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    Brie Williams, MD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
    San Francisco CA 94118
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      University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine - Primary Care

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      Dr. Brie Williams is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Tideswell at UCSF. As a clinician-researcher, Dr. Williams is a national leader in conducting policy-oriented research and practical trainings to assess and improve 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 of Tidewell at UCSF, Dr. Williams directs the strategic vision for investment in aging-related research and community engagement 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 where she also received a Master’s Degree in Community Medicine. She 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.

      Academic Focus
      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 published by McGraw Hill in 2014.

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      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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      1. Ahalt C, Wang EA, Williams B. State of Research Funding From the National Institutes of Health for Criminal Justice Health Research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Aug 4; 163(3):240-1.
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      2. Ahalt C, Bolano M, Wang EA, Williams B. The state of research funding from the national institutes of health for criminal justice health research. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Mar 3; 162(5):345-52.
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      3. Lisa C. Barry and Brie A. Williams. A call to understand the mental health needs of older prisoners. SGIM Forum. 2015; 1(38).
      4. Rich JD, Allen SA, Williams BA. The need for higher standards in correctional healthcare to improve public health. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Apr; 30(4):503-7.
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      5. Rich JD, Chandler R, Williams BA, Dumont D, Wang EA, Taxman FS, Allen SA, Clarke JG, Greifinger RB, Wildeman C, Osher FC, Rosenberg S, Haney C, Mauer M, Western B. How health care reform can transform the health of criminal justice-involved individuals. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Mar; 33(3):462-7.
        View in: PubMed PMC4034754
      6. Su CT, McMahan RD, Williams BA, Sharma RK, Sudore RL. Family matters: effects of birth order, culture, and family dynamics on surrogate decision-making. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Jan; 62(1):175-82.
        View in: PubMed PMC4130561
      7. Williams BA, Stern MF, Mellow J, Safer M, Greifinger RB. Aging in correctional custody: setting a policy agenda for older prisoner health care. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8):1475-81.
        View in: PubMed PMC3464842
      8. Williams BA, Goodwin JS, Baillargeon J, Ahalt C, Walter LC. Addressing the aging crisis in U.S. criminal justice health care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jun; 60(6):1150-6.
        View in: PubMed PMC3374923
      9. Chang A, Chur E, Kao H, Kawahara S, Williams B. Training clinicians and building systems for an aging century. San Francisco Medicine. 2011; 6(27):693-699.
      10. Williams BA, Sudore RL, Greifinger R, Morrison RS. Balancing punishment and compassion for seriously ill prisoners. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 19; 155(2):122-6.
        View in: PubMed PMC3163454
      11. Asch SM, Damberg CL, Hiatt L, Teleki SS, Shaw R, Hill TE, Benjamin-Johnson R, Eisenman DP, Kulkarni SP, Wang E, Williams B, Yesus A, Grudzen CR. Selecting performance indicators for prison health care. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Apr; 17(2):138-49.
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      12. Teleki SS, Damberg CL, Shaw R, Hiatt L, Williams B, Hill TE, Asch SM. The current state of quality of care measurement in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Apr; 17(2):100-21.
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      13. Castillo LS, Williams BA, Hooper SM, Sabatino CP, Weithorn LA, Sudore RL. Lost in translation: the unintended consequences of advance directive law on clinical care. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jan 18; 154(2):121-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC3124843
      14. Williams BA, McGuire J, Lindsay RG, Baillargeon J, Cenzer IS, Lee SJ, Kushel M. Coming home: health status and homelessness risk of older pre-release prisoners. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Oct; 25(10):1038-44.
        View in: PubMed PMC2955468
      15. Baillargeon J, Williams BA, Mellow J, Harzke AJ, Hoge SK, Baillargeon G, Greifinger RB. Parole revocation among prison inmates with psychiatric and substance use disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Nov; 60(11):1516-21.
        View in: PubMed PMC2981345
      16. Williams BA, Baillargeon JG, Lindquist K, Walter LC, Covinsky KE, Whitson HE, Steinman MA. Medication prescribing practices for older prisoners in the Texas prison system. Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr; 100(4):756-61.
        View in: PubMed PMC2836339
      17. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Hill T, Baillargeon J, Mellow J, Greifinger R, Walter LC. Caregiving behind bars: correctional officer reports of disability in geriatric prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Jul; 57(7):1286-92.
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      18. Baillargeon J, Snyder N, Soloway RD, Paar D, Baillargeon G, Spaulding AC, Pollock BH, Arcari CM, Williams BA, Raimer BG. Hepatocellular carcinoma prevalence and mortality in a male state prison population. Public Health Rep. 2009 Jan-Feb; 124(1):120-6.
        View in: PubMed PMC2602937
      19. Baillargeon J, Binswanger IA, Penn JV, Williams BA, Murray OJ. Psychiatric disorders and repeat incarcerations: the revolving prison door. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Jan; 166(1):103-9.
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      20. Baillargeon J, Thomas CR, Williams B, Begley CE, Sharma S, Pollock BH, Murray OJ, Pulvino JS, Raimer B. Medical emergency department utilization patterns among uninsured patients with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Jul; 59(7):808-11.
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      21. Williams B, Greifinger R. Elder care in jails and prisons: Are we prepared?. J Correct Health Care. 2008; 4(14):4-6.
      22. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Sudore RL, Covinsky KE, Walter LC. Screening mammography in older women. Effect of wealth and prognosis. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Mar 10; 168(5):514-20.
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      23. Pollack CE, Chideya S, Cubbin C, Williams B, Dekker M, Braveman P. Should health studies measure wealth? A systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Sep; 33(3):250-64.
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      24. Baillargeon J, Soloway RD, Paar D, Giordano TP, Murray O, Grady J, Williams B, Pulvino J, Raimer BG. End-stage liver disease in a state prison population. Ann Epidemiol. 2007 Oct; 17(10):808-13.
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      25. Lindner SA, Davoren JB, Vollmer A, Williams B, Landefeld CS. An electronic medical record intervention increased nursing home advance directive orders and documentation. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Jul; 55(7):1001-6.
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      26. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Moody-Ayers SY, Walter LC, Covinsky KE. Functional impairment, race, and family expectations of death. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Nov; 54(11):1682-7.
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      27. Williams BA, Lindquist K, Sudore RL, Strupp HM, Willmott DJ, Walter LC. Being old and doing time: functional impairment and adverse experiences of geriatric female prisoners. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Apr; 54(4):702-7.
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