Brie Williams, MD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94143
Dr. Brie Williams is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the UCSF Program for the Aging Century. As a clinician-researcher, Dr. Williams is a national leader in assessing and improving the health and functional status of older adults involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Williams also serves as Medical Director of the San Francisco VA Geriatrics Clinic and attends on the San Francisco VA Acute Care for Elders Unit and on the Palliative Care Consult Service. As Associate Director for Discovery and Communication in the UCSF Program for the Aging Century, Dr. Williams directs the strategic vision and investment opportunities in aging-related research and community outreach in order to catalyze the transformation of healthcare for older adults and their family members. Dr. Williams attended medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where she simultaneously received a Master’s Degree in Community Medicine. She then completed an Internal Medicine Primary Care residency at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital and a Geriatrics clinical and research fellowship at UCSF. She is board certified in Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Williams works with collaborators from the criminal justice, correctional health and legal fields to apply the principles of geriatrics and palliative medicine to transform the care of older adults in the criminal justice system. She has served as a consultant for jails, prisons and legal organizations nationwide, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the National ACLU. She was a member of the Workshop on Incarceration and Health sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research calls for new methods for responding to the unique health needs of incarcerated older adults— including an evidence-based approach to inform compassionate release policies and the design of a new assessment for physical functioning in older prisoners. Her work has also led to the inclusion of questions about incarceration in a national health survey of older adults. Her current research focuses on understanding the nature, prevalence, and healthcare utilization consequences of multi-morbidity, distressing symptoms, and functional and cognitive impairments in older jail inmates. Dr. Williams’ research has been supported by the Hartford Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Williams joined the UCSF Division of Geriatrics with a research focus on assessing and improving the health of disenfranchised older adults. Because of the strong link between age, declining health and cost, the growing number of older prisoners and jail inmates has become a healthcare and economic crisis for state and local economies. In her work as an educator, Dr. Williams focuses on the preparedness of health and non-health professionals for an aging criminal justice system. She has conducted needs assessments and trainings to expose diverse groups of professionals to the essential elements of geriatrics and palliative medicine in order to optimize care for older adults during and after incarceration. These professionals have included police, judges, attorneys, social workers and discharge case managers. Most recently, Dr. Williams has served as a lead editor of the upcoming Current Geriatrics Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition to be published by McGraw Hill in 2014.
Implementation Science, Older adults, Prisoners, criminal justice system, People with limited English proficiency, Socioeconomically marginalized groups, Persons with physical disability, Persons with mental illness, Policy advocacy, incarceration, aging, age-related functional decline, serious progressive illness, Mentoring junior faculty or trainees, Interdisciplinary research collaboration
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