March 2, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 9



Newly Granted


Orthopaedics department appoints new chair

Dr. Williams and patient Dr. Ronald Williams examines a patient at the University Physicians Group Clinic.

Dr. Ronald P. Williams has been appointed the new chair of the orthopaedics department. Dr. Williams, who has been with the Health Science Center for 10 years, was interim chair in the department since 1999.

As chair, Dr. Williams said he will focus on upgrading the resident and medical student education, adding more faculty, expanding the department's ability to develop tertiary care practice, and increasing funds for research and to support the University Health System trauma unit.

Dr. Steven Wartman, executive vice president for academic and health affairs and dean of the medical school, said the UTHSC is fortunate to have someone of Dr. Williams' caliber on staff.

"Dr. Williams is considered one of the foremost orthopaedic oncologists in the country," Dr. Wartman said. "He is renowned for his work on limb salvage and alternative surgical techniques. He is an excellent general orthopaedist and an outstanding educator."

A native of Wharton, Dr. Williams completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University and his M.D. and Ph.D. at the UTHSC. His postgraduate training is extensive and includes a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, and a fellowship in molecular biology at the UTHSC.

Dr. Williams is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and the International Society for Limb Salvage. His surgical practice is primarily in management of musculoskeletal tumors. He also has extensive experience in revision joint surgery, management of musculoskeletal infections and management of back pain.