Faculty Positions


Research Interests

Dr. Williams’ current research projects examine the characteristics of primary care practices that correlate with patients’ use of emergency room services, compare the quality of surgical care among hospitals, and measure the cost-effectiveness of medical care. Dr. Williams is a member of a committee that writes guidelines for the management of patients with chronic stable angina for the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology. He recently has published articles that examine how changing competition among hospitals affects the quality of care for patients with acute myocardial infarction, and he is Associate Editor at Annals of Internal Medicine for a series titled “Improving Patient Care” that describes new systems for better patient care for cardiac and other patients.

Selected Publications

Stineman MG, Tassoni CJ, Escarce JJ, Goin JE, Granger CV, Fiedler RC, Williams SV: Development of function-related groups version 2.0: a classification system for medical rehabilitation. Health Services Research. 1997; 32(4):529-48.

Shulman KA, Berlin JA, Harless W, Kerner JF, Sistrunk S, Gersh BJ, Dube R, Taleghani CK, Burke JE, Williams SV, Eisenberg JM, Escarce JJ: The effect of race and sex on physicians' recommendations for cardiac catheterization. N Engl J Med. 1999; 340: 618-26.

Snow V, Barry P, Fihn SD, Gibbons RJ, Owens DK, Williams SV, Weiss KB, Mottur-Pilson C: ACP. ACC Chronic Stable Angina Panel. Evaluation of primary care patients with chronic stable angina: guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004; 141(1):57-64.

Lowe RA, Localio AR, Schwarz DF, Williams S, Tuton LW, Maroney S, Nicklin D, Goldfarb N, Vojta DD, Feldman HI: Association between primary care practice characteristics and emergency department use in a medicaid managed care organization. Medical Care. 2005; 43(8): 792-800.

Volpp KG, Ketcham JD, Epstein AJ, Williams SV: The effects of price competition and reduced subsidies for uncompensated care on hospital mortality. Health Services Research. 2005; 40(4): 1056-77.