June 1, 2007

Infectious diseases group lauds Williams

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John Williams, M.D.

Infectious diseases group lauds Williams

John Williams, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, received the 2007 Young Investigator Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society on May 7.

The award honors and recognizes young physicians beginning a career in pediatric research for outstanding contributions in clinical or basic research in pediatric infectious diseases.

Williams and his team have been investigating the epidemiology and immunology of human metapneumovirus and other respiratory viruses.

"I'm honored to receive this award. It reflects the hard work of my dedicated and talented lab members, and the wonderful mentors and collaborators here at Vanderbilt,” Williams said.

Williams joined the faculty of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in 2003.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He worked as an emergency pediatrician for three years before completing a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt.

Williams is a reviewer for more than a dozen scholarly publications including Pediatrics, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Virology and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. He has authored or co-authored 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals and nine book chapters and reviews.

“It is a pleasure to work with John. He is an inspiration to students, fellows and colleagues,” said Brent Polk, M.D., interim chair of Pediatrics.