Dr. Grant Williams
Combined Geriatrics & Oncology Research Track Fellow
Dr. Williams is a first year Geriatric Medicine and Medical Oncology fellow on the Research track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in History in 2005. I attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann) in Philadelphia from 2005 until 2009. After receiving my M.D. degree, I completed my internship and residency at UNC before fast-tracking into a combined fellowship in Geriatrics and Oncology in 2011.
As a fellow, my career goals involve improving the care of the elderly cancer patient by expanding the knowledge of geriatric oncology through research, improving the geriatric training of physicians (in particular oncologist), and providing exceptional clinical care in my own clinic in Geriatrics and Oncology. My current research focuses on molecular markers of aging, with a primary focus on the senescence effector protein p16ink4a. With my mentor (Dr. Hyman Muss) and co-fellows, we have several ongoing trials involving the comparison of molecular markers of aging with comprehensive geriatric assessments and toxicity related to chemotherapy. We are also creating a database of North Carolina seniors with comprehensive geriatric assessments for future research.