracts

Williamson T, Abdelgadir J, Komisarow J, Ubel PA, Elsamadicy AA, Liu B, Goodwin CR, Lad N.  Predictors of Withdrawal of Care in Patients With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Nationwide Analysis.  Neurosurgery, Vol 65, CN_Supp, Aug 2018.

Williamson T, Komisarow J. Abdelgadir P. Ubel, Elsamadicy AA, Liu B, Goodwin CR, Lad N. Understanding Decisions to Understand Outcomes: Factors Predicting Surgery following Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.  Neurotrauma Online. Aug 2018.

Williamson T, Ryser M, Abdelgadir J, Lemmon M, Barks MC, Zakare R, Ubel PA.  The Impact of Prognostic Estimates on Surgical Decision Making in the Setting of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Survey of Neurosurgeons.  BMJ Evidence Based Medicine Supplement, 2018.

Williamson T, Muh C, Ubel P. Physician Communication Strategies in Emergent Brain Trauma. Journal of Neurotrauma Online. Aug 2017.

Williamson T, Rabinowitz AR, Johnson VE, Wolf J, McGarvey M, Browne K, Smith DH. Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials and Axonal Network Disruption in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma online. Aug 2013 30(15); A115.

Rabinowitz AR, Williamson T, Detre J, Williams K, Rhee M, Smith DH. Network Disturbance and Persistent Cognitive Dysfunction in Mild TBI. Journal of Neurotrauma Online. Aug 2013 30(15); C115.

 

Oral Presentations

Williamson T, Wellness and Creating Resilience. (May 2019).  Society of Neurological Surgeons Meeting, Seattle.

Williamson T, Abdelgadir J, Komisarow J, Ubel PA, Elsamadicy AA, Liu B, Goodwin CR, Lad N.  Predictors of Withdrawal of Care in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Nationwide Analysis. (Oct 2018). CNS, Houston.

Williamson T, Abdelgadir, J, Zakare R, Lemmon M, Barks MC, Ubel P.  When in Doubt, Operate: An International Survey of Neurosurgeon Decision Making in Severe TBI. (May 2018). AANS, New Orleans.

Elsamadicy AA, Ren X, Kemeny H, Xie J, Charalambous L, Rahimpour S, Williamson T, Goodwin CR, Abd-El-Barr MM, Gottfried ON, Xie J, Lad S.  Patient Factors Associated with 30- and 90-Day Unplanned Readmission Rates After Elective Lumbar Spine Surgery: A National Trend Analysis. (April 2018). AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, New Orleans.

Williamson, T, Rabinowitz A, Smith, D, Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging as a Tool to Characterize Brainstem White Matter Track Injury.  (April 2016).  AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, Chicago.

 

Select Posters

Williamson, T, Corley J, Elahi C, Haglund M, Sampson J. WellSpentMD: Results of a Pilot study. (April 2019).  AANS, San Diego.

Williamson T, Corley J, Elahi C, Haglund M, Sampson J.  WellSpentMD: Results of a Pilot Study (March 2019). ACGME Conference, Orlando

Dombrowsk K, Williamson T, Milne J. Neurologic Monitoring after a Fall.  (Sept 2018).  Neurocritical Care Society Distinguished Poster, Boca Ratone.

Williamson, T, Abdelgadir J, Lemmon M, Goodwin CR, Barks M, Ubel P.  A Survey of Neurosurgeons: Does a Fate Worse than Death Mean Do Not Operate (Oct 2018). CNS, Houston.

 

Other Publications

Contributor to O Magazine, “Doctor Diaries” Column 2015-2017

Williamson, T. Showing up after a Patient Dies: Physicians’ Roles in Family Grief and Memories. Doximity Op-(m)ed 2018.

Williamson, T. Up Next: Firsts for Black Women in Neurosurgery. Doximity Op-(m)ed 2018.