Michael A. Williams, MD

SpecialityCongress Invited Speaker

As we reach for the stars, we need neurological experts like Dr. Michael Williams to prepare. Michael has conducted NASA-funded research in SANS – Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome – a disorder affecting astronauts on long missions. At the opening ceremonies, his work will remind us not only to work to address our current challenges, but also to anticipate those we will face in the future.

Michael A. Williams, MD
Professor, Neurology and Neurological Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Michael A. Williams, MD is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His neurology residency was also at Indiana University and he then had a fellowship in neurosciences critical care at Johns Hopkins, where he was then on faculty from 1991 to 2007. He has been at the University of Washington since 2016.

Dr. Williams has over 30 years of clinical and research expertise in adult hydrocephalus and disorders of CSF circulation and intracranial pressure. He established hydrocephalus centers at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Washington. He co-directed the first NIH hydrocephalus workshop in 2005, and co-founded the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders and the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.

Since 2012 he has been involved in research related to spaceflight associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) and its potential relationship to abnormal ICP during long-duration spaceflight. He was co-investigator on a team that performed the first direct ICP measurements in humans in transient microgravity during parabolic flight. His current work, funded by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, is focused on methods to safely and accurately measure ICP in astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight.

His background also includes biomedical ethics. Dr. Williams was co-chair of the Ethics Committee at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and chair of the American Academy of Neurology Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee.

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