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For Immediate Release
Michael A. Williams M.D., Named Medical Director of the LifeBridge Health Brain & Spine Institute
Williams and Wilson also to form the preeminent hydrocephalus
center in the country
LifeBridge Health recently appointed Michael A. Williams, M.D., as medical
director of the Brain & Spine Institute. Williams, a board-certified
neurologist and a leading authority on adult hydrocephalus, is also the director
of the Adult Hydrocephalus Center at Sinai. Joining Williams is Robin
K. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., who will serve as associate director of the Adult
Hydrocephalus Center at Sinai.
"The development of the Brain & Spine Institute comes at a time when
there is a growing need for such comprehensive neurological services in the
community,” said Neil Meltzer, president and COO of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
"We are excited to welcome Drs. Williams and Wilson, who will be leading Sinai
into the future of hydrocephalus diagnosis, treatment and research.”
As medical director of the LifeBridge Health Brain & Spine Institute,
Williams is dedicated to providing patients with the best care possible. He,
along with other medical staff and LifeBridge Health senior management, will
work to integrate the three aspects of care – the initial diagnosis, surgery and
post-operative rehabilitation – to help provide for a better experience for
patients and establish an Institute that will significantly alter Baltimore's
medical landscape for those seeking help with neurological disorders.
"I'm looking forward to helping create one of the preeminent brain and spine
programs in the United States,” said Williams. "We have put together an amazing
team of physicians, nurses and support staff that I'm excited to be a part
Williams is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Following a transitional internship at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, he
completed his neurology residency at Indiana University Medical Center and his
fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, focusing in Neuroscience Critical Care.
Prior to joining Sinai, Williams was an attending physician in the Neurosciences
Critical Care Unit at Hopkins for the past 11 years, where he founded the
hospital's Adult Hydrocephalus Program.
In addition to his clinical work, Williams is a widely sought-after lecturer
and educator. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus
Association, the largest patient advocacy group for hydrocephalus in the United
States. Williams is also active on numerous advisory committees and panels with
a focus on ethics, organ donation and end-of-life-care including the Ethics, Law
and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, Med-Chi Ethics
Committee, the American Neurological Association and the American Medical
Associations House of Delegates.
Wilson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, after
which she interned in Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and
completed a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Wilson received her
fellowship training in Adult Hydrocephalus at Johns Hopkins Hospital under the
direction of Dr. Williams. In addition, Wilson also earned a Ph.D. in
Genetics from Cornell University in 1994.
The LifeBridge Health Brain & Spine Institute is a one-of-its-kind
consortium of specialists from Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital Center in
neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and
other subspecialties. The Institute offers a full range of services for brain,
spine and peripheral nervous system diseases including sophisticated diagnostic
techniques, state-of-the-art surgical modalities and comprehensive
rehabilitation programs. In 2007, Sinai Hospital opened a new outpatient office
building and a new 36-bed, all private-room neurological pavilion, which houses
a Spine Center, an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and a Stroke Center with a 10-bed
inpatient Stroke Unit.
Health is a regional health organization that includes Sinai
Hospital of Baltimore, Northwest Hospital Center, Levindale Hebrew
Geriatric Center and Hospital, Jewish
Convalescent & Nursing Home, and related subsidiaries and
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