Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology Chief, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation
Jeff Williamson is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology. He is also Chief, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is an internationally known geriatrician and clinical trialist. Dr. Williamson also serves as Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation. He is Co-Leader, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Clinical Core leader for the Wake Forest Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Dr. Williamson received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and completed his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Williamson’s primary research interests are in understanding relationships between chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes and maintaining brain health and physical function in aging adults, the prevention of aging-related loss of independence, and in developing research methods for including elderly persons in clinical trials. His most recent work is in developing and testing approaches to improving care coordination for vulnerable elderly patients as they traverse the health care system. Dr. Williamson is currently serving on the leadership team for 3 nationwide research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Altogether, his NIH research studies have involved more than 40,000 persons over age 65 and 25,000 persons over age 75.